For her outstanding contributions as a business and social studies teacher, Victoria is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Mary and David Pool of Emporia, Kansas.
Victoria L. Daily received both her B.S. in Education, in 1939, and her M.S. in Business Education in 1950, from Kansas State Teachers College, In Emporia, Kansas. In 1969, she received her Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She did additional study at Purdue University, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Texas. She has been both a General Electric and Ford Foundation Fellow.
Victoria DeFore married Ivan Daily on May 23, 1936. They celebrated sixty years together in 1996. Victoria and Ivan had a daughter Mary Pool, who taught in Kansas schools for twenty-seven years. Their son Allen Daily graduated from ESU and is a real estate business in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mrs. Daily now has four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Both of her children and all of her grandchildren are college graduates.
Victoria L. Daily began her thirty-six year teaching career in the Canning Creek one room school near Council Grove, Kansas in 1941. For eighteen years, she taught in Kansas schools; teaching business courses, English, and Social Studies. Victoria taught in Americus, Kansas from 1946 to 1953. Then , from 1953 to 1957, she taught in Hartford, Kansas. She taught at Northern Heights High School in Allen, Kansas, from 1957 to 1960, and at Buhler Rural High School in Buhler, Kansas from 1960-1962.
From 1962 to 1973, Mrs. Daily was on the faculty at the College of Emporia, serving as Department of Business Administration Chairman for five years and as Academic Dean for six years. Mrs. Daily taught business and economics courses at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas after the College of Emporia closed.
Mrs. Daily was a member of the Emporia State University Faculty from 1966 to 1977, and again from March 1981 to November 1981, teaching courses in Accounting, Business, Mathematics, and Finance.
She is a past President of the Kansas Business Education Association, Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the American Association of University Women.
Victoria Daily has had a positive influence on many students throughout her teaching career. Students have many fond memories of their contacts with Mrs. Daily, and remember her thirty, even fifty years later.