Douglas Parkhurst Daniels, of Oak Grove, Oregon, has been described as determined, generous and driven to succeed. He believed that everyone could be successful if they worked hard enough and demanded excellence in those around them.
Doug was born on October 31, 1937 in Portland to Theodore Daniels and Irene (Barnekoff) Berg and was an only child. He attended Columbia Preparatory High School and was a member of their final graduating class in 1955. He was very proud of his Civil Engineering degree from Oregon State University in 1960 and received his Professional Engineer (P.E.) in 1963.
Since his childhood he had a love of cars and built his life around them. The roadway was the basis for his career and driving fast was his passion. Whenever he had a chance he would enjoy taking a “willing victim” for a ride in one of his cars.
Doug began his career working as a transportation engineer at the Oregon Highway Department. He went to work for Coral Corporation in 1970 and served as their Steel Fab Plant Engineer. Soon after, while attending a conference in Corvallis, Doug learned of a new roadway safety device being manufactured by Energy Absorption Systems. The owners of Coral were very enthusiastic to learn about Impact Attenuators and immediately signed up to be a distributor with EAS. Because it was his idea, Doug was given the “opportunity” to become a salesman. In 1979 when it was time for the current owners of Coral to retire, they offered the sales arm of the company to Doug and he became a small business owner at the age of 42. Coral Sales Company is now in its 38th year of providing Highway Safety Equipment to the Pacific Northwest.
Doug felt that with a college degree, anyone could succeed and he was a long time benefactor of OSU, UP and PSU. In 1987 he established the Douglas P. Daniels/Coral Sales Company Scholarship to assist transportation engineering students in the Northwest. The program is celebrating its 30th year and has awarded over 850 scholarships to date.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents and Stepfather Craig Berg; he is survived by his daughters, Diane (Mark) and Deborah; grandchildren, Alexander, Nicholas, Lauren and Isaac.
Original Coral Sales Company logo. 1979-2014.
Coral Sales Company/Daniel P. Douglas Scholarship Endowment Fund
Gifts can be made to the Coral Sales Company/Daniel P. Douglas Scholarship Endowment Fund and sent to the following address:
Oregon State University Foundation
850 SW 35th Street
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Checks should be made payable to OSU Foundation and noted as a gift to the Coral Sales Company/Daniel P. Douglas Scholarship Endowment Fund.