Dan McGuiness


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Dan McGuiness will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 516 Fillmore Street, Davenport.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  The family will greet friends Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, Davenport. Dr. McGuiness died Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Keswick Memory Care Center in Baltimore following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Daniel Matthew McGuiness was born September 18, 1943 in Davenport the son of Mark C. and Teresa G. (Reynolds) McGuiness.  He graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School and was a 1960 graduate of Assumption High School.  Dan attended St. Ambrose College first as a member of the seminary, then as a regular student receiving a B.A. in English.  Dan earned his Master’s Degree in English at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and his PhD in English University of Iowa.

Dan was united in marriage to Ilona “Loni” Kuehnhackl in 1966, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport.

Dan was drafted into the Army in the summer of 1968 serving some of that time in Vietnam.


In 1986, Dan and Loni moved to Baltimore, Maryland to take teaching positions at Loyola College now Loyola University Maryland.  He first taught English then moved into the Writing Department where he guided many students in their studies of poetry writing, poetics, fiction, and freshmen composition.  Dan had published many articles, and wrote a book titled “Holding Patterns: temporary poetics in contemporary poetry.”  At the time of his passing, he had retired from Loyola as an Associate Professor of Writing.  He was a revered and beloved professor, and lived for three things: his family, his students and his discipline.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Daniel McGuiness’ honor in care of Brian Oakes, Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 21210

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Loni; his brother David McGuiness and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, may they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Dan’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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