Emilio Q. "Mim" Daddario, 91

Emilio Q. 'Mim' Daddario, Democratic congressman from Connecticut, dies at 91

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Emilio Q. "Mim" Daddario, above in 1963, served on a House subcommittee involved with the Apollo missions to the moon. (Associated Press)
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By T. Rees Shapiro
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Emilio Q. "Mim" Daddario, 91, a Connecticut Democrat who championed science research and development during his six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, died of a heart ailment July 6 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Daddario was a standout athlete in college and wartime spy before embarking on a career in law and politics. After his congressional service from 1959 to 1971, he served as the director of the old congressional Office of Technology Assessment and as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

On Capitol Hill, he chaired the House Science Committee's subcommittee on science research and development, and the subcommittee on patents and science inventions. He also served on a subcommittee that was involved with the planning and development of the Apollo missions to the moon.

Emilio Quincy Daddario was born Sept. 24, 1918, in Newton Centre, Mass. He was a 1939 graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and played on the school's baseball and football teams. He was the captain of the football team in 1938 and was twice named the team's most valuable player. He received a law degree from the University of Connecticut in 1942.

He served in the Army during World War II, and he was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, a CIA precursor. According to the 2004 book "Mussolini: The Last 600 Days of Il Duce," by Ray Moseley, Mr. Daddario was credited with capturing Benito Mussolini's chief of staff, Rodolfo Graziani, at the Hotel Milan in April 1945. Mr. Daddario's decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

He began his political career in 1946 as the mayor of Middletown and, two years later, was appointed judge of the Middletown municipal court.

A member of the Connecticut National Guard, Mr. Daddario served in the Korean War as a member of the Far East Liaison group. He returned to Connecticut and practiced law until being elected to the House in 1958. He did not seek reelection in 1970 and lost a Connecticut gubernatorial bid that same year.

His wife of 66 years, Berenice Carbo Daddario, died in 2007.

Survivors include three sons, Anthony Daddario of Philadelphia, Stephen Daddario of Washington and Richard Daddario, a Justice Department attache based in Moscow who is slated to lead the New York Police Department's counterterrorism bureau; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

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