Daniel J. Tim­mel, so­cial worker

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - —Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Daniel J. Tim­mel, a so­cial worker who was a tire­less ad­vo­cate for the rights of the dis­abled peo­ple liv­ing in in­sti­tu­tions and nurs­ing homes, died of pan­cre­atic can­cer Sept. 27 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Tow­son.

The Cock­eysville res­i­dent was 62.

The son of Fred Tim­mel, an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer, and Marge Tim­mel, a spe­cial-ed­u­ca­tion teacher, Daniel Jahn Tim­mel was born in Bal­ti­more and raised in Ca­tonsville, where he grad­u­ated from Ca­tonsville High School.

He re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in psy­chol­ogy from Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in1979. Then he ob­tained a mas­ter’s de­gree in so­cial work in 1981 from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land School of So­cial Work.

From 1985 to 2001, Mr. Tim­mel was a clin­i­cal as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor and di­rec­tor of the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Sud­den In­fant Death Project.

He coun­seled fam­i­lies, taught med­i­cal res­i­dents how to help griev­ing fam­i­lies and later an­a­lyzed re­views of un­ex­plained deaths in or­der to im­prove care for at-risk chil­dren.

Mr. Tim­mel worked from 2001 un­til his death at the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­i­caid Ser­vices in Wood­lawn. He ad­vo­cated for qual­ity-of-life is­sues for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties who live in in­sti­tu­tions and nurs­ing homes.

He also was a be­liever in home­and com­mu­nity-based ser­vices for se­niors and in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties. Fam­ily mem­bers said he played an in­stru­men­tal role in the de­vel­op­ment of reg­u­la­tions and poli­cies to im­prove qual­ity-of-life ser­vices for in­sti­tu­tional and com­mu­nity-based care.

He was the 2016 re­cip­i­ent of the Arthur S. Flem­ming Award, pre­sented by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of States United for Ag­ing and Dis­abil­i­ties.

Mr. Tim­mel’s hobby was restor­ing a 250-year-old log cabin in Hunt Val­ley. He also en­joyed trav­el­ing in Europe.

A memo­rial ser­vice was held Oct. 1 at Cen­tral Pres­by­te­rian Church in Tow­son.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 37 years, the for­mer Joanne Va­lerie Mox­ley; a son, Matthew Tim­mel of Nor­ris­town, Pa.; a daugh­ter, Jen­nifer “Jeny” Tim­mel of Bal­ti­more; his mother, Marge Tim­mel of Ca­tonsville; and a brother, Paul Tim­mel of Ca­tonsville.

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