Uploaded: Monday, April 23, 2007, 10:46 AM

Daniel Barclay, M-A quiz bowl star, dies in boating accident
by Almanac staff

Menlo Park resident Daniel Barclay, 22, an MIT student who won local acclaim as the keystone of the Menlo-Atherton High School Quiz Bowl team, has died in a boating accident in Massachusetts, his family reported today.

Barclay, who graduated from M-A in 2003 and was only six weeks away from graduating from MIT with a simultaneous master's and bachelor's degrees in political science, was reported missing from MIT on April 8.

After 12 days of searching and investigation, his body was discovered in the surf at a Cape Cod beach, along with part of his boat and bailing bucket, reports his mother, Sue Kayton.

Barclay, who had already received a bachelor's degree in economics at MIT, had accepted a job as a currency trader with a large financial investment firm in Boston, she said.

He had attended Hillview Middle School, Oak Knoll Elementary and Las Lomitas Elementary. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 109.

His M-A Quiz Bowl team never lost a game while he was a member, Kayton said.

"At MIT, he transferred his allegiance to the debate team, and qualified for the National Debate Tournament twice, and World Debate Tournament his junior year," Kayton said in an e-mail.

He is survived by his parents, Sue Kayton and Michael Barclay, and his sister, Rachel, 19. There will be a memorial service in Menlo Park on a date to be announced, the family said.