Dave was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1961, where he was Salutatorian of this class. In high school he became an Eagle Scout and was active in drama and debate. In addition to camping he enjoyed playing baseball in the summer. At Carleton Dave majored in Sociology-Anthropology and was an active participant in intramural sports, especially Continental League softball. Following graduation he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to work in Malaysia. After the Peace Corps Dave did extensive graduate work in American Studies at New York University and the University of Minnesota. Unfortunately, Dave was afflicted with schizophrenia most of his adult life. However, with the help of medications, mental health professionals and the support of his family, he was able to accomplish much in his life. He followed politics closely and volunteered countless hours in the support of progressive issues and candidates.
Throughout his life Dave enjoyed music, photography, reading, politics and, of course, his beloved Green Bay Packers. Dave was my roommate senior year. I remember him as always being intellectually curious and having a lively sense of humor. He had a warm, friendly personality and was very kindhearted. I also remember his grace on a ball field and his ability to carry a tune flawlessly. David passed away suddenly at a hospital in Green Bay on February 23, 2013, of complications related to pneumonia. He is survived by his two younger brother and their families.
I have some personal recollections to add to Craig Olson’s description of Dave’s life.
I don’t remember when I first met Dave, but I know we immediately connected as fellow Wisconsinites. It didn’t take long to realize that Dave was an exceptionally nice person. I enjoyed being around him and had the good fortune to room with Dave and Craig our senior year.
Graduation day was the last time Dave and I saw each other, but we reconnected by email about 25 years ago. I always enjoyed hearing from him. Dave even arranged for me to use his family’s tickets to a Packers game. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see each other the couple times I passed through Green Bay.
Dave was a good, enjoyable, compassionate person. He is a part of some of my best memories of Carleton.