David Wright ’74

16 August 2022
David Wright

Class: 1974

Residence: Winchester, MA

Deceased: August 6, 2022


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  • 2023-02-22 21:08:39
    Chris Helm

    David Scott Wright (Aka “Spickett) 1952-2022

    We lost David to pancreatic cancer on August 6, 2022. He was 70. His obituary can be found at this site.

    David was my roommate at Carleton for 2 years, starting freshman year at First Burton, and my friend for over 50 years. Friends will remember him as a fun, charismatic, music loving person, and a talented photographer. Upon arriving at the dorm, fall term, he grabbed a name tag intended for another class and floormate, David Spickett, who decided to serve his country instead. David marked up the name tag with “West Point or bust” and thereafter came to be known as Spickett.

    By the time he left Carleton at the end of Sophomore year, to travel and teach English in Japan, David had friends all over campus and across all classes. Although David ended up graduating from U of New Hampshire, many of the friends he made at Carleton are still good friends today. In his 50-year professional life, David managed a music store, owned and published a music paper, “The Sweet Potato” (and partied, during those heady times, with luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt), worked for Ross Perot (for whom he ran a start-up in London), and as an IT consultant, worked to improve the logistics problems of major metropolitan transit systems, such as in New York and Boston. Throughout his life, he continued to take photographs, which he did exceptionally well. He developed a love for the blues, while at Carleton, taught himself to play the blues harp (harmonica), and for a while played in a blues band.

    Most of all, David loved to mentor young people, and is survived by dozens of former colleagues and friends from and in many countries, who he had mentored and helped to get established in business and other occupations. He also loved to build things for people, including a miniature home for his friend's grandkids, and a lovely jewelry box for daughter, Amy. David leaves behind the love of his life, Debra, and daughter, Amy – thankfully David was able to attend Amy’s wedding to her Alex, in May as they had moved the wedding to Boston in May, from Puglia in June. He also leaves brother Ryan, sisters Leslie, Marci (’77), and Phyllis.

    A fund is being established in his name to provide mentorships for young people. To learn more about this, please contact me at christopherrhelm@gmail.com.

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