Dave attended Troy High School, where he was sports manager and active in student government, publications, and track. At Princeton he joined Quadrangle Club and majored in architecture.
Dave left to join the Army in 1954 and married Elise Ives in December 1956. He returned to Princeton with Elise after their marriage, then finished his degree in architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
After graduation from RPI Dave embarked on a career representing a new office-partition system in Connecticut, Indiana, Texas, and finally with Herman Miller in Holland, Mich.
Throughout his life Dave loved his dogs, golf, bowling, camping, and especially fishing in the Adirondacks. He loved all kinds of music, from the Chieftains to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alison Krauss, and whale songs. He took great pride in choosing his daily dinnertime soundtracks. Dave loved home-improvement projects and travel, and was a talented photographer.
Dave was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Elise. He is survived by his children, Lynne and Jonathan; and his brother Jack ’53.