He came to Princeton from William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.
At Princeton he majored in biology and conducted an experimental thesis on “Twenty-four hour periodicities in Drosophila.” A member of Terrace Club, he was active in the Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs and pursued interests in sailing, photography, and music.
In the years between graduation and the class’s 10th reunion, he was a graduate student in the department of zoology at Rutgers, where he served as teaching assistant and assistant instructor in general biology, anatomy, and genetics.
Dave’s chief avocational interest was cruising on the New England coast and Chesapeake Bay and racing Class E sloops. In later years he was involved in the Mercer County Libertarian Party, advocating for smaller government and more individual freedoms. He spent summers rusticating on an island off the coast of Maine. He enjoyed a long daily walk, classical music, dogs, and a good scotch whisky.
Dave was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Barbara. He is survived by his children, Megan, Christopher, Jonathan, Robin Mayhew, and Melissa Staid; and eight grandchildren.