He came to Princeton from University High School in Cleveland. He majored in economics and belonged to Colonial.
Following graduation he sought his fortune in the Texas oil fields. After three months as a drilling-rig roughneck, he was convinced there was a better way and came back east to Harvard Business School. After a two-year hitch as a Coast Guard PT boat commander, he worked in Houston for a short while, then moved to west Texas hill country to become a rancher and pecan grower. Dave met Margaret (Wellesley ’52) while he was at Harvard. They married in 1954 and raised their three children on the ranch.
Ranching did not restrict Dave’s dedication to service, as he was an active participant in the prison ministry Kairos, a participant in veterinary medical missions to Honduras for more than 20 years, and a school board member. An expert at barbecuing, Dave always kept the welcome mat out at the ranch.
Dave was predeceased by Margaret in June 2017. He is survived by their children, Carol ’81, Kenneth ’84, and Susan; six grandchildren; and brothers Robert ’48 and Bruce ’56.