David came to Princeton from Canisius (N.Y.) High School. He entered with the Class of 1987 and joined the Class of 1988 after a year away between his freshman and sophomore years. At Princeton David majored in history, was a member of Ivy Club, and played hockey and golf. He earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo.
After Princeton David worked for Procter & Gamble and Rich Products before joining the family automotive dealership that his father started in 1969. David was the CFO and ran Towne Automotive Group with his brother Frank. It was one of the largest automotive groups in the country. David oversaw the finances of multiple dealerships that sold across 17 brands.
Those Princetonians who spent quality time with Dave understood that “Double D” was not just a convenient nickname. Whether you were a teammate on the ice or a fellow Ivy Club member, you knew that you could “Depend on Dave” to support you. “Devoted Dave” would have that deep conversation. “Dynamic Dave” would light up the room and make you laugh. “Devious Dave” got in trouble with a few of us along the way. And for those who were even more fortunate to buy a car from the Towne Group, it was “Dealin’ Dave.”
David is survived by his wife of 24 years, Karen; their four sons, Joseph, Stephen, David Jr., and Ethan; and siblings Matthew, Molly, Stephen, Franklin, and Gretchen.
David will be remembered for his easy and infectious smile and his generosity to all he knew. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.