He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and came to Princeton from Plainfield High School. He joined Terrace Club and majored in basic engineering.
After graduation, David joined the Navy and became a commissioned officer on the USS Robert A. Owens, stationed in Norfolk, Va. It was there that he met Violet “Betty” Barnes, who was serving in the Navy as a nurse, and they were married Sept. 21, 1957. They had three sons and raised them in Fredericksburg, Va.
David and his wife later moved to Vienna and finally to Virginia Beach. David worked for the Department of Defense until his retirement. He was a member of Galilee Church in Virginia Beach, singing for many years in the choir.
David is survived by his wife, Betty; their sons Kenneth, Clifford, and Keith; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.