David arrived from Lawrenceville School with a host of accomplishments and achievements in the classroom and sports. Born in Durham, N.C., and raised in Champaign, Ill., where his father was a professor at the University of Illinois, he remained a lifelong fan of the Illini. 

At Princeton he was a premed major and ate at Tower Club. David remained a lifelong student, “reading” Churchill at Oxford in the years just after the millennium. His roommates included John C. Clark III, Tom Coburn, and Donnie Dial. His college years were filled with jokes and pranks that sought to touch but not transgress established standards, and he was well known for his quick and lively sense of humor.

After Princeton David was active in public relations work, then translated his experience to Wall Street, where he helped to place equity securities offerings at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette; Tucker, Anthony & Day; and Whitman, Heffernan, and Rhein. Later he went into business for himself managing money, then retired to Florida with his wife of 54 years, Karen “Dorfina” Pohndorf. 

David died March 7, 2021. He is survived by Dorfina; his children, Kristen Staub and her husband Robert, Mark and his wife Bethany, and Michael and his wife Amy; and seven grandchildren. David was a “hail fellow well met” and a live wire in every sense. Condolences to the family and his friends on their loss.

Undergraduate Class of 1965