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March 03, 2015

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March 03, 2015

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November 28, 2012
Iowa just learned the sad news about David. We are heartbroken at the Writers' Workshop. He was loved and admired by his colleagues and those that had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a wonderful man and writer and will be sorely missed. May God be with his family during this difficult time.
November 28, 2012
To David's family:

I am saddened beyond words to hear of David's passing. He was the heart of every magazine I edited -- Update, React, Parade -- and a cherished friend. I assigned David the stories that mattered most -- the ones that summoned readers to reach out and take action, that elicited 'the better angels of our nature,'  as Lincoln wrote. Because he cared so deeply about human rights and improving the lives of children, because he loved words and images so much, because he took so much pride in his work and made every quote, comma and anecdote count, because (I am moved to repeat) he cared so much and so deeply, David captured and stirred the best in us. I will remember him for his compassion and integrity, his curiosity and spirit of adventure and for the difference he made in so many lives, including my own.

Please know that my thoughts are with you, his loved ones.
November 27, 2012
Dear members of David's family,
I just heard today about David's passing. I am shocked and deeply saddened by this news. He came to UMBC in 2009 as our New Student Book Experience speaker. He talked with our returning Peace Corps volunteers, had lunch with students, dinner with faculty and staff, and provided us with an educational experience we will never forget. What we will remember most was his passion for life and his gracious spirit.

I am so very sorry for your loss.
November 26, 2012
"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln

And what wonderful life in David's years!
November 26, 2012
I just wish I got to have more conversations with him. He was more than a writer to his family. He was a good, good guy. He loved my Aunt Dawn the way she deserved to be loved and he was so humble in spite of his accomplishments. The reality of it all is losing him is not unique. We will lose everyone close to us or they will lose us on this side of heaven. All we can do is believe and trust In Jesus, in heaven, and know for a fact that the hope God has put in our hearts will lead us all to the same place one day- A place where we find all those whom we have lost. Ill miss my Uncle David. I Thank him for who he was to Dawn..... Life on this earth is merely a blink of an eye- Im glad David was in my 'blinks' eye view..
November 26, 2012
David is a friend from high school, and I was very sorry to read of his death. We exchanged an email
in 2008, and I was glad to have caught up with him then.

My thoughts are with you all. Our world is a lesser place without him. My best, Megan Giles Cooney
November 26, 2012
To David's family,
Those I met and those I didn't,
I met David when he was honored by the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle. We loved his writing, his presentation, and his warmth. Our world is diminished by his death.

Sherra Babcock
Chautauqua, NY
November 26, 2012
David's enthusiasm in both his work and in helping those less fortunate will always be remembered. He is a role model for all who look to help people in third world countries. Many talk about solutions. David acted out these solutions. Many lives will be affected by his constructive work! David,You are a guiding light for us all.We will miss your sense of justice, as well as your sense of humor!
November 25, 2012
Dear Marjorie and family,
We just heard about your loss and we are so very sorry. There are no words to express it. You are in our hearts tonight.
-Laura Yavitz and Darin Dockstader
November 25, 2012

Born of accomplished parents.
Born with gifts.
A meshing of intellect and skill.
The head and the heart
to bring elegance to the ordinary;
to translate the incomprehensible;
to give words the weight of photographs;
to bring observers close.
David had more stories to tell.
His loss belongs to us all.

Richard and Judy Columbus,
Loving friends of David's parents

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