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March 5, 2013
February 22, 2013
I have just learned of David's passing. He and I arrived at Wofford together, he as a student and I as a very junior faculty member. From the first day, I realized he was someone exceptional. I assumed he had just returned from a year or more in France; in fact, he had never lived in France, but nonetheless spoke French beautifully and had a love and understanding for the matter surpassing what should have been possible for a recent HS graduate. Over the course of our two years together, my appreciation of David deepened as I came to know him not just as a student but as a person and as a friend. We worked together in organizing a small coterie of French-lovers, fine people all, with David inspiring us all, and vibrating an octave above the rest of us , yet always fresh, charming, modest, sensitive, stimulating, with a smile on his face (and a song in his heart). Of all the students I have encountered in a career of teaching French and Latin, he stands out for his fine humanity. I feel tongue-tied in my limited capacity to evoke David and thankful to the many who have done so better than I in this guest book, overcome by sadness at his passing and gratitude at having known him, first at Wofford as a teacher and role model, then at French literature conferences as a colleague and peer, and lastly as a fellow learner - and his disciple in both the language and the art of living - in the Tunberg intensive summer colloquia. I have missed not crossing paths with him the last several years, and now am trying to accept the fact that our paths will not cross again. Thank you David for all you have given me. I shall remember you always
February 21, 2013
My sincerest condolences to David's family and friends. An irreparable loss.

Sunt quos mens luget, sunt quos praecordia maerent,
morte sua gemitum rarus utrique movet.
pectoris eversa est regio, vastatus et orbis
ingenii fatis, David adempte, tuis.
nec docti doctum, philomusus nec philomusum,
nec vili perdunt tantum homines hominem.
quis duplex nobis damnum reparaverit unus?
quae mentem, quae cor sarciet una manus?
quis paris ingenii, paris et quis pectoris alter
esuriem geminae solvet utramque animae?
February 18, 2013
Non licuit mihi coram cognoscere Davidem, sed fama eius per totum orbem Latinum est pervagata, et quantum haec fama fert, fuit vir immensae et eruditionis et humanitatis. Ergo par erit eum celebrari versibus quoque, et hos parvulos quidem hexametros pro mea parte afferam:

Vir bonus et prudens, multa perdoctus in arte,
dilectus multis, humanus et ingeniosus,
optimus atque magister eras lumenque Latinae
praeclarum linguae. Properasti cedere vita:
te pax alma manet, contra desiderium nos.
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