Some of my most vivid K memories were of Dave offering care and support to less-than-optimally-prepared Land/Sea freshman such as myself when faced with challenge and physical adversity in the wilds. He had the heartbreaking news on our watch in September of 1979 that the remains of his son had been located in Chicago, which would stop many parents from being able to care for themselves, let alone others. What moved me most was Dave's ongoing commitment to making the world a better place despite the fact that human beings could be so cruel. His list of teaching, community and family accomplishments bears witness to his amazing strength of character and the regenerative power of life and continuing to do good work in the world. Peace be to his memory, to his family, and to that of his beloved son.
I went on Land/Sea in 1980. But I knew of Dr. Winch before I went to K College from the tornado in Kalamazoo in May of that year. While my father and I were going around helping people cut up fallen trees in their yards using our chain saw, David was doing the same with his axe.
His exploits during his many years directing Land/Sea include one story told to me by my leaders that they once filled his backpack with boulders before a 6 mile hike. He still outpaced the young college students.
Dr. Winch was one of the gentlest souls, curious minds, and supportive teachers I have ever been blessed with. He is one of those special teachers whom I try to remember when I struggle in teaching myself. I am a better teacher and person because of them. God bless you and your family.
David Winch was one of the driving forces behind the Woodward School for Technology and Research. He was a magnificent teacher and such a positive force for all of us that worked at WSTAR. So very sad to hear of his passing. I will always remember him riding his bike to WSTAR in the dead of winter. With a big smile on his face.
Dr. Winch never questioned why a girl with barely two HS science classes wanted to study in the Physics department. Instead, he shared his curiosity and passion for learning and teaching with me. Twenty-five years later, I am still touched by his kindness. Grace and Peace to his beloved family.
David was an incredible teacher, outdoorsman and role model. If ever there was a man who relished life, it was him. On Land/Sea he was bigger than life. I will always remember the wake he left while canoeing, and watching him swim in a frigid northern lake singing at the top of his lungs. He seemed to get just as much joy out of explaining electromagnetic energy. He was a gem of a person who I will never forget. My sympathies go out to the Winch family
I have fond memories of Dave on Land/Sea adventures as well as in class. Blessings to his family. I am a better person for knowing him.
Dave Winch brought his love of the outdoors and the many associated learning opportunities to thousands of students. My experiences in Land/Sea (1976 and as a leader in 1979) and in the K College marine biology program in the Bahamas (1978), both of which Dave co-led w/Dr David Evans, undoubtedly led me to my 30 year career with the National Park Service. I'm grateful for his outdoor leadership.
With sincere sympathy for your loss, I include the following: I began as a student at "K" after working for almost four years at the local bank following my high school graduation. The Land/Sea program more than prepared me for the shock of studying again. After hanging off the sides of mountains and sailing down Lake Huron I was ready to take on "K" academics. Thank you Dr. Winch for a wonderful, life changing experience.
Dr. Winch touched many lives including my own at Kalamazoo College. I have great memories of him since I was both a Land/Sea participant (1989) and earned BA in Physics (1993). My sincere sympathies to your families.
My deepest condolences for the loss of this amazing man. I met Dr Winch during Land/Sea in 1981 and had the honor of being his co-leader my senior year at Kalamazoo College. His quiet, kind demeanor has been my lasting impression of him these almost 30 years. Peace to your hearts at this sad time and always.
My condolences go out to the Winch family...hugs and blessings to you all. ~Ivana Ivkovic, K '95
Dr Winch was an inspiration to me when I was in college ('94). His approach to problem solving, his patience and caring spirit will be missed. Because of his support I followed my passion in physics, to go on to earn a graduate degree in Geophysics. May you find comfort in the knowledge of how he changed the lives of his students.
I had the privilege of being a leader on Land/Sea with Dr. Winch in 1976 -- it was an adventure I will never forget. Dave was one of a kind.
Land and Sea was my first experience with K College and an experience I still fondly remember today. Thank you, David, for making this experience possible. Your passion for nature was contagious!
Jane Woodworth Pettit K'79
Suzanne, may the love you and David shared, sustain you through these dark days.
Please know my heart is with you and yours.
My sincere sympathy and love to you all.
Dave was a unique kind of guy....a dedicated teacher, a fine scientist, and a gentleman to work for.
Dave was the one I would consult when I had a question about physics; although I didn't always understand the answer, he stuck with it until I did. And I could always count on seeing him anytime a tree was down--what an axman he was!
Dr. Winch reached so many students with his unique style and personality. He was a tremendous asset to the K-College community and a blessing to all those whose lives were privileged enough to be touched by his.
David was an outstanding colleague, a great teacher, and a remarkable human being. He will be sorely missed.