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October 09, 2014
My deepest sympathies. I was saddened to hear of David's passing. He was one of my best friends during our University of Chicago days. From my first month at school, David, Jon Cheskin, Dan Katz and I spent many hours together, going to the Chicago Symphony, watching Star Trek, or discussing just about anything. Unfortunately, we didn't keep in touch. I will regret that for the years to come, but I will fondly recall our four years in Chicago.
October 02, 2014
I am so shocked, and saddened to hear of David's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences to you on your loss of David, who was for a time one of my most dear friends at the University of Chicago. We met through mutual friends and shared a love of music, muffins, Monty Python, and other things that do (or do not) begin with "m".

One of my fondest memories was traveling with him to Eugene for one of his friends' wedding, and visiting places from his childhood; I learned a lot about cherries during that visit! Of course, my favorite is the Lambert, and I enjoyed getting to know the feline Lambert that week.

I will never forget him, and I am a better person for having known him.
September 13, 2014
I am so shocked and sorry to learn that David is gone. I worked for him at UChicago's MacLab, where as a rookie tutor I very much appreciated his patience and humor. We were friends outside of the lab as well, and I especially remember his musicianship (including the singing aloud of stretches of Rachmaninoff) and his quoting of Monty Python movies. My heartfelt condolences to you.
May 17, 2014
Our sympathy to all; much too young, much too early and much too nice a person.

Our love, Terry and Sally Hileman
May 10, 2014
The Hansen family, David, Janis, Margretta, Ellie, hold David and the Walton family in our prayers.
May 01, 2014
I didn't know David, but I wish I had. I know of David through his sister, Tracy. The picture she paints of her little brother is of a kind, thoughtful, fair and fun man. If he shared the family traits that I have grown to know and love in Tracy, then I'm sure I would have loved David, too. My deep and sincere condolences to those he left behind.
April 23, 2014
Condolences to David's family. He was a good co-worker and fine person. What a loss.
April 22, 2014
What an outstanding individual, and what a loss to higher education in Eugene. David was the quiet, forever credible man behind online education at Lane Community College. When no one else could or would trouble themselves to respond to an urgent question, we could count on David to be there with the precise correction, responding with equanimity and grace. It was a significant sacrifice for the college to lose David to the university, but he always seemed to be meant for bigger things. How much we all could learn from this model intellect.
April 21, 2014
Dear David,

De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine - out of the dephts of sorrow I cry to you, O Lord! The words of Psalm 130 come to my mind when I think back to the moment when I learned about your brutal death - the feeling of complete powerlessness and desertion to a terrible fate. Oh Lord, hear my voice and let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy...
We were so close when I spent this wonderful year in Eugene with you, Barbara and Page in 1982/83, now more than 30 years ago. I admired how you played the piano (I still remember you playing a Chopin Valse), how you sang in the Church (then Barbara played the organ at St. Thomas and we went there every sunday) and how brilliantly you pleaded in the forensics debates at North Eugene High School. You were a very earnest and hard working student, with plenty of talent and committment.
When I had to leave the Walton family after this AFS-year I was very sad, because I knew that it would be difficult to keep in touch over such a huge distance and with all the schooling and training ahead of us. We both continued our education and only occasionally heard from each other.
I was proud of you when I learned about your successful college and university studies, but unfortunately we both did not write regularly and I was too busy to keep the kind of contact which would have been appropriate. However, I always hoped, that one day we could renew our bonds, looking back to our common past and share the experiences we made since. Your sudden departure leaves for me a terrible void which can not be filled any more - at least within our human limitations. Therefore the only hope to reach out to you is in the metaphysical sphere. As it reads in the psalm: "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his words I hope. Quia apud Dominum misericordia, et copiosa apud eum redemptio - because with Him there is steadfast love and plentiful redemption."
At the end of this cry De profundis there is the hope for justice: "God will redeem Israel from all his iniquities." In this hour of mourning and sadness, dear David, I sincerely hope that this quest for justice which was your personal mission and which is so often deemed to be frustrated in our human world will be answered for you by our Lord Jesus Christ. May he comfort you, bring you his eternal peace and allow us to stay close beyond our merely physical existence!

Dear Eric, dear Allan, dear Keith and dear Tracy,
let me express my deepest condolences to you. I cannot express in words my sadness in this hour of mourning - but also my profound gratitude to David, Barbara and Page and the whole Walton family for all their kindness and generosity. I sincerely hope that we can keep in contact and see each other on a less desperate occasion. Let us always remember David in his high spirits, with his youthful optimism and his sincere longing for justice.
Love
Franz-Stefan

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