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David M. Fine

GREAT BARRINGTON David M. Fine, 78, died at home on April 15, 2013. The son of Leon and Estelle (Macnow) Fine, David was born in Brooklyn. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1944.

A graduate of UCLA with a Ph.D. in English, David was a professor at California State University, Long Beach, for over 35 years. In that time he wrote a wide variety of literary and cultural criticism, including The City, the Immigrant and American Fiction, 1880-1920, and Imagining Los Angeles: A City in Fiction. He was a Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand in 1985-86. A beloved teacher and colleague, he was engaged in writing throughout his life, recently completing a novel, Missing Persons.

Music was another large interest in his life; he was proud to have been a member of the UCLA marching band, and served in the United States National Guard (Reserves) as a member of a military band. He resumed the study of the trombone late in life with great pleasure.

David was deeply committed to political and social justice, and, throughout his life, participated in public demonstrations and political campaigns, and supported international relief efforts. He believed that true democracy demands citizens' engagement at all levels.

David's deepest passion was his family and lifelong friends. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Young; his son, Jason Fine (Tracy Bonham Fine); his daughter, Rachel Herbsman (Tal Herbsman), and two grandchildren, Selman Fine and Naomi Herbsman, as well as many devoted cousins and friends.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service to celebrate the life of David Fine will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Quaker Meeting House, 280 State Road (Route 23) in Great Barrington.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in David's memory to Doctors Without Borders or to the American Civil Liberties Union. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 18, 2013
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