BLAKESLEE--David W. of Manhattan, died April 9, 2014. Born 1920 in North Haven, CT. Served in WWII with the 10th Army Air Force. He received a B.S. from Central Connecticut State University, a M.S. from New York University and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Harvard University. David made a career in higher education starting as associate professor at Simmons College in Boston and at Michigan State University. From 1957 to 1962 he lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he was technical advisor to the Getulio Vargas Foundation School of Business Administration and product director for Johnson & Johnson of Brazil. Returning to New York City in 1963 he became an associate professor at Rutgers University, made professor in 1974, served as Associate Dean of the business school from 1969 to 1983. In addition to his teaching he served on the boards of a number of prominent business associations. He retired in 1985, traveling the world with his life partner Hans Thrap-Olsen. David was a great patron of the arts and long-time subscriber to the New York Metropolitan Opera. Beloved by family and friends for his style and joie de vivre, he will be missed. Services to be held on May 10, 2:00pm at St. John's Church, 3 Trumbull Place, North Haven, CT.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 27, 2014