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David Ralph Birk


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David Ralph Birk Obituary
Birk, David Ralph
Born on June 12, 1947, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, David passed away on March 3, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He succumbed after a long and valiant fight to cancer. David's father, a Lutheran minister, and mother, a high school teacher, provided David and his sister, Ellen, a happy childhood, always stressing the importance of a good education. By the age of 16, David had decided that he wanted to pursue a career in the law. David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School. David would go on to practice as an attorney for 40 years. For more than 20 years he served as general counsel for Avnet, Inc., a Fortune 200 global distributor of electronic components and computer products. In that capacity he worked for six CEOs, providing thoughtful and ethical guidance throughout his career. After his retirement from Avnet, David started his own consulting business, Black Belt Compliance. His stellar reputation for sound legal advice, and his calm demeanor, made David a much sought after advisor in C-suites and as a mentor for general counsels nationwide. David earned his Project Management and Change Management Certifications, and in 2008 was recognized by Arizona Business Magazine as one of Arizona's most influential lawyers. David was passionate about the professions of law and business, and he showed that dedication in all aspects of his professional life. More importantly, he loved and was loved by his family. David is survived by his wife, Wilma, daughters, Whitney, Kerry, Leah, and son-in-law Freddy. David was predeceased in June 2015 by daughter Caitlin, who is survived by husband, Jonathan, and their son (grandson), Nicholas. A Celebration of Life is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the , David R Birk.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 9, 2016
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