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On March 26, 2016, David H. Tucker, of Pompano Beach, Florida, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, writer, teacher, historian, and actor, died at age 81 from complications related to the return of lung cancer. Dave was born October 30, 1934, to Milton and Miriam Tucker and grew up outside Saint Louis, MO, where his first job (other than helping on the family farm) was working on the showboat as a child actor. He attended the Putney School in Vermont, worked at the MUNY Opera in Saint Louis, then followed his passion for the theater to New York, where he briefly appeared on stage and worked for the ABC radio network. He was drafted into the Army in 1958 (where he worked as a photographer and after surviving the bailout from a plummeting aircraft, as a paratrooper). He earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from San Francisco State College in American Studies, married his first wife, Barbara Schuyler, and returned to St. Louis to teach at Forest Park Community College. Following the birth of their two children, Ben and Aaron, they moved east to New Jersey and then Columbia, Maryland, where Dave worked to help develop several community college programs. He initiated the summer lakefront performing arts program for the Columbia Association before turning to a career of writing and consulting. During this time he authored a landmark study on weight and size discrimination for the Maryland Human Rights Commission and helped develop promotional and educational materials for the first Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday, At the age of 62 he set off on a several year adventure traveling the country full time in an RV. In 2002 he married his second wife Norma Segal in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he embarked on a new career as Mate and then Captain with the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi. After retiring from this second career, Captain Dave started volunteering at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society as a docent, often appearing in the role of Edwin King, a pioneer developer of Fort Lauderdale who was instrumental in founding this modern city. In this role he has been able to bring together his love of theater and history with his experience as a river pilot on those same waters. He is survived by his second wife, Norma; his eldest married son, Ben and Jessica Tucker, and granddaughter Miriam, residing in Plymouth, Minnesota, and Aaron Tucker, currently living in Japan. A memorial service is being planned for June 2016 in Columbia, Maryland.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Apr. 7, 2016
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