David W. Field

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Field, David W.

Brockport: David W. Field passed away peacefully on March 10, 2014, at age 85, after many years of illness.

Predeceased by his wife, Mary Fessenden and first wife, Dorothy. Survived by son, Brooke (Dawn) Field; stepchildren, Michael (Kimberlee) Kadar-Kallen & Amber Kallen-Monroe (David Monroe & Nancy Smyth); grandchildren, Jonathan, Josiah, Lydia, Anna, Mary Rose, Eliza & Kateri Kadar-Kallen, Linnaea & Liam Monroe; sisters, Cynthia King and Natalie (Stuart) Beavis; many nephews and nieces.

David was a native New Englander. Born in Keene, New Hampshire in 1928, by the age of four he had been twice elected, "Adonis God of Beauty." He never let anyone forget it.

From 1946-1948 he served in the United States Navy on the USS Howard Gilmore. Thanks to the GI Bill, David graduated from Keene Teachers' College four years later and continued his education at UMass Amherst earning his MS Ed. degree in Educational Administration. He earned a full scholarship to Syracuse University in 1965 though he chose not to complete his dissertation for his PhD.

David's professional career in Educational Administration began in 1963 in the Liverpool Central School District as an intern. By the end of the year, David had earned a prestigious Ford Foundation internship in the US Office of Education in Washington DC. Upon his return from DC, he became the Assistant Superintendent of Liverpool from 1965-67. His career brought him to Rennselaer County BOCES and then Williamsville Central Schools as Assistant Superintendent.

1973, David became Superintendent of the Brockport Central School District. He loved the work, the staff, the teachers, and fellow administrators. He worked tirelessly to keep and expand the arts in Brockport and was instrumental in the renovation of the Oliver Middle School and the building of the Fred W. Hill School. Brockport Central School District was his home for 17 years before he retired in 1990.

As a retiree, David was content to travel the country, collect stamps and trains, play with his cats, work in his gardens, and read to his heart's content. Even so, his passion for education compelled him to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Seymour Library.

In 1992 he married the love of his life, Mary Fessenden, thus beginning a new chapter in his life. He loved being her husband and adored his new role of grandpa or "Boppa," as the grandchildren called him. Both David and Mary resided at Lakeside Beikirch Care Center in Brockport for the last years of their lives and were grateful for the loving and caring nurses, CNAs, and staff who took care of them like family. When Mary passed away in April of last year, David was heartbroken. It was his greatest wish to be with her again.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2PM in the Duryea Room of the Seymour Library. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in David's name to the Seymour Library, 161 East Ave., Brockport, NY 14420. Arrangements Entrusted to Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc. Hilton.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Mar. 16, 2014
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