VAN LEER--David Mark, beloved spouse, son and brother passed away April 3rd 2013. David was a tenured professor at University of California at Davis until his retirement; thereafter continued his great love of the theater and arts from his residence in New York City. David was born December 26, 1949 in Rockville Centre, NY. He was graduated from Cornell University, and subsequently granted his PhD. David taught at Cornell and Princeton University, before Davis. David is survived by his brother James; sister-in-law Sherrie Bowen-Van Leer, and niece Jennifer Acevedo. He is preceded in death by parents James and Marie Van Leer, and beloved companion and spouse Robert Miles Parker. A private reflection will be attended by his family. A memorial may be arranged at a later date.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 14, 2013