David Whitman Chance of Petaluma, California and Las Vegas, Nevada died peacefully in his sleep February 20, 2013. He was the Dean of the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from 1980 to 1991. He taught orientation, psychology and philosophy classes for the University of Phoenix in both Northern California and Las Vegas where he also taught for other local college degree programs.
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Born in Hayward, California, November 6, 1942, the son of George and Marjorie Chance, he grew up in Petaluma, a member of the first graduating class of the new Petaluma High School in 1960, where he was president of the student body and class valedictorian. Trained in piano, he often performed with his brother, John at church camp and other programs. After high school they both appeared in leading roles in Little Theater productions of "HMS Pinafore," and "Pirates of Penzance," in Petaluma and Sonoma. He also appeared in "The Mikado" and "Gypsy".
He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1966, and his Master of Arts degree in Research Psychology from San Francisco State University in 1972. While establishing the college he married Mary Kay Boudreax. They later moved to Sebastopol, California from where he commuted and later worked at Holiday Inn Express.
David moved to Las Vegas in 2004 with his second wife, Bernell Walker, who preceded him in death in 2008. He organized the Las Vegas Screenwriters Group, finishing the first of two screen plays, "How I Learned to Love Bigfoot." He is interviewed in the documentary film "Foreclosure City" (2010).
He is survived by his brother John and sister-in-law Theresa Chance, his nieces Kristina Chance, Karen Vasquez and her children Brandon and Elaina Cox, all from San Francisco, as well as his cousins Marcia Fazeli, Jan Woodward and Ruth Nahigian and their families.
A small memorial for close family members will be scheduled in April. Donations may be sent to the World Wildlife Fund.
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from Feb. 28 to Mar. 27, 2013