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David Partridge

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PARTRIDGE, David

David Partridge died of complications from pancreatic cancer on March 29, 2014, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was born in Flint, Michigan, to Ronald and Dorothy Partridge. He was 75 years old. A native of the tiny farm community of Clio, he was raised in the house his grandfather built.

A National Merit Scholar, David graduated from the University of Michigan in 1960, where he played clarinet in the Michigan Marching Band, thrilled to lead the band onto the field of screaming fans.

In 1964, David earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was proud to be among the first classes in that program to include women classmates. He sang in the Harvard Glee Club – and to his knowledge he was the only business school graduate to have ever done so.

Following graduate school, David moved to California where he met his wife, Catherine. They had two children. In 1974 he founded his own company, Data Devices International, Inc., which specializes in data management and data security solutions.

David's lifelong passion for music was solidified when in high school, at the age of 16, he won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen School's summer arts program. David played sixteen instruments and especially loved jazz, the philharmonic and the opera. One of his favorite boyhood memories was listening to Bennie Goodman's Carnegie Hall 1938 recording with his father on the weekends.

David was an avid supporter of both music and the arts, a world-class traveler who had visited every continent, and had friends all over the world. Those who knew him will remember him for his positive attitude, bright smile and booming laugh, which filled a room with joy.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Catherine, and their two children, Michael and Monica.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers you make a donation in David's name to an organization he passionately supported, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, where he was Chairman Emeritus of the board of directors. For more information, please contact Jenkins Shannon at (626) 568-3665, extension 15, or jshannon@pmcaonline.org.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Apr. 6, 2014
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