David Brian Fiero
February 25, 1950 - December 28, 2020
Bellingham, Washington - Bellingham, Washington – At the age of 70, David Fiero passed away after a lengthy battle with Multiple Myeloma and Bladder Cancer. He is survived by his wife Petra Fiero of Bellingham, brother Doug Fiero (Linda) in Portland, OR, and sister Lisa Fiero (David) in Superior, CO.
David Fiero was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 25, 1950, and grew up in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1972, where he was a leading member of the cross-country team. He earned a MA (1989) and PhD (1997) from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) in Modern Languages and Literatures (Spanish). He met his wife Petra on her very first day at the University of Regensburg when she was nineteen; the two were linked for nearly forty years by their dedication to educating students in English, Spanish, and German at UNL and Western Washington University in Bellingham.
David pursued his hobby of collecting coins with extraordinary passion. In his doctoral dissertation he was able to combine his love of literature with his tremendous knowledge of the economic circumstances and coinage of the Golden Age in Spain. During the last five years he rewrote his thesis under the title "Tilting at a Numismatic Windmill: The World of Don Quixote in Coins, Medals, Tokens and Banknotes." Much of his time in retirement was spent acquiring and inserting photographs of the precious coins he was writing about in that work.
One of David's favorite verbs was "to explore" ("Let's just explore what's around this next bend"); he encouraged his students to explore different cultures, learn a world language, but most of all, to broaden their horizons by studying abroad. David and Petra travelled to many countries culminating in a trip to Machu Picchu when he was 60 years old. He visited his beloved Spain numerous times and had favorite singer songwriters and authors he returned to repeatedly to explore their latest work.
A voracious reader, David would study the newspaper from front to back and watch the PBS News Hour to know what was going on in the world. He read books in English, Spanish and German on a variety of subjects. An avid cyclist, hiker, and swimmer, David was always on the move. He loved to walk in the forests and get lost in the luscious green of the giant trees of the Pacific Northwest. "Jefe", as he was lovingly called, was also an accomplished guitarist and founded the duo "The Primitives" with Kendall Whitney on the mandolin.
David will be dearly missed by his family and friends, colleagues, and many numismatists. His sister Lisa has graciously offered to compile "Fiero Fables". If you have memories or pictures of David, please send them to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Arbor Day Foundation https://shop.arborday.org/trees-in-memory
or A Living Tribute https://alivingtribute.org/