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David Willis Cole, DBA, 82, born in Fremont, Ohio, went to meet his Savior on September 7, 2020. He is survived by Edie, his wife of fifty eight years; his daughter, Joanna; and his grandson, Jayden; nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Wilma Cole; sister, Virginia Chambers; nephew, Kurt Chambers; and brother-in-law, Harold Walters. David graduated from Capital University where he managed the Chapel Choir; MBA from Ohio University; and DBA from Indiana University. He joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1965 where he taught for almost 40 years and served as chairman of Finance from 1971-1978. He also taught fifty years in the summer program of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. His last teaching role was volunteering at Grace Place, teaching English as a second language. In 1969, David received the OSU Alumni Award for distinguished teaching and went on to receive the College of Business Outstanding Teaching award three times. In 1992, he inaugurated Ohio State's Academy for Financial Executives, an intensive two year executive education program for members of top management of commercial banks and thrifts. David served as Ohio State's representative to Russia six times, delivering banking and small business seminars. He was instrumental in developing the business curriculum at three colleges and universities in Tomsk, Siberia. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2002 along with colleague Ronald Racster for their oversight of the design and construction of the six building Fisher College of Business. He served on the boards of Franklin County Lutheran Social Services, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, Railroad Savings and Loan, and Starr Commonwealth of Michigan. All of his life David cherished his family, friends, leading bible studies, teaching, the arts and travelling. His beautiful baritone voice could be heard in many church choirs, the latest of which was at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Naples Alumni Scholarships mailed to: The OSU Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221, reference Fund #600136. Checks should be made payable to "The OSU Foundation". Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 777 Mooring Line Dr., Naples, FL, 34102. Grace Place at P.O. 990531, Naples, FL 34116.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Sep. 12 to Sep. 20, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
He made “finance” come alive even when dealing with experienced banker students. As a student you wanted to learn and he certainly enhanced the process.
Larry Baker
Student
October 14, 2020
His family and friends are on my thoughts and prayers.
George Sevilla
Student
October 11, 2020
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Jennifer Grau
October 10, 2020
It was such an honor to meet Dr Cole in 2015. He was kind, patient, funny, smart and just an all around remarkable human. He made Hard to digest concepts easier to understand. Whenever I hear someone say the word, “yields,” I hear Dr Cole’s voice, “yieeeellldsssss!” We lost a one of a kind human - sending love and my best to his family.
Nina Kobayashi
Student
October 8, 2020
Dr. Cole was any amazing teacher, and I learned so much from him while attending PCBS. May God bless you and your family.
Lisa Flinders
Student
October 7, 2020
Dr. Cole had a profound influence on my professional life. Many of the concepts I learned from him became integrated into the strategic thinking and planning models I developed and used over a 35 year banking/consulting career. Later, we taught classes back to back for the PCBS alumnae program. I always arrived early enough to attend his sessions, always learning something new and valuable as a result. In the process of earning multiple degrees I was fortunate enough to come in contact with many extraordinary scholars/professors/educators, but none more impactful than Dr. David Cole. He was one of a kind.
Condolences to his family.
Cass Bettinger
Student
October 1, 2020
May his life be a blessing for those whose lives he touched.
Michael Gilbert
September 30, 2020
We knew David and that he was a real man of character. We are so pleased with his Christian faith and how he lived that out. Edie, we love you and pray God's comfort for you and your family
Charles & Marlene Veenstra
Friend
September 30, 2020
I am very very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure to be in Dr. Cole’s last class he taught at PCBS and during my time there I realized he was in many ways the embodiment of the program. He was a great teacher and man. He will be truly missed.
David V. Bobbitt
Student
September 25, 2020
Your life was one of service. You gave of your knowledge, time, assets and most importantly... your heart. You will be forever engraved in my PCBS experience and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to know you. My heart and prayers go out to your lovely family. Thank you Dr. Cole.
Stephanie Ortega
Student
September 23, 2020
Cole family~ I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Cole. He was one of the best and will truly be missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Windy Rudd
Student
September 20, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Francisco Garabis
Friend
September 20, 2020
Dr cole and joanna I just saw Dr Cole obituary in dispatch. So sorry for your loss. What an accomplished man. Warmest regards, Fran garabis
Francisco Garabis
Friend
September 20, 2020
Dear Edie and family, I was saddened to learn of David's death in the paper today. I remembered him from my time at Railroad Savings & Loan and your interactions with my parents, H. Laird (d. 1994) and Jo McGregor. Dr. Cole's talents left quite a legacy and I know you will miss him very much. Fondly,
Laurie McGregor Connor
Friend
September 20, 2020
Edie, So sorry to hear of David's passing. He was a wonderful person. Aslana and I are praying for you and the family.
Stephen Koch,Professor, Capital University
Friend
September 18, 2020
My heart sank when I heard of Dr. Cole's passing. As an educator, he was brilliant, engaging, tough, and yet encouraging all at the same time. The best kind of teacher! All who experienced him recognized the value of what he was teaching us. He lived his life in service to others. The world is truly a better place because of Dr. Cole. May he rest in peace.

Maria Eugenia Leon Guerrero
PCBS Class of 2017
Maria Eugenia H. Leon Guerrero
Student
September 18, 2020
Dave was both a wonderful individual and outstanding colleague. When I arrived as Dean of the College of Commerce at Ohio State Dave provided considerable political and intellectual support to our efforts. His teaching had impact on practice and his interests extended well beyond the U.S. His work with Ron Racster in overseeing completion of the six building Fisher College of Business at was passionately driven and focused enabling generations of students and colleagues to experience an environment second to none. His impact on the lives of others has been remarkable. Knowing him has been one of the privileges of my life.
Joseph A Alutto
Friend
September 18, 2020
Dr. Cole was such an effective teacher that he always got excellence from his students - and we worked to give him our best. We had deep respect for him and held him in the highest regard. What an impact he made on us all. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Jackie Marati, Bank of Guam, PCBS Class of 2009
Jackie Marati
Student
September 17, 2020
I was fortunate enough to attend Dr. Cole's class two different times - at a Bank Administration Institute school and at Pacific Coast Banking School. Even though he was teaching a broad audience at PCBS, he made the content meaningful for people of all levels and backgrounds. I loved his class and always have wished I could take it a third time! He was an excellent professor and made a difference in many people's lives.
Lisa Hefter - PCBS Class of 2009
Student
September 17, 2020
Dr. Cole seemed so intimidating initially but his huge heart and desire to share his unique knowledge was easy to see. I feel so fortunate to have had him as a PCBS professor, his impact will continue to ripple out into the banking community.
Aana Vannoy
Student
September 17, 2020
To have been taught by such an iconic teacher is something I will always cherish about my PCBS experience. I appreciated that Dr. Cole was so approachable for questions after class. There is no doubt his legacy will live on. My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Cole and the entire Cole family. May Dr. Cole Rest In Peace.
Rick Berger PCBS Class of 2015
Student
September 16, 2020
Dr. Cole's class started for me as one of the most intimidating, but finished up as one of my favorites! I learned so much from his method of teaching and admired the passion in which he approached each class! You will truly be missed Dr. Cole! Praying for all who are grieving from this loss!
Lisa Phillips, PCBS Class of 2015
Lisa Phillips
Student
September 16, 2020
My deepest condolences to Edie and his family. What an amazing life, and a legend of PCBS! I am so fortunate and honored to be his student. His stories and humor had left a huge impact on me, and his class had taught me a whole new perspective! Rest in peace, Dr. Cole!
Eva Devyatov
Student
September 16, 2020
As many have expressed, I am a better person for having known Dr. David Cole. I have benefitted from his wisdom, am grateful for his mentorship, and humbled by the lasting impact he has had on so many. I’m honored to continue the journey along the path his footsteps have blazed, but I will never fill his shoes. While I chose friend in my relationship selection with David, I could have equally chosen co-worker or student, as he was so capable of connecting with others in a manner that isn't singularly defined. He will be missed.
Michael Black
Friend
September 16, 2020
I'm saddened to hear this news of Dr. Cole's passing. I can tell you that he was a genuine LEGEND! Not one student will disagree with that. His class was tough, yet engaging and fair. He cared about each individual and their success. My personal interactions with him were few, but when I spoke to him, he always showed a great amount of support and help. Great memories!
Jeff Street
Student
September 16, 2020
Dr. Cole was a great teacher mentor and friend. He had a lasting impact on all he taught at PCBS. His classes were always the highlight of my day. He kept it fun and interesting each day. He had a dry sense of humor and was such a great teacher. He will be sorely missed. Go Buckeye's!! Woody will be happy to see him in heaven!!
Peter Drake
Student
September 16, 2020
I am so sorry Cole family. Dr. Cole had such an impact on me while I attended PCBS. He was a great teacher that could be tough at times with responses to questions but you always knew he was passionate about teaching and about the student learning/growing. What a great man.
Brody Mecham
Student
September 16, 2020
For 50 years, you couldn't think of PCBS and not think of Dr. Cole. He made a huge impact on an entire generation of financial professionals. However, after reading his obituary, it is clear he made a difference to so many in a variety avenues. Truly a life well lived and in service to others. Condolences and prayers to his family.
Tanaya Carter
Student
September 16, 2020
God bless Dr. Cole and his family.
He has the unique and extreme ability to teach and guide people. Furthermore his personality and approach leaves a lasting impact on all his students that will be carried on long into the future. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to learn from him and something that will never be forgotten.
All my best thoughts and prayers to Dr. Cole and his family.
John M Lundby
Student
September 16, 2020
Dr. Cole was an amazing wealth of knowledge and I feel honored to have been able to spend time with him at PCBS. An amazing man, my sympathies are with his family.
Stephanie Olson
Student
September 16, 2020
Dr. Cole was my favorite teacher at PCBS! I have to admit I was afraid of his class going in but it was absolutely THE BEST! We share a similar sense of humor and got along great! He made my time at PCBS memorable! Prayers for you and your family at this time! Future students of PCBS will really miss out without Dr. Cole!
Kelly
Student
September 16, 2020
I had the pleasure of learning a tremendous amount from Dr. Cole at PCBS and can truly say that he and his class were an institution. He taught us the concepts in a way that we connected to, and while his class could be a tough one, he made me a better banker!

Edie and family, my deepest condolences.

Rebecca Miller
PCBS Class of 2017
Rebecca Miller
Student
September 16, 2020
I'm so grateful to have learned from him during my time at PCBS. Dr. Cole, we bow in respect to you.

PCBS Class of 2018
Amber Darling
Classmate
September 16, 2020
What an amazing man and the best instructor in banking history. Had such passion for teaching us the business of banking Will never forget the grind of his class. You absolutely learned so much about your bank and any bank’s strengths and weaknesses. And you better be prepared when he calls on you....because he knew when you weren’t ready. You will be deeply missed.
Stu Linscott
Student
September 16, 2020
Thank you Dr. Cole for your tremendous work in education and for showing us all such a great example of a life well lived. It would have been amazing to hear you sing in the choir or listen to you break down the Bible the way you did the UBPR. You will be missed!
Emily Lamb
Student
September 16, 2020
What a wonderful teacher. Rest in Peace Dr. Cole.
~David
PCBS 2015
David K
Student
September 16, 2020
Thank you for sharing your husband, father, uncle, and friend with the PCBS community for so many years. I am a better banker due to taking Dr. Cole's class.
Scott A. Johnson
Student
September 16, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Cole family and friends.

Professor Cole’s class had a profound impact on time at PCBS as well my career. My final thesis paper was inspired by his booming emphasis on “earnings” and I apply the concepts I learned from Professor Cole to this day.

Rest In Peace Professor Cole.

- Dante Tosetti
PCBS Class of 2007
Dante Tosetti
Student
September 15, 2020
To the Cole family, I'm sorry for your loss. There was never a dull moment in his class, despite the dry material. Dr. Cole would call on each student at least once at PCBS, making sure everyone stayed engaged. When he called on us, he would often provide insights and statistics, on our respective Bank, without notes. No small feat considering there were about 150 different banks represented. One of the many takeaways from class was Dr. Cole taught us to "peel the onion" behind the UBPR and Call Reports and learn what went into the IDC ratings, which correctly predicted which banks failed in the 2009 crisis.
John Nelson
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr Cole was a truly great teacher and I feel blessed to have learned from him at PCBS. His legacy of excellence will live on in the many lives that he positively impacted.
Scott Tungseth
Student
September 15, 2020
He was majestic, he was graceful. He was the master, he was my teacher.
He would be missed.
Behnam Ramin
Student
September 15, 2020
My deepest sympathies for your family’s loss. Dr. Cole’s larger than life persona was matched by his clear enthusiasm and passion for teaching. I will always remember his class at PCBS with fondness.
Stefan Roy
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole’s class defined the PCBS experience for me. Sending his family, friends and loved ones my deepest condolences.
Jake Lamarine
Student
September 15, 2020
Mr. Cole was an instructor of mine in my first year at PCBS in 2011. I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated in the beginning since I was one of the few regulators in the class full of bankers. But, through the class, Mr. Cole showed us how much he cared about our learning and understanding of bank ratios and analysis not only for education purposes, but for life purposes. I was sad to hear about his passing today. Nevertheless, as a teacher, he will continue to live on and on in the students that had the privilege of learning from him and teaching his lessons to the future generation of bankers and regulators.
Maisah A.
Student
September 15, 2020
Very sad to hear about Dr. Cole's passing. I was blessed to have Dr. Cole as a professor at PCBS. His experience, personality and delivery were unmatched. What an incredible teacher and an even better person.
Brian Ishida
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was a legend. Fortunately I had the privilege to take his course before he retired. Alums from various FIs would always speak of him fondly and the wisdom he shared.
Joseph Harrison
Student
September 15, 2020
I was only able to meet Dr. Cole at the summer term of PCBS in 2019. I was in one of his last classes there and am very honored to have been a part of that. "Dr. Cole" was probably the one thing that almost everyone finds out about first at PCBS. Needless to say, his reputation preceded him. He really is more of a treasured icon. He surely lived up to expectations and again, I am honored to have experienced just a little bit of his greatness. I pray for peace for your wife, Edie, who was by your side during our last class and was with you in your last moments here. Rest now Dr. Cole, your duty to finance, banking, education, and for your family are done.
Christopher A. Cruz
Student
September 15, 2020
God Bless You and your family at this time. Professor Cole made an impact on my studies and will be missed.
Rest well Professor
Jean Sloan
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was a truly gifted professor. I look back on his class at PCBS as the one that made the biggest impact on me professionally. I'm sorry to learn of his passing but we should all take comfort in knowing he had a significant impact on the lives of so many who were fortunate enough to have his instruction. My prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.
Allan Cellini
Student
September 15, 2020
Our incoming class was the last PCBS cohort that Dr. Cole taught last summer 2019... There was a standing ovation on the last day of class!

May the family be comforted with memories of him and have peace during this time.
Grace
Student
September 15, 2020
Simply, Dr. Cole was a LEGEND at PCBS!
Gail Nakama
Student
September 15, 2020
I had the fortune and pleasure of being in Dr. Cole's class at PCBS. He was a brilliant teacher and my experience would not have been the same without him. His lessons play back in mind still today. Y...I...E...L...D My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Vanessa Teeter
Student
September 15, 2020
I am so sorry to hear the news of Dr. Cole's passing.

Of all the professors and coursework that made up my program at PCBS, he and his were, for me, the most valuable.

I was an attorney for a bank during my time at PCBS, and I remember upon his learning of my position, his asking me jokingly, "what are you doing here?" I have now been CEO of that same bank for the past twelve years and I credit much of mine as well as the bank I work for's success to Dr. Cole.

It was my great privilege to know him.
Henry Kiang
Student
September 15, 2020
My deepest condolences to Dr. Cole's family. He has touched the PCBS community in so many ways, and I feel so fortunate to have had him as a professor. Thank you for all you have given to your students. You will be missed.
Paloma Vidgen
Student
September 15, 2020
When taking Dr. Cole during our first year at PCBS, my classmates and I would jokingly refer to Dr. Cole as a 'National Treasure', but we meant it. We felt honored and very privileged to have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Cole. He was the most revered instructor at PCBS for a reason.
Andy Bembry
Student
September 15, 2020
I was so lucky to have experienced Dr. Cole's class last year at PCBS. I will always remember him as a knowledgeable and kind teacher. I'm so happy I was able to take a picture with him and Edie just as they were leaving.
My deepest condolences to the family!
Michelle Li
Student
September 15, 2020
Edie, May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

As a fellow Ohio native buckeye, I made a quick connection with Dr. Cole while attending his PCBS class in 2014. What I didn't realize was that he graduated from Capital University (the alma mater of 4 generations of my family members, even though I graduated down the road at Wittenberg University). My father, mother, sister and several aunts/uncles and cousins were in Chapel Choir. I also volunteered at Franklin County Social Services and my dad was a retired Lutheran Minister, so I had even more connections with Dr Cole than I realized. What an amazing dedication to education. Take care, Edie.
Beth Stelz
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was a great Man and a wonderful Professor. The banking industry owes him a lot as he taught many the principles of corporate finance in banking. He left a great legacy and will be missed.
Ernesto Toskovic
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was a once in a lifetime human that many of us only have a single opportunity to meet. I'm blessed to have had that opportunity. My prayers for the entire Cole family and friends!
Jason Preble
Student
September 15, 2020
It is heartbreaking news. I don’t recall having a more enthusiastic professor at PCBS than Dr. Cole. He was an engaging teacher. In reading his obituary it drives home how many lives he must have touched over so many years and how many people, including myself, were the better for it. My sincere condolences to the Cole family.
Liz Cano
Student
September 15, 2020
Absolutely one of the best instructors ever & so blessed to be given the opportunity to learn from this outstanding man. His wisdom (and humor) has benefited so many and he leaves the entire financial services industry on sound footing due to his counsel. You will be missed, rest in peace.
Gordon Zimmerman
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. David Cole was a great educator and really knew how to connect with his students. I was fortunate to have him as an instructor his final year at Pacific Coast Banking School. We will miss him greatly. My condolences to his wife Edie and their family; you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brian Kearsley
Student
September 15, 2020
Aloha Cole Family! Dr. Cole always treated the Hawaii bankers with a special Dr. Cole welcome, picking on us to answer questions during this nerve racking class. He is the ONE memory of PCBS that I, along with my colleagues, carry with us throughout our life journey. He was tough, but with a caring heart and deeply compassionate, the way true mentors are! May his spirit and love live within the Cole family, and through all he's touched over the many years of service at PCBS, Ohio State, and the community. With Much Aloha and Mahalo!
Rachel Cunningham
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was by far my favorite PCBS professor. His style was engaging and required preparation for all students who didn't want to risk being called on and not knowing an answer. I recall being confused for the first several days of his class... but he had a plan... and it all finally "clicked". I am so very sorry for your loss.
Amy Theuma
Student
September 15, 2020
I must have been in David Cole's first class as I attended PCBS in 1969-1971 and David made a huge impression on me and my banking career. After taking his class, I decided to leave a big bank and go to work for a community bank whereas my chances of becoming a CEO of a bank was greater...and that is exactly what happened. David was an excellent teacher and his class was my favorite...so...thank you, David, for your excellent teaching skills and giving me the skills needed to advance up the corporate ladder to become President and CEO and Chairman of the Board of our community bank here in Boise, ID.
Blessing to you, Edie, and the family members...


Clarence Jones
Student
September 15, 2020
I had the pleasure of having Dr. Cole as my instructor at PCBS and was always impressed with his knowledge and passion for banking and finance. His class was challenging but his ability to explain the material and bring real world examples to his teaching made the class one of the most rewarding. He had a great influence on so many people. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
Duane Swizer
Student
September 15, 2020
I remember hearing so many amazing things about Dr. Cole before I even started at PCBS. I'm so lucky to have been a part of his class - he was an incredible professor and I learned so much. My thoughts are with the entire Cole family.
Brianna Jorgensborg
Student
September 15, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at PCBS in Dr. Cole's class. He left an amazing legacy.
Rob Stewart
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was an amazing teacher when I took his class at PCBS 12 years ago. He will be missed dearly!!

Seydou Diallo
Student
September 15, 2020
What an amazing man and professor. I can still hear his booming voice when I was a freshman student at PCBS welcoming me to my first class, which was taught by him. I am sure he is with the angels! Thank you Dr. Cole for the influence you had on me and my career.
Matt Blackmer
Student
September 15, 2020
Knowing both David and Edie was a genuine honor! I looked forward every summer to seeing both of them and will never forget how David was so helpful when I first began teaching at PCBS more than 40 years ago. A genuine loss to all......
Jim Owens
Friend
September 15, 2020
I am saddened to hear about Dr. Cole's passing and my thoughts are with his family, friend, and all the many students he instructed and mentored over a long successful career. Dr. Cole's love and enthusiasm for teaching was something few teacher's possess, even in his fifth decade of teaching Bank Financial Analysis, which we can all agree is as exciting as it sounds. Thank you to Dr. Cole's family for sharing him for so many years with generations of students that better off since having Dr. Cole as a teacher.
Matt Marr
Student
September 15, 2020
My deepest condolences. I was Dr. Cole’s student at PCBS and enjoyed his energy and passion for teaching. I am very thankful for the knowledge he shared with his students. My prayers are with you and your family.
Liliana Dominick
Student
September 15, 2020
It is with heartfelt words and a very saddened heart that I express my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Edie and Dr. Cole’s extended family. What an amazing individual Dr. Cole was and to know I was privileged to have been a PCBS student of his. He made such a positive impact on the entire learning experience and curriculum. How fortunate I was along with countless others. His baritone shout-out in class, “Warburton!!!” ---- though startlingly loud, was 1000% caring and will never be forgotten. He will live forever in my heart and in my fondest memories.
Jen Warburton
Student
September 15, 2020
I'm sure he'll have a chance to discuss his famous Rules of 12s with the Lord, at which point I hope he indicates that the answer is in the YEEEEEEEEEEEEILD! Thank you, Dr. Cole.
Joe Kola
September 15, 2020
I learned a lot from Mr. Cole. All the tiny numbers in the UPBR and call reports... he taught all of us a lot (and not just numbers). And his humor "There's someone in this class that works for a bank with the worst ROE I've seen... please stand up!" He gave us his home number and I called him 1 or 2 times for help... Edie answered and would yell for him. (I can picture it). He probably taught (multiple) thousands of students, and he still took my phone call to help me. Mr. Cole was an impressionable piece of my PCBS experience. God Bless him and his family.
Billy Sumers
Student
September 15, 2020
I very much enjoyed his class at PCBS in Washington. He had a passion for teaching banking and finance and I feel privileged I could be in one of the last classes he taught.
Dereck Jacobs
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was simply the best instructor teaching the most relevant course at PCBS. His style of teaching was so engaging and inclusive while also in a non-threatening way. I truly found my skill-set and passion within Banking because of Dr. Cole. I wish I had the privilege of hearing him singing in the choir or teach the Bible. But I know one day I will see him again and am confident the good Lord welcomed him into His arms with a "well done my good and faithful servant".
Joshua Stendera
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was a great teacher. He gave my most challenging class during my first year at PCBS, but the class was also the most rewarding and helped me grow in my career. He was very approachable and I am glad I had a chance to learn from him. My condolences go out to his family.
Michael Rose
Student
September 15, 2020
I was a student of Dr. Cole's at PCBS 10 years ago. To this day his method of teaching has stuck with me. He was an amazing instructor.
Mark Roberts
September 15, 2020
So sad to hear about the news. Dr. Cole was one of my favorite teachers at PCBS and I enjoyed his course very much. You will always be remembered, Dr. Cole.
Cecilia Zhang
Student
September 15, 2020
His love for teaching and passion for finance impacted us all and his legacy will be remembered by his PCBS students. Prayers and condolences go to his family and loved ones.
Tiffiney Lockett
Student
September 15, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Cole's passing. His class was one of the highlights of my time at PCBS. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the subject matter and passionate about sharing it with us students. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
Bill Keller
Student
September 15, 2020
For a number of years I heard about Dr. Cole and how hard his classes were at PCBS. When I got there, everything I had heard was true. What they left out though was how thoughtful and caring Dr. Cole was. If his student really wanted to understand and learn, he was there to help them. He was a tremendous educator and left a lasting impression on me. A very positive impression. His instruction has benefited me greatly in my career and for that I'll be forever grateful. He is a good man!
My condolences on your loss. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow and may He bless you to remember all of the good times you had and the love you have for each other, as a family!

Arie Anderson (Pleasant View, Utah)
Arie Anderson
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was one of the best professors I ever had. I was a student of his at PCBS and he not only introduced me to the UBPR report, but also helped me gain greater insights into banking operations. The future students of PCBS won't know what they are missing. He is irreplaceable.
Ryan Hemingway
Student
September 15, 2020
I only had him as a professor for 2 weeks but he made a huge impact. He spoke quickly sternly, but outside of lecture, he was gentle and kind. He was adamant and no-nonsense, but had a quick wit. Despite the challenges, he still found a way to teach and show dedication to his students. Though our interactions were brief, he lives on in the inspiration he gives me, in the way I see my role as a teacher, the way I care for others, and what my responsibility is to banking and the world.
Lawrence Chan
Student
September 15, 2020
Very sorry to hear of your loss. I also found Dr. Cole to be my favorite at PCBS and have put his teachings to work at our small community Bank.
Jody Servatius
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole made an indelible impact on those he taught and influenced. I was a student of Dr. Cole's PCBS courses 2014-2016. His passion for excellence made all of his students better professionals.

To the Cole family, may peace be with you all and may you see what a extensive impact your beloved had on so many!
Leslie Ragan
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole is a legend to all of us who graduated from PCBS as he was such an amazing teacher and a powerful presence. I was honored to be a fellow faculty member for 20 years and always enjoyed the banter; particularly about Buckeye football as I was an Ohio native.
I remember running into David and Edie at The Grand Finale in Cincinnati when they were in town visiting friends; it was a great joy to see the wonderful Cole couple outside of Seattle for once!
Ed Dwyer
Coworker
September 15, 2020
I had the privilege of attending class with Dr. Cole in 2018. As a non-banker working in the banking industry, the knowledge and perspective Dr. Cole offered was invaluable to me as a PCBS student. But his sense of humor and genuine heart were even more memorable.

Rest in peace, Dr. Cole. Your profound impact on generations of financial professionals carries through in ways beyond what any of us can know.
Duncan Taylor
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was a wonderful and challenging teacher during my first year at PCBS. Everything I learned from Dr. Cole's class helped me throughout the rest of the PCBS program. He made a great impact on my banking school education and I feel very fortunate to have had him as a professor.

My sincere condolences to Dr. Cole's family.
Sarah Leary
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was my favorite professor at PCBS. He was a brilliant teacher who knew how to digest and teach the complex financial statements of financial institutions. I was privileged to be taught by him.
My prayers are with you and your family.
Sarina Demers
Student
September 15, 2020
The world lost a great man and an amazing mind. Many banking professionals were fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from him at PCBS, including me. For that I will be forever grateful.
Tim Boyle
Student
September 15, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Ritch Intarachote
Student
September 15, 2020
Sorry to hear of Dr Cole's passing. He was a fun, impactful teacher for me at PCBS. He was a prime example of paying it forward and living life to the fullest. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Liesl Schmidt
Student
September 15, 2020
My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Dr. Cole was a superior educator and one of my favorite teachers at PCBS.
Bruce Ford
Student
September 15, 2020
Thankful to have studied under Dr. Cole at PCBS. He created and then lived up to the legend and left an indelible mark on the banking industry.
Cara Thompson
Student
September 15, 2020
I graduated from PCBS in 2007 and had the pleasure and privilege to have Dr. Cole as a professor during my time there. Dr. Cole commanded respect and taught his classes with the highest level of professionalism. He also had a great sense of humor! I am really sorry to hear of his passing.
Tim Nightingale
Student
September 15, 2020
Sorry for your loss. I am an Ohio State graduate and was a student of professor Cole's at PCBS. You could tell that he loved teaching. He will be greatly missed.
Errol Berman
Student
September 15, 2020
Dr. Cole was a professor of mine at PCBS. While he had reputation of being a "hard" professor, I found him to be quite tame and a pleasure to learn from. His knowledge was substantial and freely shared. He really helped define the program at PCBS and I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to receive his instruction prior to his retirement. I am thrilled to learn he is in the good hands of the Lord and wish peace upon his surviving family and friends.
Andrew Tice
Student
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