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David Finch Travers


1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
David Finch Travers Obituary
July 14, 1926 - August 5, 2017 David passed away after a five-year struggle with a debilitating condition. Born in Long Beach but raised in Westwood, David attended University Elementary School and Emerson Junior High where he first met Donna who he would marry years later. After graduating from University High in 1944, David was rejected by the Army for active duty due to his eyesight, so he joined the Merchant Marines and served in the Pacific, notably at Okinawa. Postwar, David attended UCLA, pursuing a career in journalism after graduation. This interest culminated in his acquisition of the magazine Arts & Architecture, the issues of which are still utilized by students and others intrigued and inspired by their contents. He continued in the field of architecture as a Director with Gruen Associates and also published a number of books on the topic. David was a genuinely generous and compassionate person. If you were in the hospital, you probably got a visit. If you brought him a problem, he endeavored to help find the solution. He donated to every charity that solicited him. Upon retiring, he tutored at a local Santa Monica elementary school for 20 years. He worked for Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic and, after the '94 earthquake, he immediately volunteered with the Red Cross. David had many interests. He was an accomplished Dixieland drummer. He had a pilot's license and for four years he gave up his low handicap golf to build a 24-foot sailing sloop evenings and weekends. He also loved travel, especially to French-speaking places. He and Donna traveled extensively after their children were grown. David is survived by Donna, his wife of 64 years, his children Timothy Travers, Susan Stern, Sally Blauch and Corwyn Braschi, two grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and two great-grandchildren. Our heartfelt thanks to all those who have been supportive. A few of David's favorite charities are the Los Angeles Mission, and spcaLA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12, 2017
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