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McGOVERN--David T., beloved father and grandfather, husband to his cherished wife, Maggie, and a friend to all, passed away in his sleep at home in Paris on Friday, February 7th, 2020. While Dad's long career at Shearman and Sterling afforded him a rich international life, he returned often to his dearly loved New York and Prouts Neck, Maine. For the past 50 years, Dad has been synonymous with Franco-American relations, having held leadership positions at the American Hospital, American University, American Cathedral, Travelers Club, and other organizations that were near and dear to his heart. Receiving the Legion d'Honneur was one of the great highlights of his life. A graduate of Buckley, Saint Paul's, Yale and Columbia Law, Dad was also a Field Artillery Lieutenant in the Korean War. Despite his many achievements, he will be remembered most for his unwavering love of family, gift for friendship, wonderful sense of humor, and irresistible storytelling. A service is scheduled for Saturday, February 15th at the American Cathedral of Paris.

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Published in New York Times on Feb. 11, 2020.
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As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
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February 20, 2020
Dear Justine and Alexandra, Our hearts go out to you and your families, of whom David spoke often. Brilliant, loyal, and a lovely friend -- our American mayor of Paris:)) We will miss David tremendously. Nancy and Richard Rohrbach
February 16, 2020
David McGovern was a gem of humanity. He always had a smile on his face and friendly word for all. He was electric, and just such a source of Joie de vivre! He was an inspiration to me as he had such a sincere and bottomless interest in the world, he was interested in everything and anything., A man of infectious intellect, he was someone you could talk with for hours about whatever was going on in the world, and it was always a fascinating journey of exploration.
He was also a man of sacrifice. He served in Korea, and that is debt of unlimited scope. Today, South Korea is a vibrant, dynamic success, thanks to all who served.
I deeply miss David Mcgovern and my thoughts and prayers go out to Justine and Alexandra for their tremendous loss.
Benjamin Scully
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