DAVID STANG

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STANG DAVID JAMES STANG Of Potomac, MD, 72, died on July 8, 2018, at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital of acute myeloid leukemia, 11 days after receiving the diagnosis. Raised in Sayville, NY, he was the son of Louis and Dorian Stang, a graduate of Sayville High School (1963), Cornell University (1967) and Syracuse University, where he received a Phd in psychology in 1973. He worked as an experimental social psychologist, college professor, book author, computer virus researcher, computer security expert and software developer. Those careers ended in 2004 with the sale of his company and the successful anti-spyware product he created. David loved wildlife and the outdoors. As a kid on Long Island's Great South Bay, he camped with the Boy Scouts, messed around in little boats, swam and explored the water world. As an undergraduate, he took courses in ecology, wildlife management, soil and water conservation, ichthyology, and ornithology. Those interests flourished in his retirement. He kayaked at the base of Great Falls, got his scuba certification, became a wildlife photographer, built a model railroad in his garage and took up trail riding, first with his horse and and then with his mule. He was passionate about the humane treatment of all creatures, but especially horses and mules. In 2017 he wrote "Horse Science, Horse Sense," focusing on horse-human interaction. He was at work on a website showing the 200 horse trails near his home in Montgomery County. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jeanne McManus; by his brothers Steven (Macil) of Canton, CT; Mark (Gretchen) of Ocean Beach NY; his son Jonathan (Beth) of Hendersonville NC; two granddaughters, Daisy and Alice Pearl; nieces Becky, Christina and Melissa; and nephews Justin and Thomas. Notes of condolence can be shared at Caringbridge.org on the David Stang site. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Notes of condolence can be shared at Caringbridge.org on the David Stang site. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Published in The Washington Post from July 27 to July 29, 2018