David A. Chiszar was born in Sioux City, Iowa on October 21, 1944 and grew up in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. After finishing his degree, he accepted a position at the University of Colorado, where he was a professor until his retirement in 2011. David was an internationally renowned herpetologist - making significant contributions to the study of amphibians and reptiles, focusing primarily on the study of predatory behavior in rattlesnakes. In addition to his enthusiasm for his work, David was an avid numismatist, fisherman, and weight lifter and served on the Board of Trustees for the Denver Zoo. He was remarkable for his broad intellectual interests and enthusiasm for ideas. David is survived by his wife, Terri Macey, his former wife, Joan Wilson, and their two children, Adam Chiszar and Laine Chiszar, as well as his stepchildren, Kris Mayer and Daniel Mayer. He is also survived by his mother, Florence Chiszar, his sister Natalie Chiszar, and his brothers, Dan Chiszar, Al Chiszar and Emery Chiszar. Private services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wild Animal Sanctuary, 1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643 or the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205.
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Published by The Daily Camera on Jan. 5, 2013.