The A.J. Muste Institute celebrates the life and legacy of pacifist activist David McReynolds. Dave wrote that compassion arising from our shared mortality helps us behave with a sense of love toward even those we dislike. "Not everyone has the ability to do this. But the movement will collapse if at least some of the leadership does not have it. A.J. Muste had it, Dorothy Day had it, Rosa Luxemburg had it. Martin Luther King, Jr. had it. Eugene V. Debs had it. Che had it. Gandhi had it." On this sad day, with love, the Muste Institute adds: "Dave McReynolds had it."

Published by New York Times on Aug. 21, 2018.
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another year goes. the missing, and remembering. continues. a life well lived & generously shared DAVID MCREYNOLDS z'l'
rebeccca Rosenbaum
August 16, 2021
love for David lives forever. he remains a light in our lives. oh re relationship options: I put friend but also need to add comrade &. co activist & admirer. hummus eater, inhaler of herb etc etc. co pacifist. served in the peace movement .. need that option... together.and he made it more fun. and smart.
rebecca rosenbaum
August 15, 2020
His passionate and steady voice for peace and justice is missed now, more than ever.
Brian Moore
August 15, 2019
A heartfelt expression of sorrow, condolences and prayers for David's family and for the repose of his eternal soul. David was a treasure for our country, and a great loss to us all. He had a great sense of social justice and its history. He was one of a kind and difficult to replace. His life is an inspiration to carry on. God bless David.
Brian Patrick Moore
August 30, 2018
To the McReynolds Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
August 26, 2018
Having been in Spain walking the Camino earlier this month I missed this obituary. David was on the Fellowship of Reconciliation national board when I worked on the staff of FOR. We have maintained contact over the years, lately through Facebook. I will miss his clear analysis of events. He combined scholarship with activism.
Jack Payden-Travers
August 25, 2018
love david forever. a full human, against so much evil and working for good; political and erudite, an elder states man and a real friend who loved flowers (esp. bromeliads), cats (esp siamese), humans of all ages, and hummus w the most garlic. a serious loss. his legacy lives; his memory is for a blessing. awaiting news of the memorial to honor this great man and dear friend. oh david you are missed. thank you for sharing your life. gratitude and sadness and so much love...peace dear friend
rebecca rosenbaum
August 22, 2018
I will never forget David's kindness to me when I first moved to New York. Knowing that I only knew three people, he brought me into his home and introduced me to wonderful people. And continued to welcome me back. He became an important part of my life. His compassion, his brilliance and his devotion to social justice knew no bounds. I will miss him and never forget him. I am so grateful for having known him. It is very hard to imagine the world without him, especially now. We have to keep trying to change the world.
Cheryl Parry
August 22, 2018
I did not know David personally but was a Facebook friend and always was inspired by his commentaries and I so agree with the beautiful introduction to this memorial and the tribute made by the A J Muste Institute.
Kathleen Kanet
August 22, 2018
From the time i first entered the offices of the War Resisters League at age 17 (in 1980), to the last Muste Institute board meeting we sat in together, to early meetings snuggled up in his old apartment sifting through boxes and piles of David's photos and slides, McReynolds had a profound influence on my life and the lives of so many others.
Matt Meyer
August 22, 2018
I appreciated David for his constancy and tenacity. He was old school to the end and kept the movement accountable. I learned a lot from him. A real light has gone out.
Rob T.
August 21, 2018
Dave came to our public high school, Taft, in the Bronx, in 1960 to speak with our WRL club, formed to protest the safety drills we considered useless in the event of nuclear attack. He was soft spoken but passionate, took us seriously and gave us a sense of legitimacy and importance.
Ezra Millstein
August 21, 2018
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