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David P. Casasent
John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. Funeral Directors
4900 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
David P. Casasent, Ph.D., died Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Paula T. Casasent; father of Candace MacPherson, Erin Glancey (Patrick), Maurine Klein (Travis), Todd Casasent (Anna) and Jon Casasent (Rebecca); and grandfather of Jade Casasent and Nathan MacPherson. A professor emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University, David earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. He began his career at CMU in 1969; among his accomplishments in his 40-year career include the George Westinghouse Chair at CMU in 1980, presidency of the Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) in 1993 with two years of (SPIE) board service, presidency of the International Neural Network Society in 1999, and SPIE President's Award in 1996. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, SPIE and the Optical Society of America. David was a true renaissance man who loved world travel, his dogs, cooking, gardening and the love of his life, Paula. His boundless energy and smile will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS INC. (, 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Church, 342 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
Remembrances may be made to American Heart Association or Animal Friends.
Published by Pittsburgh Tribune Review from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2015.
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4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA
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Dear Paula, I have fond memoeies of David and you at LeMont many,many years ago. I am so sorry for your loss. I now live in New Orleans. Hope you remember me. Steve Tarwacki. I've thought about you guys often over the years, and now I will regret not reaching out sooner. He was a great man. God bless his soul.
October 1, 2016
Rest well, my dear knowing my love follows and surrounds you.
Paula Casasent
June 4, 2016
Dear Paula, Candace and Erin,

We were saddened from reading the news from the CMU Engineering Alumni Magazine. Our prayers are with you.

Dave had a kind heart and will provide help when you needed. Dave always be my hero!

Tom and Grace
CMU, class of 1978
Thanh Luu
June 2, 2016
Veacheslav Perju
May 17, 2016
It has been six long months since David's passing and I just read these kind thoughts from everyone. My children thought it best for time to pass. I want
to thank everyone for their condolences at this time although a bit late. Knowing the man he was and sharing time with him then you know the enormity of my loss.
May he rest in peace...

Paula Casasent
May 14, 2016
Dear Mrs. Casasent

I was truly shocked and saddened to learn of Dave's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. During my many years of involvement with the International Neural Network Society, and currently as its President, I had the good fortune to have frequent and extensive interactions with Dave, whom I came to regard as a dear friend, a mentor, and a model of integrity, kindness and good humor. His love of life, his work, and above all, his family, came through in everything he said and did. The prospect of meeting Dave was one of the attractions of going to conferences, where I did have the pleasure of meeting you as well on a couple of occasions. He was indeed a remarkable person, and I will miss him greatly.

As a research leader in his field, Dave is admired by all his peers, and his work will continue to generate new ideas for years to come -- a fitting tribute to the true scientist and engineer that he was.

For the International Neural Network Society, he was truly indispensable, guiding our financial affairs with a vigilant eye, a steady hand, and great personal commitment through all the ups and downs of the last many years. All of us at the Society have lost a great leader and a great friend. We will be looking for a way to pay tribute to Dave officially, and may try to reach you in that regard. I hope that is all right. If you think it appropriate, please let me know of the best way to contact you. Thank you.

I apologize for this very late note, but sadly I did not know of this until today, and found out only by chance. I had been trying to reach Dave by email for some time, but assumed that he was away spending the holidays in a warm place, as he did every year. It came as a great shock to learn of what had actually occurred.

I will always cherish my memories of the time I spent with Dave, as, I'm sure, will everyone who experienced his kind, gentle, cheerful company. May he rest in peace, and may his memory light the lives of all those who loved him.


Ali Minai

President, INNS
University of Cincinnati
[email protected]
(513) 519-6829
Ali Minai
January 15, 2016
Thanks to all of your for your kind thoughts.
The family and I appreciate your sharing your
experiences and photos with us. God bless all
of you.


Paula Casasent
November 24, 2015
My deepest sympathy to you, Paula, and your family, on Dave's passing. I'll always remember Dave as a unique, happy, energetic and intriguing person! We shared some fun times together in ECE, especially at New Student Dinners. His students admired him and the staff appreciated him. ECE will forever be indebted to Dave for all his contributions!
Elaine Lawrence
November 20, 2015
An engineer to the very deepest core of his being.

We need more like him.
James Johnston
November 20, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear that Dave is gone. When I think of him, he is always surrounded by his students and always had a smile on his face. My sincere condolences.
Cam Miller
November 19, 2015
Andy Lee
November 19, 2015
Dear Family and Friends

Condolences to you all. Dave gave many of us from strange and out-of-favor countries their start in the United States. We will always be grateful to him for that.
Frans Coetzee
November 19, 2015
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
November 18, 2015

Dave was a great mentor to me and his many other Ph.D. students. We all benefited from his knowledge and enthusiasm for research and will miss him. I and Latha wish you strength as you cope with this huge loss.
Vijayakumar Bhagavatula
November 18, 2015
Dearest Paula and family,

We are so sorry to hear about David. It's just like him to be making spaghetti sauce and going about his day not knowing that he would never see another one. We are all going to die, and we don't decide how or when, but we can decide how to live. David really felt the full thrill of life and he will be in our hearts, forever. We Love You.

Carol and Wally
November 18, 2015
November 18, 2015
My condolences on your great loss. I remember the wonderful times we had together. He was a kind and thoughtful person and will be missed.
Marilyn Charap
November 18, 2015
Dear Paula and family,
It was for me very sad news to hear that Dave is dead.
My sincere condolences to you!
Jahja Kokaj
Jahja Kokaj
November 18, 2015
He will be missed by the entire CMU ECE community!
Jelena Kovacevic
November 18, 2015
Dear Paula and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Thomas and Sheila Savits
Sheila Savits
November 18, 2015
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