David William Knott, 84, died peacefully on Friday, September 21, 2012 at his residence in Berrien Springs, Mich. He was born on December 6, 1927 in Heath, Mass., the only son and youngest of five children of William Thomas and Edith Elizabeth (Vreeland) Knott. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from Charlemont High School in 1946. He attended Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Mass., graduating in 1951 with a bachelors degree in English. In 1952, he began a half-century career as a teacher in Seventh-day Adventist schools on the elementary, secondary, and college level, with his first teaching job at the Adventist elementary school in Syracuse, New York. He completed a masters degree in history from Syracuse University in 1958, and later, all but dissertation for a Ph.D. degree in literature from the same institution. He married Rose Marie Galey on June 7, 1953 in Syracuse. They lived variously in New York, Texas, and Massachusetts, as David taught at Union Springs Academy, in Union Springs, N.Y (1953-58); Ft. Worth Junior Academy (now Burton Adventist Academy) in Ft. Worth, Tex., (1958-63); Southwestern Junior College (now Southwestern Adventist University) in Keene, Tex., (1963-65); and Atlantic Union College (AUC) from 1966 until his official retirement in 1996. He continued to do part-time teaching at AUC for several years after retirement. During nearly four decades of college teaching, David touched the lives of thousands of students as a much-loved professor of English, specializing in American literature while also teaching writing and other literature courses, and as a long-time unit supervisor in AUCs Adult Degree Program. In his later years, David developed a specialty leading tours of the literary and religious history of New England. With his unique ability to turn poignant facts into interesting and meaningful stories, he helped thousands of students and tourists appreciate New Englands rich cultural heritage. He also served for several years as a member of the Lancaster Historical Commission. In November 2008, David and Rose Marie moved to Berrien Springs, Mich. David was predeceased by his parents; by his four sisters, Caroline Carter, Gladys Gifford, Ruth Knott, and Esther Booth; and by Rose Marie, his wife of 58 years, on October 30, 2011. He is survived by his three sons: David (Mary) Knott of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; Bill (Debby) Knott of Laurel, Md.; and Ronald (Esther) Knott of Berrien Springs, Mich.; six grandchildren: Rachel Knott of New Zealand; DJ (Jodi) Knott of Guyana; Emily (Jacob) Gibbs of Escanaba, Mich.; Evan Knott and Brady Knott, of Laurel, Md.; and Olivia Knott of Berrien Springs, Mich.; his brother-in-law John Galey of Syracuse, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the College Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 337 Main Street, South Lancaster, Mass. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Heath, Mass. Condolences for family members may be sent: c/o Ronald Knott 6670 Steeplechase Lane, Berrien Springs MI 49103. [email protected]
Memorial gifts may be made to: Caledonia Christian School, PO Box 3, St. , VT 05819; The Adventist Review New Believers Program, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20904; The Trustees of Reservations (for maintenance of Dexter Drumlin, formerly known as Kilbourn Hill in Lancaster, MA), 572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915-1530 (On-Line: www.thetrustees.org
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Published by The Times & Courier - Clinton from Sep. 28 to Oct. 5, 2012.