David was my professor in the American Studies (1840-1910) program during my final year at Evergreen. Though he suffered great pain during his life, David’s warmth and love of humanity always shone through. He approached the classics of American literature with a passion and intensity that is exceedingly rare in today’s world. David taught me to trust my own voice, to develop my own interpretations of the classics, and to regard the great works of American literature as living treasures that speak across time. I am forever grateful for his strong yet gentle presence in the classroom, and for the wisdom that I will cherish for a lifetime. Peace and joy be with you, David!
P.S. David, if you’re reading this (and I know you ARE!), know that after all these years I still enjoy strong coffee and fly-fish ONLY with Tiemco hooks! :)