February 21, 1927 - July 6, 2016


Dr. Herbert T. David, age 89, of Ames, IA, died July 6, 2016, in Winnetka, IL.  Retired Professor of Statistics at Iowa State University after serving over 40 years.  Beloved husband of Carol;  dear father of Ted, Chris (Karen), and Carla (Bill) Young;  loving grandfather of Kyle, Laura, Claire, Caroline, Margaret, William, and Charlotte.  ServicesContinue Reading

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Judy Wild left a message on August 22, 2016:
I am one of the grandaughters of Ernest David and so my mother (Kati Wild nee David) and Herbert were cousins and were in contact until my mother's death in 2008. My cousin, Jennifer Moss, found this obituary and passed it to me. I am so sorry for your loss and for the passing of that generation. I have just found a letter from him to my mother dated 12/18/00. My aunt Irene Matthews is still alive, aged 89 and quite frail. My very warmest best wishes and sympathies to all my distant relatives.
Barbara Schwarte and Jim Hutter (515-231-1063/[email protected]) left a message on July 20, 2016:
Dear Carol, Jim and I are deeply saddened by the news of Herbert's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Please know how much we so enjoyed our times together with you both. Herb will be missed so very much by all who knew him.
Rosemary (Ingram) Watchorn left a message on July 11, 2016:
I have fond memories of working for your family as a teenager and was sorry to hear of Herbert's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lynette left a message on July 11, 2016:
I'm sorry to hear about your loss. May you find consolation in the hope of being reunited one day. ~ John 11:25.
Deirdre Peglar Hiatt left a message on July 10, 2016:
Dear Carol, Ted, Chris, Carla and family, I was so sorry to read of Herbert's death. I have many happy memories of the times we spent with you family and the great good humor with which Herbert approached life. We still played what we called "Herbert's game" for many years and taught it to our children. We are all remembering and thinking of you. Love, Deirdre
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Jeanne Edwards left a message on July 9, 2016:
I am sad to hear of Herb's passing. I've missed Him and Carol as our good neighbors here on State Avenue in Ames. We had some good times together and some good talks, enjoying Herb's fun sense of humor. My best memory of him is the day I heard him singing all to himself as he climbed the hills around his home - a rich, deep, strong, wonderful voice. It was as if he were singing for joy! It made me feel joy to hear him, even though he didn't know I could. Wonderful! Now, I always think of him when I walk in our woods, a great memory of a good neighbor.
Cynthia Clark left a message on July 9, 2016:
To Carol and Family -- What fond memories I have of my years at ISU and my work with HT. He was so supportive to a somewhat older female graduate student with a young family. His encouragement kept me working to my graduate goal. I also appreciated his mentoring during my career. I will hold him in fond memory as I will the times that Glenn and I shared with you, Carol, and the memories you shared of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of separation.
Maura Peglar left a message on July 8, 2016:
To Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. I knew Herbert and Carol as good friends of my parents. I always liked being around them. Herbert had a gift of being able to joke around while also conveying respect and caring, even to a child. I have a special place in my heart for him. Take care.
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Holly Fuchs left a message on July 7, 2016:
July 7, 2016 Dear Carol, Ted, Chris, Carla and other family members, I am sorry to learn that HT died yesterday. When I last saw him with Carol and Ted at Mary Greeley ca. 3 years ago he seemed fine and if he hadn't told me he had short term memory problems I would not have guessed. I think I expected him to live forever. After his retirement I remember him walking along Lincoln Way going to lunch with other statisticians and we met occasionally at John's Natural Foods. I have even the faint memory of meeting his mother in Ames. Is that possible? Just this morning when filing stuff on my computer I noticed a letter I wrote to HT when he retired from ISU in 1998...18 years ago. I have copied it after this note because I don't know how to attach it to this website. It shows how much I appreciated HT and how he influences me still.... I believe I was his first Ph.D. student. All my sympathy on your loss and hopes you are all well, Carol especially. If you have time, send me your email and/or snail mail addresses! One more memory before I go. Though I never did get a chance to see Chris' addition to his parents' home on State St., I remember HT saying the bath was so elegant he was afraid to use it! Affectionately, Holly Copied 1998 letter to HTD: Never underestimate the power of a woman...or a man... ... especially when working together. From: Carol (Holly) Edwards Fuchs 806 Brookridge Ave. Ames, IA 50O10 -5835, USA Tel. (515) 233-2140 May 20, 1998 Dr. H. T. David $nedecor Hall, ISU Ames, lA 50011 - 1210 Dear H. T., I appreciate you for many things. First, l appreciate ysur guidance of my Ph.D. thesis. What l wrote then is still true: "An honest expression af the indebtedness of the author to Dr. Herbert T. David for his imaginative guidance in this investigation would be embarrassing. lt is enough to say that his acute cbservations, lavish gifts of time, and cheerful sense of humor cannot be sufficiently appreciated." (rom) Carol 8. Fdwards, Mtlltivariate and Multiple Poisson Distributians, ISU; 1962, p.75 Secondly, I appreciate how you emphasized the importance of "transitions" in writing the thesis. You were always adding a sentence at the end or the beginning of a paragraph to make the connection to the next thought clearer. I have tried to apply that principal ever since you brought it to my attention. Thirdly, I appreciated your attempts to make statistical theory clearer by giving a simplified picture of what we were trying to understand. I can still see you starting a class with great enthusiasm attempting to explain very simply the main point of what we were going to cover. When I explain things now I try to explain them from more than 1 paint af view, thanks to you. Fourthly, I appreciate it that you were honest with me even when it meant you said things I didn't want to hear. Two examples come to mind. The first was during the last rnonth of thesis writing when a vaguely disapproving tone in your voice suggested to me I should work harder. Not the words. Just the tone. So I did, of course! The second was about 1972 when I'd been asked to apply for the position of Dean of the College of Science and Humanities at lSU; I asked you for a letter of recommendation and had to push you verbally quite hard to get a definite answer. After asking me some questions as to what I'd do about this or that, you told me "No". Your reason was that I tried to please those on all sides of an issue and that wasn't possible; I should take a position of leadership. Even though "No" wasn't what I wanted to hear, I remember being pleased that I'd finally gotten you to tell me some of what you really thought. Fifthly, I appreciate how Carol and you ALWAYS treated me as a social equal, even when I was a graduate student! I liked it when you picked my brains about lawyers when we met in Copyworks in 1996. Ron and I regret we cannot attend your retirement dinner, but Ron is ln Mexiso until June 7 and I have a prior commitment. We send you our best wishes fsr a very happy retirement. I hope you will still spend much of your time in Ames. I can't imagine you not going to your office! I have treasured my friendship with Carol and you for decades, now, even though we have not seen you as often as we wished, and hope that we shall see more of you in the future than in the past. Sincerely, Carol {Holly} Edwards Fuchs
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