April 3, 1921 - January 29, 2018
David Irving Mead, Jr., the son of Elizabeth and David Mead was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1921. He died in Dallas, Texas on January 29, 2018.
David grew up in Scarsdale, New York, and Waccabuc, New York. He attended Scarsdale schools and graduated from the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. He was a 1943 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and earned a master’s degree in economics at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
After graduating from Hamilton College, he went to Officers’ Training School in Chicago, where he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific Theater. He was a lieutenant as the war came to a close.
David married Marianne Prescott in 1943 after he was awarded his commission. They enjoyed nearly seventy-five wonderful years together. He is survived by his wife, and their three children: Marianna Mead Lull, Jay Prescott Mead, and Charles Young Mead, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two sisters.
After the war, David started his career with Merrill Lynch in New York City. Several years later, he accepted a position as Alumni Director at his alma mater, Hamilton College. After leaving there, he worked as Development Officer for Trinity University in San Antonio. When he left Trinity, he spent many years as a fund-raising consultant. When he retired from that career, he worked in residential real estate in Westchester County, New York.
Upon retirement, the Meads moved to Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and lived there for eighteen years before moving to Dallas.
David was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Charles, who was killed while serving as a fighter pilot in Europe during World War II.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 4, in the Performing Arts Center, at Edgemere, 8523 Thackery Street, in Dallas. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Waccabuc, New York. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas, at 3001 Knox Street, Suite 200, TX 75205.
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