Amherst Magazine

David H. Sigafoos '64

Deceased June 10, 1975

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In Memory

The college was informed that Dr. David H. Sigafoos passed away during 1975. To date there has been no word as to the circumstances surrounding his death.

David was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 25, 1941. His parents were Dr. J. Harvey Sigafoos and the former Mary Frances Prindle.

After preparing at the William Penn Charter School, David entered Amherst with the Class of 1963, later dropping out temporarily to spend a year in Germany. He then graduated from Amherst with the Class of 1964 and returned to the city of his birth to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where John Lecky ‘64 and Roger Mills ‘64 were among his classmates.

Upon receiving his M.D. degree, Dr. Sigafoos interned in radiology at Philadelphia General Hospital and went on to serve with the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia, earning both the bronze   star and the Vietnamese cross of gallantry for his valor during a series of ambushes.

In 1974, David settled in Camden, Maine, where he joined the staff of the local community hospital, specializing in family medicine. The Camden Herald, describing the young physician as “an ardent sailor,” noted at the time that he had summered in Maine for many years and that his father was currently a physician at the Maine State Prison. At Amherst, David—a chemistry major—was a member of Theta Delta Chi and the soccer, track and squash teams. In addition, he adored Porsche automobiles and owned a number of them at various intervals throughout his adult life.

 

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