Deceased January 17, 2023

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In Memory

Our kind, idealistic classmate Dave Edie died of pancreatic cancer Jan. 17, 2023, with family by his side. He leaves his beloved wife, Diane; three children (Jake, Rachel and Nora); eight grandchildren; four siblings; and a large hole in the hearts of all who knew him. Dave was a caring, exuberant, compassionate man who lived a fulfilling life. 

Life changed for him senior year when his roommate, Joe Garton ’69, introduced Dave to Joe’s cousin Diane (Smith ’72). Dave and Diane fell in love, married in 1970 and celebrated 53 happy years together. 

At Amherst, Dave’s lifelong passion for choral music flourished. He sang in the Glee Club and performed on global tours. His talent and creativity erupted one memorable evening, when he provided a spontaneous concert over the Frost Library PA system, following “the library will be closing in 15 minutes.” 

While Diane completed her degree at Smith, Dave taught in the Teacher Corps and completed a master’s degree at Springfield College to prepare for a long and productive career in education and child care administration and policy. The couple moved to Bloomington, Ind., where Diane pursued a graduate degree in theater and Dave launched a new child care center. Their final move was to Madison, Wis., where Dave became a senior state government leader, administering one of the country’s largest and most successful child care networks, while Diane worked in theater and opera (

Upon Dave’s retirement, Secretary Tommy Thompson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wrote to him, “Your work has demonstrated to the nation that it is possible to design child care policy that results in quality and affordability for low-income families.” 

Dave was a uniquely accepting, caring, fun-loving and hardworking individual with deep love of family. He will truly be missed. 

James Dick ’69 and Kent Peterson ’69