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DAVID WILLIAM LOVING

Born: October 4, 1940
Died: April 28, 2016

David Loving was born in Washington, D.C., son of William Harrison and Alice Louise Ford Loving. He prepared for Yale at Fairfax and McLean, Virginia, high schools, graduating from the latter in 1958.

At Yale David was a member of Jonathan Edwards. He was a history major and on Dean's List. He was an active member of the Yale Society for African Affairs, the Opera Association and the Political Union. David roomed with Tim Boyer and was on scholarship during his undergraduate years.

After Yale David continued to pursue his interest in history. He was awarded his M.A. in European History in 1965 at Princeton.

After a year in England David joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1966, serving in a multitude of posts in Europe and Africa. Among the highlights of his career he served in Brussels in 1967, with the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1969, in the State Department in Washington in 1971, as political officer in West Berlin in 1977 during the Cold War division of that city and in Bukava, Zaire (now the Congo). Subsequently he had a second tour in Brussels in 1981 and was with the American Mission to the United Nations in 1985. He retired in 1987 after his distinguished diplomatic career and settled in the D.C. area.

Unfortunately, in recent years he was ill, requiring a knee replacement and later a leg amputation. He was restricted to a wheelchair for the last several years of his life.

His disability did not, however, prevent him from an active life. David was an avid devotee of classical music and operas and attended performances at the Kennedy Center and even the Metropolitan in New York. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of history and music as well as a vast repertoire of anecdotes and was an entertaining raconteur.

David never married. He was survived by his sister Rev. Alice Deal, of Columbia, South Carolina. He was also survived by a step-brother William Rusher of Danville, California, and 2 step-sisters Lynde Firman of Walnut Creek, California and Criss Hughes of Orinda, California.

David was remembered at a Memorial Service on May 17, 2016, at Metropolitan Methodist Cathedral in Washington. His sister Rev. Deal officiated at the service and classmate John W. Carr spoke. A loyal cadre of David's friends from the Foreign Service and among Washington-area music lovers attended.

John Carr and David's sister Alice provided information for this obituary.




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