in honor of David D. Hume (at left), Saint David’s Headmaster from 1953 through 1990, who passed away in February at the age of 87.
We gathered to honor a husband and father, a grandfather, brother and uncle; author, painter, boat builder and sailor; teacher, colleague, friend, headmaster and to me, personally, a wise sage. David Hume was the patriarch of his family and a patriarch of our great school
A gentle breeze swept East 89th Street as the memorial began, and I imagined a gentle breeze skipping across the surface of the Connecticut River, where he so often loved to sail.
Offertory gifts were brought to the altar by his grandson Aaron and Saint David's teacher Joe Kilkeary; and former teacher Bob McGrath served as cantor.
Beautiful, warm and witty eulogies were delivered by master teacher Bob McLaughlin, John Patrick Fennell '57, and Noah Hume '75. Bob spoke of how the school in so many ways "still reflects David's imprint"; John, of David's erudition, which always was mixed with whimsical playfulness. One of his sons, Noah, remembered most acutely "the softness and steadiness of my Papa's hands" which had taught him so much, from drawing to sailing. All three remarked on David's role as a gentle mentor.
After the memorial, we all gathered with Hume family members in the library that bears his name, for conversation and to continue to recollect a great man.