David G. Lavender ’55

David G. Lavender ’55 died February 16, 2013, in Green Valley, Ariz. He was born on June 27, 1934, in Denver and prepared for college at The Thacher School in Ojai, Calif. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. After two years in the Army, where he served to sergeant, he worked at a variety of jobs before beginning a career in college administration, as assistant director of development at Harvey Mudd College from 1960 to 1963, director of development at Carleton College from 1963 to 1970, and vice president for development at Colgate University from 1970 to 1973. He returned to Ojai to work at Thacher in 1973 and later founded a successful consulting firm that served a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the country. He developed a second career in the late 1990s as an author. His projects included writing chapters for new editions of One Man’s West and The Telluride Story, books written by his father, historian David S. Lavender, which chronicle the history of Southwestern Colorado. He also authored in 2005 a book of essays called Fantasy Golf: A Search for Sanity, which grew out of his longtime hobby as “the commissioner” of a fantasy golf league. He took up golf in the mid-1970s and became a regular fixture on the fairways at Soule Park and the Ojai Valley Inn. He and his golfing buddies earned such a reputation for joking around and making side bets that the local press profiled Lavender and his foursome in a feature headlined “Golfers Play for Laughs.” At various times he attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and the Ojai Presbyterian Church, was a member of the Ojai Land Conservancy, Rotary, and an active volunteer for the Ojai Community Hospital.  He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Valkyrie Steele Lavender; sons Laurence and David Lavender; daughters Sarah Lavender Smith, Shannon, and Martha; and numerous grandchildren.

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