David H. Caldwell ’54 died on May 30, 2015, in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
(The following appeared The Boston Globe, June 1, 2015):
David Harris Caldwell Of Marblehead, businessman, banker, sailor, fisherman and beloved father and grandfather, died Saturday May 30 2015, at home with his family. The son of William Caldwell of Lynn and Pearl Estelle (Tanner) Caldwell of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, David was born in Lynn on either June 12 or 13, 1931. He attended the Brickett School. He was a graduate of Lynn English High School (1949), the New Hampton School (1950) and Bowdoin College (1954). He received an MBA from Boston University Business School in 1957. He was honorably discharged from the US Army where he served at both Ft. Sill (Oklahoma) and Ft. Bragg (North Carolina). He spent his career with Sylvania Lighting in Peabody and Danvers, where he managed the packaging department, establishing several US patents and retiring in 1993. In the mid-1970s, David began an involvement with the Salem Five Cents Savings Bank, serving as corporator, trustee and, after 1982, member of the board of investment / executive committee. He retired in 2012, and served thereafter as an honorary trustee. He is a past president of the Visiting Nurses’ Association of Marblehead. In recent years he was a member of the informal Marblehead luncheon club, the ROMEOs. With his late brother William, he was a member of the Boston Yacht Club, starting in the 1960s. There he raced countless Lightnings and two Solings. He spent many years pulling lobster pots every summer evening with his son. A big sports fan, he was a Patriots season-ticket holder through the years when they stank. He was pretty good at golf, considering how late in life he took it up. He was a terrific amateur photographer. He was the husband of the late Phyllis Elaine (Emmerman) Caldwell of Lynn, whom he married in 1960. Their marriage ended with her death in 1994. He is survived by their three children — Christopher Caldwell of Washington, D.C.; Ellen Elizabeth Caldwell of Barcelona, Spain; and Kathleen Gahagan of Glen Cove, New York — and ten grandchildren. He was the husband of Myrla M. Caldwell of Marblehead, who survives him, along with her own two children, Todd Casey of Colorado and Wendy Rolfe of Portsmouth, N.H., and two grandchildren. He was upright, fair, noble and kind. All those who had the good fortune to know him will miss him deeply.