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David Edward Heinze ’79

“David was very proud of his degree and affiliation with Reed College. Indeed, one of his finest accomplishments was his completion of this degree and subsequent acceptance to Phi Beta Kappa,” reports his sister, Denise Heinze Newell. David engaged in the pursuit of knowledge from an early age. A devoted reader, well versed in a wide range of topics, he created challenges for himself, such as reading the complete works of Shakespeare. He also enjoyed sports, beginning with Little League baseball. He was a graduate of Rock Island High School in Illinois, and earned a BA from Reed in American Studies, writing his thesis on transportation policy in the Portland metro area with Prof. Peter Steinberger [political science 1977–]. He also attended Augustana College, Western Illinois University, and Duke University, where he studied law. David lived for several years in the Los Angeles area, working for the Disney Company as an underwriter and editor. He returned to Iowa and worked for Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Iowa. David’s family and friends recall the care and support he gave them, as well as his “beautiful and brilliant” writing, his keen intellect, and his fantastic sense of humor. In addition to Denise, David is survived by his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Melvin; his sister, Debra; four nieces, and three great-nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2015

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