(Rhodesia & Worcester 1958) (21 April 1935 - May 2020)
From 1976 to 2006 David played a pivotal role serving as National Secretary. He was involved in selecting over sixty scholars. Many of us have fond memories of being welcomed by David into his home for the cocktail reception that started off the interview process. David was always warm, had a special way of putting you at ease at a time of significant nervousness, and was professional throughout the process. He was steeped in the history of the scholarship and contributed a chapter discussing in detail the trajectory of the Rhodesian/Zimbabwe scholarships to The History of The Rhodes Trust edited by Sir Anthony Kenny. David’s commitment to the Rhodes Scholarship and the Zimbabwe scholarship community was longstanding, and touched so many of our lives. He steered the scholarship program through some of the most challenging periods in the country's history, from independence through socioeconomic collapse, ensuring that the integrity of the scholarship remained intact and sustaining the commitment to the selection of talented people from Zimbabwe.
Outside of the scholarship community David was a respected lawyer practicing in Zimbabwe for decades, and serving as a Senior partner at the prestigious firm Coghlan, Welsh and Guest. He had a longstanding commitment to sports in Zimbabwe, serving as the President of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union and former Chairman of Old Hararians Sports Club. David was also a beloved father and leader in the community. He is survived by his wife Colleen, 4 children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren.
David will be greatly missed in the Zimbabwe Rhodes community and leaves behind a proud legacy of leadership and service to the Trust and the Scholarship in Zimbabwe.