David Warner passes

It is with great sadness that Academic Affairs informs the RISD community that Professor David Warner (History, Philosophy and Social Sciences) died on the evening of May 8, 2013 due to complications from recent heart surgery.  David was born on June 19, 1952. David is survived by his wife Christine and daughters Merissa and Destinee.

David Warner received a BA and a MLS from Rutgers University and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to coming to RISD, David taught at California State University, Long Beach where he received the award “Lecturer of the Year” in 1988. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Travel Grants and a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship as well as two RISD Professional Development Grants.

David joined Rhode Island School of Design as an Assistant Professor in 1990. He was promoted to Professor in 2002 and served as head of HPSS from 2004 to 2008.  He also served the College on the Steering Committee, the Instruction Committee, the Admissions Committee, and the European Honors Program Committee and chaired the Department Heads Meeting in 2005-06. In the external community, David volunteered at a local soup kitchen.

David was a well-known scholar of early Medieval Germany and the author of Ottonian Germany: The Chronicle of Thietmar of Merseberg. Recently he was planning the 2013 New England Medieval Studies Conference meeting to take place at RISD/Brown this fall.  David taught courses in early European civilization, historiography, and new directions in historical practice. Dean Dan Cavicchi has written “David was known for being funny, energetic, and provocative–he was always in search of new ways to reach students and excite them about the Middle Ages and historical practice.”

Please join Academic Affairs in extending sympathy to David’s family and colleagues in Liberal Arts. His wit, warmth, and humanity will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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