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friends while working the Summer in Wildwood, NJ; they later
married, and recently celebrated 56 years of marital bliss.
David was commissioned
as a 2nd Lt. on June 2nd,
1963, when he was a cadet at
Pennsylvania Military College
(PMC). On December 8th,
1963, the Army sent David
and his bride to Germany
for two years. He reported
for duty at VII Army Corps
Headquarters in Stuttgart,
West Germany; he was an
Assistant Adjutant General
under the command of a
three star General, Lieutenant
General Louis W. Truman (a relative of President Harry S.). In
addition to many other duties in the Adjutant General's office, he
was VII Corps Re-enlistment Officer, Voting Officer, and he and
Darla assisted the VII Corps Chaplin in teaching Sunday School
to the children of the Headquarters personnel.
In 1964, Vietnam started to heat up and by the beginning
of 1965, David's job was to scour the files of the VII Corps
troops for men who could fly anything; fixed wing, helicopter,
crop dusters, etc., and prepare orders to send them to APO San
Francisco, which was the shipping off point to Vietnam.
After returning home at the end of his tour, David taught
Junior High English for a brief period then worked for Provident
Mutual Life Insurance Co, the Navel Air Engineering Center
Research and Development Center and then Univac, Div. of
Sperry Rand, while attending Temple Law School at night.
David graduated in May of 1970, and decided to try his hand at
the practice of law.
In Memory of friend and PMC classmate .... Jack
Geoghegan was a man of great character and integrity, a Cadet
Corps Commander, and one of the top ROTC cadets in the
nation in 1963. He was a Silver Star recipient for gallantry in
action.
Commanding officer, Lt. Col. Harold Moore (now General),
wrote a book entitled We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young
about the battle of Ia Drang Valley, where Jack Geoghegan was
killed in November, 1965, he was PMC's first Vietnam casualty.
The book, and many of the stories and antecdotes about Jack in
his PMC days, compiled by David, were the basis of director
Randall Wallace's movie entitled, "We Were Soldiers," starring
Mel Gibson as Lt. Col. Moore, Chris Klein as Jack Geoghegan,
and actress Keri Russell as Barbara, Jack's wife.
The PMC Museum links the legacy of the Distinguished
Pennsylvania Military College, the predecessor institution,
with today's Widener. The Jack Geoghegan Award
recognizes annually, a PMC/Widener Alumnus and a student
for civic activity, good citizenship, good character and integrity.

Shortly after the creation of the award, David had the honor
and privilege to name the Honorable Linda Cartisano as the
recipient.
Dedication, professionalism and integrity ... David
predated Eric Turner in the practice of family law. His preceptor
was I.B. Sinclair who was in the Army Reserve unit in Upland to
which David was assigned after two years of active duty.
On December 18, 1970, upon motion of I. B. Sinclair, David
was admitted to practice in Delaware County. A few years later,
he became Editor of the Legal Journal, and volunteer as defense
counsel for indigent defendants in homicide cases.
Judge DeFuria selected David as his law clerk; he was
appointed to divorce officer and briefly, prior to the no fault
divorce act, David was "'Gus', before there was a divorce
'Gus'."
In May, 1981, Judge Catania appointed David to serve as
a Master in Juvenile Delinquency and as a backup for CYS
Court. Later, he was delegated the position of CYS Master, and
eventually, assigned the additional duty of serving as a Custody
Master. David is the longest serving Juvenile Hearing Officer in
the Commonwealth.
The Entertainer ... David was part of the first Delco Bar
theater group formed by Judge DeFuria in the presentation of
"Inherit the Wind" and "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial." He
served as President of the Lawyers Club and "for the first time in
its ribald history, I opened up membership to the distaff side of
the bar. Esther Clark and Lorraine Mullen were the first female
members to venture into the annual Christmas dinner and roast.
They were welcomed with open arms and a barrage of dinner
rolls."
"I have enjoyed a long and wonderful association with
the family law section of the Bar and am truly honored and
humble by the presentation of the Eric Turner Award. He
was a man of honor, decency and integrity and I hope and
pray I can live up to those same standards. Thank you from
the bottom of my heart for this award." Dave McNulty. *

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