Standing Administrator, Friend David Love Dies
by Ariella Cohen
Love, Associate Vice- President and Director of Sponsored Programs
at Oberlin, highly respected friend and colleague, died on Feb.
11 in New York.
joining the Oberlin community in 1970, Love had served the College
in a variety of capacities. David Love made major contributions
to the College over the three decades he was with us. He was a very
highly regarded teacher in philosophy in the 1970s, before moving
on to an administrative role. From time to time, he worked as an
Associate Dean at Arts and Sciences. For roughly two decades he
was the director of sponsored programs. In that position he had
a major role writing grants sand getting money from foundations.
He played the key role in establishing the New Science Center. David
will also be remembered as a tireless and imaginative champion of
circular innovation, Dean of Arts and Sciences Clayton Koppes
his death, Love played an essential role in the progress of the
New Science Center. Since 1996 David was instrumental in putting
the pieces together in the development of the New Science Center,
bridging the gaps between professors and the Administration, trustees
and the architect. It is very sad that he will not see the center
in its completion, Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry
Albert Matlin said. We were on the initial feasability committee
together in 1996 and we were still meeting more than weekly, talking
about the projects progress. He was still constantly talking
to the trustees and architects involved with the project.
before the advent of the New Science Center, Love had been active
in strengthening the Colleges science facilities and programs.
He was a founding member of the committee that later formed the
Colleges Environmental Studies program and continued to play
a role with the program, working with Professor of Environmental
Studies David Orr on several projects including the development
of the Adam Joseph Lewis Environmental Studies building. Based in
the Office of Research and Development, Love assisted the project
primarily with his grant-writing work.
1998, Loves Office of Research and Development wrote a proposal
that eventually garnered the College a $500,000 Award for the Integration
of Research and Education (AIRE) from the National Science Foundation
(NSF). Throughout his career, Love spearheaded efforts to integrate
research and education into a more discovery-based teaching model.
David was a very creative person whose influence permeated
every part of the College from helping establish Environmental Studies
and international programs to helping faculty develop new courses
and advance their research.
was particularly proud of the New Science Center, the London program,
and making student research and teaching assistant positions available
throughout the College. He brought a wonderfully irreverent sense
of humor to all that he did, Director of Federal Support Barbara
Fuchsman and Pam Snyder, Director of Foundation and Corporate Support
in the Office of Sponsored Programs said.
Love was a popular figure on campus, although he principally worked
behind the scenes. Faculty, administrators and students alike appreciated
his positive, active presence.
David Love was my friend for thirty years and probably the most
wonderful human being I have been acquainted with here, Secretary
of the College Robert Haslan said.
joined the Provosts Office in 1978 to help faculty find grant
support for research and teaching projects. He became Director of
Sponsored Programs when the Office was created. He was a
wonderful boss and will be missed greatly, Administrative
Assistant in the Office of Sponsored Programs Jill Drake said.
is survived by his wife, Department Chair and Professor of Biology
Yolanda Cruz, and daughters, Imogen Love and Maria Rosasaco.