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August 10, 1937 ~ August 10, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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David Harper, 86, passed away August 10, 2023, following a brief illness in Oberlin, Ohio at Kendal at Oberlin. He was born in Bryn Mawr, PA, August 10, 1937. David was predeceased by his parents Francis Harper and Mary Sherwood Harper, and eldest sister, Molly. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Susanna; brother, Robin; sister, Lucy and numerous nieces and nephews. Raised with the love of the outdoors by his naturalist parents, he earned a BS in geology at Bates College and a MRP at the University of Pennsylvania, in environmental land use planning. David had a variety of work experiences over the years, culminating in several artistic endeavors with nature, stage sets and art exhibitions. He began working with the AFSC community service programs in Mexico and Algeria, proceeding with land use planning, teaching at the School of Landscape and Architecture with SUNY of Syracuse, NY, followed by research with US Geological Survey, in Reston ,VA, and later worked with Syracuse Housing Authority in Syracuse, NY. Beyond his work he devoted his creative energy toward wood form sculpture, environmental installations, and family history. With his passion for art, he had installed site-specific outdoor sculptures in Cazenovia, NY, Washington DC, Chicago, Mexico, Canada, and Ireland. He was the artist of the installation ‘Stacks’ at Stone Quarry Art Park in Cazenovia, NY. David worked with the integrity of wood and the essence of the spirit of wood in his sculptural works. Growing up with a deep respect for nature,
He embraced his relationship with nature as a steward. He was an artist, husband, builder, lover of puzzles and words, and truly a friend. His kindness, sense of humor and quiet smile will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
There are no services at this time.
Contributions in David’s memory may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 9775 Rockside Road, Valley View, Ohio 44125.