Mike David, Longtime F.C. Resident, Dies at 67

Stephen Michael David, a math teacher at St. Veronica’s School in Chantilly, died January 16, 2010 at his home in Falls Church. He was 67.

David was born October 7, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, the first of four sons and one daughter to Ms. Anne Vorpe and Lt. Col Stephen David, a P-39 pilot with the Army Air Corps during WWII who was deployed in New Guinea at the time of his son’s birth. The family moved to Falls Church in 1957.

Stephen Michael, or “Mike” as he was known, attended St. James School in Falls Church where he excelled in athletics, winning the inaugural Father Malarky Award for the school’s best athlete. At Bishop Dennis J. O’Connell High School, Mr. David excelled in mathematics as well as swimming, track, and basketball and won the first Scholar Athlete Award given by the school in 1959. He attended Catholic University on a swimming scholarship – setting several pool records – and graduated with a degree in Economics.

Mr. David began his professional career as a physics teacher at Flint Hill School in Fairfax. A skilled carpenter, Mr. David also worked as professional stage-hand, building contractor, home builder, and real estate developer before returning to the classroom in 2005. He remained active in athletics throughout his life as both a player and a coach. Mr. David was also a devoted parishioner of St. James in Falls Church.