David Southgate, a resident in the Princeton area for the past 52 years, passed away peacefully in his home on May 14, 2018 at the age of 89.
David was born in England in 1928. He earned his PhD in Physics and Mathematics from London University (Imperial College). From 1948 to 1959, David worked at Mullard Research Laboratories in the UK, where he met his wife Gwen. They were married in 1952.
David came to the U.S. with his family in 1959 and lived in the Chicago area for 7 years working for the IIT Research Institute, before settling in Princeton in 1965 where he worked at the RCA Laboratories until his retirement.
After retirement, David spent many summers at the family cottage in Maine, enjoying reading, sailing, hiking, local summer arts, and fixing whatever needed to be fixed.
David was an avid amateur violinist, performing in numerous chamber groups and local orchestras, including 25 years with Princeton's Musical Amateurs. He was active in many local and global organizations and was a founding member of the Princeton Evergreen Forum. His lifelong concerns were the proliferation of nuclear weapons, human rights, and environmental conservation.
David Southgate leaves behind Gwen, his wife of 66 years, his brother Michael and sister Jenny, as well as his four children Diana, her husband Govind, Tim, his wife Deb, Jennie, her husband James, and Jill. He also leaves behind his ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A memorial gathering in celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday, May 26, from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Princeton Italian American Club (8 Founders Lane), with a luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with David's lifelong interests and concerns, the family suggests a donation to either the Union of Concerned Scientists or Amnesty International.
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