David Terry Hess of Fearrington Village, Pittboro, NC, died September 25 in the care of his family and Duke Hospice. Living with Parkinson’s disease for 25 years, he faced the challenges of life with courage and acceptance and integrity.
He began life in York, PA on January, 31 1938, born to Madeline and Gilbert Herman. A few years later his mother married Leonard Hess and together they had four more children of whom David was the oldest.
He enlisted in the United States Navy at age seventeen and served from 1955-1959 during the Korean War serving as crew member on Navy Air Patrol missions.
In 1968 the University of Kentucky awarded him a doctorate in psychology, having completed a master’s degree at the University of Richmond and a bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University.
David married Susan Boyd of York, PA in 1965. Together they raised son Stephen and daughter Amy until their mother’s death in 1988. In 1992 he married Faye van Oyen of Fredonia, NY and added four adult step children to his family.
In 1991 David was named Vice President of Academic Affairs at the State University of New York at Fredonia, from which post he retired. He had been Dean of the Faculty for Natural and Social Sciences since 1984 and had previously held the positions of Associate Dean, Chairman of Psychology and Psychology professor.
He is survived by Faye, his wife of 23 years, daughter Amy Hess, son Stephen Hess (Anne) and stepchildren Susan Ramsey, Mary Ramsey, Joanne Ramsey and John Ramsey (Kathleen). In addition, David has six grandchildren, Chelsea, Megan, Dashiell, Sebastian, Emery and Beckett.
He will also be remembered by siblings John Hess (Georgia), Joel Hess (Doris), Cheryl Nicklis (Nick) and Kerry Hess. He is also survived by half brothers Guy Herman (Lynn Blais), Nick Herman (Dee), Mike Herman (Teresa), Nick Herman (Jan). He is predeceased by Madeline and Leonard Hess, Gilbert Herman and Wayne Herman.
There will be a memorial service in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC on October 11. There will be burial services held in Chapel Hill, NC and York, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Duke Hospice, 4023 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704 and the National Parkinson’s Foundation National Parkinson Foundation, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018