David Nelson Weinman
February 9, 1934 – December 15, 2018
David Nelson Weinman, 84, of Alexandria, VA, passed away December 15, 2018 after a brief illness. Dave lived a remarkable and passionate life, characterized by a legacy of rich friendships and diverse experiences, including travels that took him to over 100 countries and 47 States. With an invariably optimistic spirit, Dave embraced the credo “laissez les bons temps rouler” of his favorite city, New Orleans, and approached each day as a gift to be opened with things he enjoyed doing and to spend in the company of people he cherished.
Born on February 9, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA, Dave attended Penn Charter High School and Amherst College where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A in American Studies. After serving in the Navy as an officer for three years, he entered law school at the University of Michigan where he graduated in 1962. Inspired by President Kennedy’s clarion call to service, Dave became the first Director of the Peace Corps in Turkey. In this capacity, he was responsible to develop and oversee the Peace Corps program there and guided its expansion from 39 full-time volunteers to 495 at its peak 5 years later. Dave and his talented, idealistic young crew developed cutting edge programs in English language instruction, nursing, childcare, rural development, and tourism. Following his service in the Peace Corps, Dave held a series of critical leadership positions in the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW) [later Health and Human Services], and The Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
He was a member of the team of specialists tasked with establishing the Department of Education. Dave was a renaissance manager, adept at building new programs and initiatives from the ground up and maximizing the potential of the diverse teams under his purview. Ready for a new adventure after a distinguished career in public service, Dave started his own business, Ombud Inc., a service organization which included college advisory, mediation, and consultation services.
Well-read and well-informed, thanks to his customary four daily newspapers, Dave loved keeping up with politics and world events. He was equally passionate about his beloved Redskins, Wolverines, Knicks and Oakland A’s, even as their fortunes waxed and waned over the years. Dave was the consummate extrovert and became the center of many different friendship circles which he valued and was devoted to over his life. Whether it was enjoying long lunches with friends at his many favorite restaurants, traveling around the globe, seeing a concert or play, walking his favorite Jack Russell terriers or displaying his fierce competitiveness on the tennis court, Dave lived life with gusto and on his own terms.
Dave was predeceased by his mother Dorothy (Limbert) Weinman; father George Weinman; brothers George and Lynn Weinman; and his sister Dorothy Robinson. He is survived by his partner of 40 years, Patricia Q. Schoeni and her son Marc Schoeni, of Alexandria, VA. Additional survivors include Todd Weinman, his son, Todd’s wife, Mariel Hagan, and his grandson Duncan Weinman of Nashville, Tennessee.
A viewing will be held at Demaine’s Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. A celebration of life will be held at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:00 am. Burial and Reception to immediately follow.
- Visitation Thursday, December 27, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, December 28, 2018
- Committal Service Friday, December 28, 2018
David Nelson Weinman
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December 30, 2018
For those who knew and admired Dave Weinman we can only marvel at our good fortune. Dave lifted your spirit, offered insight and wisdom, and provided perspective to those encountering difficulties. He was a man with a purpose who carried out important roles in federal management and service programs. His loss leaves a void and he will truly be missed.
Mike judie Jerald
December 28, 2018
Dave was a wonderful mentor and support to us when we were in Turkey, and particularly when we lost our friend Rick Ash. Rest In Peace, and thank you for all you did for us young , idealistic volunteers— and for helping to keep us together for so many years.
Mike and Judie Jerald
December 27, 2018
I remember a visit when I was 11 years old from Uncle David to our house In Houston Texas. He was so handsome in his white navy uniform. They stayed with us for a few days and we had so much fun with them. He was married to Susie at that time and they tried to teach me the Charleston. I didn’t see him for a long time again. When I did see him again it was when my Dad George was dying. We picked him up at the airport. We later were invited to his 60th birthday party in New Orleans. I loved that he included us because I was able to reconnect with Lynn, Sheryl and Aunt Dotty. He was a special man and I was glad to have gotten to know him. Judy Ravkind
December 27, 2018
I really will miss Dave! My deep condolences to your family, and his friends he knew so well!
We knew each other by phone for 18 months before we met. He became an extraordinary friend and quite generous, helpful resource (for what I was going through) with a great philosophy and sense of humor and life. My only hope is that his family will have joy in the rich rewarding life he led for them, himself, Pat, and the greater world. I look forward to meeting Marc Schoeni, and his son Todd Weinman and daughter-in-law Mariel Hagan tonight.
He was a great American, husband, father, grandfather, and friend (to so so many, more than I knew!). We need so many more like him. God Bless
December 26, 2018
My deepest condolences on Dave’s passing. Dave challenged people to be the very best person they could be both professionally and personally. He was a great inspiration and I’ve lived a better life for having known him. He was an extraordinary man who truly lived life to its fullest. My thoughts and prayers are with you P.Q., Marc, Todd, and family.
December 26, 2018
I wii always remember Dave as a kind and gentle man. I enjoyed talking with him in Ann Arbor. I am grateful for all he did to make Arkadaslar such a success. He will surely be missed. Başına sağ olsun.
December 24, 2018
Ernie & Dave - 50 plus years of friendship. I first met Dave in Turkey where Ernie was a Peace Corp Staff Member. Dave's always ready smile, helping hand and generous heart will be missed.
(Photo taken Arkadaslan's Gloabal Reunion September 22-25, 2016, Washington, D.C.).
December 22, 2018
Dave and I first worked together on the Community Action Program at the Office of Economic Opportunity in the late 1960s. In the 70s, he was in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and both of us ended up working in the Social and Rehabilitation Agency. I was Acting Administrator of that agency on two occasions, and Dave was my right-hand man. He was indispensable, and I trusted him. He became my close friend, and I’ve always been interested in his career.
December 20, 2018
I had the privilege to work closely with Dave at OMB. Also I was a former PCV back in 1964 in West Africa and loved to travel. I was the numbers guy and he was overseer of a Federal Region and wise in the ways of the real government not Peace Corps overseas and taught me so much about how to get things done. He was a true gentleman, ever so patient and clever at making you think his ideas were yours and loved educating a newbie like me in the ways of Washington. I learned so much from him. He also was amazingly and smoothly humble and willing to share credit as I started my true work career at Omb. Sadly I went off to Cairo for 5 years and never went back into the Federal Government and lost contact with him. I was happily surprised to see his obituary in Peace Corps news today and will say prayers for his eternal rest. Rest in piece Dave.
December 20, 2018
I will always remember Uncle David looking so handsome in his white navy uniform. It is my earliest memory. The wonderful quality about my uncle is that he was always present when he spoke to you. Both as a child and adult I always felt he cared and was truly interested in what I had to say and what I was doing. I do remember a Thanksgiving he joined us at the farmhouse. Not one for sitting around, he had us playing touch football outside. I broke my tail bone. Can't remember if it was he or Lynn who "tackled" me. His service to the Peace Corps left an impression. I assumed that a life of service was expected. Ken and I actually looked into joining the Peace Corps after marriage but went into missions instead, then I continued teaching for 40 years. He was the first person I knew to love travelling which again influenced my own desire to travel the world. I still have a Turkish table he brought us. Uncle David, You will be missed! Love, Carol
December 19, 2018
There are so many memories of us. Dave and Ernie always buying something at the Turkish Barraze. Two real friends to each other. He will be missed.