David Edward Albright

October 14, 1936August 17, 2010

David Edward Albright, 73, of Bloomington, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 17. He was born on October 14, 1936 in Amo, Indiana, the son of David Albright and Georgia Pauline (Doty) Albright. He grew up in Colfax, Indiana. David graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in journalism in 1958 and a master’s degree in journalism in 1959. He was editor of the Indiana Daily Student during his journalism studies at IU. He then received another master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in international relations. David served in the Army at the start of the Vietnam War, working in the intelligence service. When he returned to New York, he worked several years for the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1971 he became an editor for the journal Problems of Communism, which was published by the United States Information Agency in Washington, D.C. In 1982 David and his wife Ruth moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where he was a professor of national security at the Air War College, the Air Force’s school for colonels and lieutenant colonels. In 1994, he and Ruth returned to their “roots” in Bloomington, Indiana, a move that brought a great deal of joy and fulfillment into their lives. David worked as a senior research associate for the Center for the Study of Global Change. He frequently taught courses on international security in the 21st century and was very active in bringing in notable outside authorities to enrich students’ lives at Indiana University. He was very involved in volunteer activities in the Bloomington area. He just stepped down in May as president of the Theatre Circle. He was a past president of the National Society of Arts and Letters on the local level and the chair of the six-year planning and competition committee on the national level. He was a member of Bloomington Worldwide Friendship and enjoyed his many interactions with international students at IU. He was a member of the Bloomington Rotary Club. David is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Ruth (Padget) Albright; two brothers, Terrill D. Albright of Indianapolis and Michael Albright and his wife Jan of Birmingham, Michigan. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews: Rob Albright and his wife Maggie of Indianapolis and their three sons, Ben, Jack and Daniel; Betsy Albright of Chicago; Christina Albright Connell and her husband Steve of Milford, Michigan, and their three children, Lucas, Toria and Maizie; and Craig Albright and his wife Mary Beth of Washington, D.C. and their son Truman. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the IU Theatre Circle through the IU Foundation, P.O. Box 2298, Bloomington, IN 47402-2298 or to the National Society of Arts and Letters, P.O. Box 7105, Bloomington, Indiana 47407. A celebration of David’s life is planned for mid-September. Details will be announced at a later date.


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August 31, 2010

Dear Ruth,
I just returned from a trip and received this sad, sad news. I am so sorry for your loss. David was such a talented man, so kind and sooooo helpful. He taught me a great deal, gently and with great good humor.
With deepest condolences,
Alicia Klaffky

August 29, 2010

Dear Ruth Albright and family,
We are shocked and sorry to hear about David. We met him last year at Bloomington Worldwide Friendship. We know you and he have been key people in this wonderful organization that helps international students feel at home while studying at Indiana University by connecting them with host families. He will leave a legacy of international friendship and understanding.
We send your family our condolences,
Dell Harmsen and Bill Davis

August 26, 2010

Dear Ruth, we were shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of our dear friend of more than fifty years. We'll always remember him, of course--as will many, many others whose lives he touched. You and Terry and Mike are much in our thoughts during this sad time. -Tom and Shirley Thomson (Walnut Creek, CA)

August 25, 2010

Dear Ruth, We are terribly sorry to hear such sad news of David's sudden passing. NSAL has lost such a loyal, active supporter. Please know that we are thinking of you and hope that you are surrounded by family and friends to help you through this difficult time. With sympathy,
Janice and Jim Botsford

Justin Otten

August 21, 2010

Dear Ruth--I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, and it saddens my wife and I--we were just in touch with David recently and planned to see him on our next visit to the states, as we did last August. May you rejoice in the positive times you shared and the great things he did as an educator, a Hoosier, and an American (I certainly second "M"). With our deepest sympathy--Justin & Irena Otten

August 20, 2010

Dear Ruth, We send our deepest sympathies for David's untimely death. We knew him as a committed Rotarian, dedicated advocate for the arts, and supporter of all things international. He will be missed, but his many talents will long be remembered. May the thanks of those whose lives he touched comfort you in the days ahead. Mike and Cheryl Engber

Jim and Lu Cregar

August 20, 2010

David will be missed by many. . . .we were so lucky to have serendipitously found you two one summer day in 1999! We send our deepest sympathy. Jim and Lu Cregar

Nancy Quigle

August 20, 2010

Dear Ruth and family, I am thinking of you at this time. Please accept my sympathy concerning the loss of David. Hopefully, time will help you all. Nancy Quigle


August 19, 2010

David was an exceptionally kind man who served his country honorably and inspired his students. I can attest to that. I was one of them. I thank him for making me a better student, a better person, and a better American. Thank you, David. You'll be deeply missed.

August 19, 2010

Dear Ruth,
We were surprised and deeply sorry to read of David's passing. He was a fine, talented man. Please accept our condolences.
Jim McLay & Carroll Tolsma