David D. Lockhart

January 29, 1924June 25, 2014

David D. Lockhart, 90, died peacefully on June 25, 2014 at Munson Hospice House. He was born January 29, 1924 in Jackson, MI to David and Nan Lockhart. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1942, Jackson Junior College in 1948, Central Michigan University with his B.A. in 1951, University of Michigan with his M.A. in 1954, and Eastern Michigan University with his M.S. in Physics in 1971. He also attended Holly Cross University in Massachusetts on a National Science Foundation Scholarship for Physics in the summers of 1967 and 1968.

In November 1942, David enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Signal Corp attached to Hq Battery 224th Field Artillery Group. While in the Army, he also attended Syracuse University and American University in Schrivenham, England. He was discharged in April 1946.

Mr. Lockhart taught Physics and Math at Allen Park High School from 1951-1983. During his years at Allen Park, he was also a class advisor, directed several junior class plays, coached the golf team, initiated an audio-visual aids program, and was the announcer for football and basketball games. He had several articles published in Popular Electronics, The Physics Teacher, and Science Teacher’s Workshop.

In 1951, David married Nell C. Falconer of Scottville, MI. They had two children, Lee Alan and Lynn Ann. After retirement, they spent 27 winters in Tucson, AZ and the rest of their time in Elk Rapids, MI. They enjoyed camping, fishing, golf, bridge, and hiking. Their greatest hike was to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. They also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and overseas. Mr. Lockhart also created crossword puzzles and other word puzzles for publication.

Mr. Lockhart is survived by his wife, Nell Lockhart; their children, Lee (Joyce) Lockhart of Friendswood, TX and Lynn (Randy) Guernsey of Clark Lake, MI; and four wonderful grandchildren, Jerod and Jason Lockhart of Texas, and Katie and Kyle Guernsey of Michigan.

There are no services planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity or Munson Hospice House.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Homes in Elk Rapids.


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Leo Willetts-Jan 56

July 3, 2014

Mr Lockhart was my class sponsor in January 1956 and taught me math during our short time together. I really liked him and enjoyed his classes.I don't remember a lot of things that occurred back then, but I certainly have retained my interest in math. God bless him.

Kathryn Scudder

June 28, 2014

Dear Nell, I am thinking of you and the other family members at the loss of your husband and their father. May God grant you strength, peace and comfort.

Barry J (61)

June 28, 2014

Out of all the teachers encountered during my 4 years at Allen Park HS, Mr Lockhart was one of only 4 or 5 that I've remembered for all these years. His Physics class teaching style encouraged students to reach and expand beyond the standard text book material -- something that made his class so much more interesting. He was always available for after-class "consultation" on ideas/potential experiments that crossed our minds.
He was definitely one of the HS influences that helped shaped his students future.

Larry Sears (Class of 1966)

June 27, 2014

He was one my favorite teachers with a great understated sense of humor and he could explain and demonstrate the laws of physics so well. May he rest in peace.

June 27, 2014

Mr. Lockhart taught me physics and a life lesson. We were required to write out lab reports on the experiments we undertook. I was suspecting that not all the lengthy papers were reviewed. I put a box deep in the report stating "Check this box if you have read this". I got away with it once and showed all my classmates. Next time I did this a whole page was a red box with words "If you ever do this again you will be flunked, check box if you understand." Ron G.

Lori M.L.

June 27, 2014

Mr. Lockhart was an exceptional physics teacher who taught with passion. He had a great sense of humor and was one of my favorite teachers. I can't help but smile when I think of him using the huge slide rule mounted above the black board. A fine man.