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David Wickham

November 27, 1946March 23, 2020

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Elaine Gibson

April 6, 2020

My sincere condolences to Danny and the rest of the family. Elaine Matheny Gibson

Karen Buckman

April 3, 2020

David Wickham was always so kind to me. I served as Faculty Senate president and he was very supportive and helpful to me. I pray for David, Tadji and his family.

Basnagoda Rahula

April 1, 2020

David, as well as late Tadji, being a wonderful friend of mine, his passing came to me as a shock. I first met David in 2008, and ever since our friendship grew. In E Building, we had our offices in front of each other's, and I remember his broad smile and greetings whenever he saw me.

We both shared an interest in Shakespearean dramas, in which David was a specialist. I taught Hamlet in 1302, and his feedback was tremendously helpful to me.

I do not remember a relevant Shakespearean quotation to wind us this message, but I do remember one from his contemporary John Donne:

"One short sleep past, we wake eternally.
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die."

Laura Montgomery

March 31, 2020

David was a wonderful professor, mentor and colleague. He was one of my daughter's first professors as a dual-credit student, and her love for classic literature and Shakespeare was fostered in a way that added to her life and education. I took a couple of his classes for enjoyment, and was never disappointed. His caring for his students and creativity made learning the material enriching and fun. As a colleague at Lone Star, he inspired me to teach more creatively and to really focus on the important aspects of education. He was always available, encouraging and a true light to all who knew him.

Vivian Jones

March 29, 2020

My fondest memories of David were within the first 5 years of the founding of Montgomery College. We often had lunch together in the campus-run cafeteria and rested from the exhausting rounds of ad hoc building-the-college meetings. I relied on David’s experience and knowledge in navigating our unique story as founding faculty. Along the way, he talked about going to the movies with Athena, his daughter whom he adored, and I talked about Jeff’s and my daughter Ariana who grew to toddle down the hallway and say hello to Mr. David. David was a good person and good friend. Jeff and I will miss David and send our condolences to his family.

Cynthia Salmeron

March 29, 2020

Mr. Wickham was hands down the best English professor. His love of Shakespeare sparked mine, and many others. His gentle spirit and passion for literature set him apart. My condolences to his family.

JUSTIN CRAFT

March 29, 2020

Mr. Wickham was a light at the end of the tunnel. Someone who always brightened my day with his love for Shakespeare and just who he was as a person. He was such a great English professor and l loved the life lessons he taught us in his class that have really made me a better student and a man and I couldn’t have done that without him. The one lesson that I loved the most about Mr. Wickham was the lesson he taught us about love and what it really means to love something or someone, it showed me how he really cared for each and every one of us as not just his students but his family. He is the true definition of what every teacher should be. I will truly miss Mr. Wickham but God just got an angel that will light up the heavens as he did on Earth. Rest in Peace, Mr. Wickham.

Olin Joynton

March 28, 2020

I remember how the art and exquisite books in David’s office made a visit there like entering the chambers of a Renaissance prince. How he beamed with pride and joy when speaking about Tadji and Athena. How he graciously guided administrators away from inflicting foolishness upon the faculty. How he beat the desk with a fake rose to show his students the delicate, ephemeral beauty of a real one. And how we broke into favorite Sinatra lines when we were supposed to be working (ergo the fedora).

Alexa R

March 27, 2020

I started college as a student at Lone Star College at 16 years old, so scared and not knowing what to expect. Mr. Wickham was the first face of a college professor that I had a class with and interacted with. Starting from day 1, he helped me gain confidence in myself through how much he cared for each and every one of his students. If it weren’t for him, I would not be the confident, critical thinker that I am today. I am graduating this semester with my BSN and I am forever grateful for the touch he had on my life. May he forever Rest In Peace.

Gary Brown

March 27, 2020

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers." That line is from William Shakespeare's Henry V.

It also has significance in my 25 year association and friendship with David Wickham. He and I were part of the Founding Faculty of Montgomery College in 1995. That group is slowly dwindling down to fewer than a dozen of us now. But we all have ties binding us together for an eternity.

It was an honor and a privilege for me to know David Wickham.

I'll close this tribute with another line from Shakespeare's Hamlet that I'm sure David cited often in his classes:

"Good night, sweet prince."

FROM THE FAMILY