Berger Memorial Chapel

9430 Olive Blvd, St Louis, MO


David Richard Heller

Born February 1, 1952

Beloved son of the late Max and the late Rebecca Heller; dear brother and brother in law of Sheri (Don) Sherman; dear uncle of Adam and Samantha Sherman.

Private family services will be held. David was a 1970 graduate of University City High School and a professor of philosophy at the University of Seattle. Memorial contributions of your choice preferred.


  • Condolences Wednesday after 2 pm, Private Funeral Service and Interment


David Richard Heller

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Alan Abramovitz

January 31, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of David's passing. As you know our parents were friends and I knew David fairly well when we were growing up. Hope all is well with you and your family.
Alan Abramovitz

Steen Halling

September 27, 2015

I saw David on numerous occasions at Seattle University as he was going to or from his classes.
Even though I never got to know him beyond saying hello, he impressed me as a person with a genuineness and an intelligence that made me feel good about his being a colleague and a teacher. Now I wish I had taken the time to talk to him. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

David Horowitz

January 22, 2015

I'd often run into David in Seattle's University District, where I live. He had grown up in University City, Missouri, where I'd spent eight years of my boyhood. He went to high school with my brother Carl. A great loss: a scholar and philosopher of integrity; a genuinely considerate person and teacher; and a lively conversationalist. And he'd so looked forward to his retirement to read and study. RIP.

Walter Parker

January 20, 2015

David was an incisive scholar and an utterly unique individual of extraordinary integrity—Socrates at the agora, a teacher, a learner. I had many conversations with him over the years and considered a personal tutor on literature and philosophy. He loved his work at Seattle University and took his teaching more seriously than anyone I've known in my 30 years as a professor. I would leave our chats always to think more carefully about—and reconsider—what I planned to teach that week. Sometimes David dropped by my office at UW but mostly we just bumped into each other in the University District, sometimes at the Allegro or Magus, and a session would ensue. He might ask, “Are you re-reading anything?” I would stammer something, and then he would share what he had recently re-read, often focusing on a single sentence, sometimes a single idea in the opening sentence of a text—maybe something by Vonnegut or Plato. I read James' The Beast in the Jungle because of him. And re-read Catcher in the Rye. Of course, I began paying attention to opening sentences. His death is a shock, and I will miss him dearly. For his spirit, I will re-read something.

Dennis James Rogers

January 18, 2015

Dennis James Rogers

January 18, 2015

Wendy Nakao

January 18, 2015

David was a sensitive, kind, and intelligent person. I knew him through Karl and Inge Dardick and the beautiful old house they shared. I last saw David when some of us scattered Karl's ashes. I will miss running into him on the Ave. Condolences to his family.

Therese Cory

January 14, 2015

David and I previously worked together at Seattle U. The last time I saw him, a year ago, we were commiserating about the mountains of end-of-quarter grading, but he concluded by saying, with great enthusiasm, how lucky he felt to have the kind of job that made it possible to be immersed in philosophy every day. I will remember his friendliness, enthusiasm, and devotion to his chosen profession. Sincerest condolences to his family.

Marty Weinless and Katherine Kreilkamp

January 13, 2015

We knew David as neighbors in Seattle's U District and as a fellow teacher. David always seemed to us the embodiment of the urban monk, the solitary contemplative in a world of action, the man whom Thomas Merton and Albert Camus praised. He was totally dedicated to his teaching and to his students, perhaps more of a Jesuit than some of the Jesuits at Seattle U. We will miss his total integrity.

Robyn Goldfarb Jamison

January 12, 2015

I'm sorry to hear of David's death. I only knew him in high school, but remember him with respect, fondness and admiration.