David Bruce Lection

December 3, 1956September 10, 2020

David Lection, age 63, passed away on September 10, 2020. He was a Senior Patent Engineer and IBM Lifetime Master Inventor. David is survived by his wife, Pamela; son, Andrew; daughter, Jennine; mother, Anna; brother, Roger; and sister, Linda. David was born on December 3, 1956 in Homestead, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. He shared 36 years of loving marriage with his wife Pamela. David was a devoted, loving husband and father. He was known for his loving dedication to his family, his cheerful sense of humor which always lifted the spirits of family and friends, and his ability to cultivate a sense of family and community with those close to him. A highly intelligent and creative engineer and inventor with a deep love for music, David exhibited a fascination with electronic circuitry from a young age beginning with building radios and later becoming president of the radio club in high school. David served in the US Air Force Reserve in the military police. As a Master Inventor, David’s innovative thinking, engineering sensibilities, and creativity led to him submitting numerous patents filed at the US Patent Office. David will forever be in our hearts and thoughts. We will miss him dearly.

A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Committal Services will be held at Raleigh Memorial Park privately.

Arrangements with Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park.


22 September

Funeral Mass

4:00 pm

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

11401 Leesville Road
Raleigh, North Carolina


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Becky Schneider

September 22, 2020

My first memory of David was when I was about 7 or 8 years old at Pam and David's wedding. I don't know what they thought of all of us kids running around, but I do know David loved being part of the Murray family, and we loved him too. David and I shared our love of dogs, labs in particular. He was always kind and generous and we had great conversations during our family reunions. David was always the one the family counted on to take pictures and document our gatherings. This was of course because he was always up to date on the newest technologies and had the best equipment. He took pictures and videos at my wedding as our gift.
The world has lost a loving and caring soul. Kris and I send our heartfelt condolences to Pam, Andrew, and Jennine.

Jill Jones Cunico

September 21, 2020

My heart is breaking hearing of Dave's passing. What a wonderful man who definitely cherished his family ~ Pam, Andrew and Jennine and of course Crosby! One Christmas he actually sent me pizzelles in the mail! Such a thoughtful and caring man who I had the pleasure of knowing growing up in Bethel Park. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Keith Aaron

September 21, 2020

I am saddended by Dave's passing but I get to keep the memories.

Ordering a Bender Schmender Sandwich at Roy's Place in Gaithersburg back in the IBM days.

Visiting while travelling thru North Carolina.

Bumping into Dave and Pam, finding out were on the the same Cruise.

William Pagán

September 21, 2020

I am proud to have been able to call David a mentor, a team lead, and a friend. In fact, he was one of the most important people to me during my 14 years at IBM. He helped me to become a Master Inventor at IBM myself, which set me upon the path to ultimately becoming a Patent Attorney and Partner at the IP law firm Coats & Bennett.

Dave and I worked together on some of the coolest patents in my portfolio. My favorite was a multi-dimensional crossfader for mixing audio (U.S. Patent No. 9,277,344, and others). He just loved audio technology and music generally. He was always so kind, encouraging, and enthusiastic. Just one of the best people I met during my time at IBM. I'm so grateful that he saw something in me and encouraged me to bring my software ideas to his invention disclosure review board in IBM Software Group instead of the one in my hardware focused organization.

I also had the privilege of working for him as my team lead when I worked for IBM's IP Licensing and Assignments team. We investigated all kinds of interesting technology together. He was the best kind of person: super smart, and always genuine and kind. I had the best time of my IBM career working with him. I will miss him greatly.

Scott E. Schneider

September 21, 2020

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of David's passing. He as a tremendously friendly guy, and a pleasure to talk about inventions and music with.

I worked with him many times at IBM when he was directly in the patent engineering group, but what I remember most was his smiling, laughter, and good nature. When he moved into the source code licensing group at IBM, I actually took over his previous role (a very cool role where he traveled all over Asia working on patent deals). He shared with me very valuable guidance and support during the role transition.

Dave was very innovative! He could always come up with a new invention in a matter of minutes -- one of the first Master Inventors I ever met at IBM.

My condolences to his family, he will be greatly missed and always remembered...


September 19, 2020

I was shocked and saddened to hear of David's sudden passing.

I have known David for close to 20 years. He has been my friend, my mentor and colleague. I know he loved Pam, Jennine and Andrew dearly. He would always be quick to bring up their accomplishments. He was very proud of his family.

Also, of course there was Penn State. Our shared love of all things Penn State were always part of the conversations we would have. I believe it was that we were both Penn State grads that started our friendship.

He was proud of his professional accomplishments. He also found energy and excitement in helping others with their careers. A number of us got our first patents with his guidance and encouragement.

I wish he had more time on this world to see the wonderful things his loving family will experience. I know his love will be part of all they do and that their love will reach up to him.

Mark Peters

September 18, 2020

I have had the pleasure of knowing David for many years through patenting and then as a teammate. I would avoid walking by his office because I could spend hours talking to him about gadgets and problems and solutions instead of doing my work. Haha. Seriously, I enjoyed working with him and welcomed him to any project he could assist with.

David was a warm, kind, personable human being. He took pleasure in work and family. He was a lifelong learner with a zest for knowledge.

I am glad that I got to know David. I wish his family the best.

Brent Miller

September 18, 2020

Pamela and family, my sincere condolences.

David was a long-time IBM colleague and friend. I will miss his intelligence, wit, wisdom and willingness to teach and help others.

Mark Molander

September 17, 2020

I have so many great memories of David, who I first met working on a new smart phone (we called them PDAs at that time) project at IBM nearly 30 years ago. His strong enthusiasm for new gadgets and technologies was so contagious, and he was also such a great work mate - so positive, witty, and willing to help others.

We co-invented roughly a dozen patents together. One of the zaniest ones was a Track Point that would pop-up above the keyboard and become a 3D input device - plenty of jokes about that one! We've remained good friends and colleagues over the years, so I'll truly miss him. My deepest heart-felt sympathies to Pam, Jennine, and Andrew for your huge loss.

Edward Dahmus

September 17, 2020

I first met Dave when he was part of Work Study program at Penn State. Smart, curious, outgoing, friendly, eager, etc. are all traits that stood out immediately. He was a great friend over the years, and actually made the connection that eventually led to my being hired by IBM. His love of new hardware and software was obvious from the start, but only seemed to get larger over the years. But his love of his wife and children was even greater and he was always quick to let me know what was going on his life and theirs. He will be greatly missed.....


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