Remembering David Swope

We at the Burns­­ mourn the passing of one of our founding leaders, David Swope. Well beyond his many official roles, David was a leader and a friend, a man of enormous personal warmth and sparkling intelligence, someone whose counsel we turned to again and again throughout the life of this institution, which always seemed to come from the deepest wells of lived wisdom. ­He was generous in every sense of the word, and at his core, he loved people, knew everyone, and understood what it meant to be a friend.  It is a profound loss. We are just one of many institutions today who mourn the passing of this magnificent human being.

We created this video to honor David at our 2016 gala, where he received the JBFC Leadership Award.

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