David Saunders

November 20, 1951 ~ March 30, 2020 (age 68) 68 Years Old

David Saunders Obituary

David R. Saunders, 68, of New York City, died on March 30, 2020 at Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York, due to COVID-19.

Born in Munich, Germany, he was the son of the late 1st Lieutenant Edmund L and Helen (Turner) Saunders.

David was a graduate of Newton Central High School and graduated from Columbia University in New York.  From 1976 to 1979 he worked for the Harvard University International Office in Cambridge.  He received his law degree from the University of Virginia, and practiced law in New York City until his retirement, during which he was very active in the Go community.  He was a friend and mentor to many players.

David is survived by his siblings, Debra Giesseman and her husband Alan, of Piqua, Ohio; Jeffrey Saunders and his wife, Joan of Fairfield, Ohio; Gregory Saunders of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Mark Saunders  and his wife Jenny of Westerville, Ohio; his step-mother, Wilma Saunders, Piqua Ohio; his nieces and nephews,  Peter, Gabrielle, and Charles Saunders of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Graham and Nathaniel Saunders of Westerville, Ohio; and Kristen Sweeney and her husband Shane of Jacksonville, North Carolina; his cousins,  Michael Turner and his wife Marilyn of Denver, Colorado;  James Turner of  New Hampshire and Joe Turner of London.

David was predeceased by his brother, Alan Saunders.

All services are private due to the COVID-19 virus.  His final resting place will be in Southborough Rural Cemetery.

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