David grew up in Philadelphia. After completing 2 years of med school he fled the political and social turbulence of 1971 Boston and moved to Swanville as a back-to-the-land hippie in search of peace and simplicity. He returned to med school, earning an MD in 1974 and completing a family practice residency in Augusta in 1977 before returning to live in Swanville and practice family medicine in Belfast for 40 years before retiring in 2017. He has joined the CMLT board in the hopes of assisting with land conservation in the midcoast area in general and the Hurds Pond watershed in particular. He plans to be buried on his property where he will finally be a bona fide back to the lander.