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04/16/14 - NNHS Newsletter - David Falk

David Coleman Falk, Sr.
(19 Oct 1935 - 14 Apr 2014)

Newport News High School Class of 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is sad news to report this Wednesday morning.      David Falk, Class of 1953, passed away in Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday, April 14, 2014 at the age of 78.  May his memory be for a blessing always.


     
  David C. Falk, Sr.
 
    NEWPORT NEWS - David Coleman Falk, Sr., 78 years old, passed away on the 14th of April 2014 at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh, NC. after a long illness.

David was born on the 19th of October 1935 in Newport News, VA to Emanuel and Jean Berman Falk. David was born and raised in Newport News, VA. He graduated from Newport News High School in Newport News, VA in 1953 where he played football and participated in track & field.

A Farmer at heart, David began farming when he was in high school by growing vegetables on a vacant lot next to his parent's home where he had a vegetable stand.
He joined the Marines in 1957 and was part of the Reserve for 8 years. He attended the University of Wisconsin where he received a BS in Dairy Husbandry in 1957. His Father gave him $5,000 to cover his four years for room and board, but he decided to "indulge in a bit of extracurricular tycoonery" by purchasing a rooming house.
 David C. Falk, Sr.
 
 
  Over the summer break he refurbished the house while living on the front porch and rented it to students. With the profit he made he bought 47 acres of land and subdivided it into 3 lots and sold it at a profit and then bought another rooming house. By the time he graduated he left Wisconsin with a profit even after paying for his education. His story was told in Time Magazine in December.

He originally went to the University of Wisconsin to play football, but decided to join the crew team which went to the Olympic trials. He was also a member of the Track and Field team. After graduation, he returned to Virginia and established a dairy farm named Kingsmill Farm in Williamsburg, VA. He farmed the land and milked the cows until his father said, "I'm tired of you milking your cows during the day and milking me at night". So, reluctantly he came to work with his father at Drucker & Falk in 1964.

He moved to Raleigh in the late 60's with his eye on the potential for apartment development. His first apartment development in Raleigh was Montecito Apartments followed by Montecito West, Shellbrook, Fairway, Tapers, The Groves, Fairgate, to name a few. He expanded his expertise to other areas of the triangle including Wake Forest, Knightdale, Cary, Apex and Morrisville. His active role in the company helped to expand Drucker & Falk's footprint throughout the Southeast from Virginia to Florida. He was instrumental in making the company what it is today: a successful property management company in the southeast.

David Falk never lost his passion for the dairy industry and its people. One of his favorite things to do was to find a spot in one of his barns or pastures, surrounded by cows, and just sit and ponder, often chewing on a cigar. A purchase of embryos as a donation to North Carolina State led to his acquaintance with Dr. Mitch Hockett, and the two joined forces to form Kingsmill Farm II in Durham, NC upon his retirement from Drucker & Falk. Kingsmill Farm II was a primary buyer of cattle and embryos - both publicly and privately - for several years, thus providing an infusion of income for many dairy farmers. The herd received several All-American nominations during its tenure, with its most notable show-ring achievement the Intermediate Championship of Red-Vision Dis Della-Red in the International Red-and-White Show in 2005.

Consignment sales hosted by the farm were some of the 'go-to' events in the mid-2000s, and saw cattle sold from coast-to-coast. It is rare to pick up a sale catalog today and not see cattle developed by Kingsmill or with a Kingsmill prefix somewhere in the pedigree.

It would be fair to say (and Mr. Falk would approve!) that he didn't die, he just wore out, because every day was lived to the fullest. He was large in stature, large in the way his mind worked, and at any minute he could burst out into a roar of laughter, often at himself and some miscue. In one five-minute span, the conversation could range from genomics to the Chinese economy to the Roman Empire to Madison to male-female relationships to milk processing to his beloved collie, Chief, to what was the hot stock on Wall Street or in Tokyo. And then he would top that off with a discussion on who had the best barbeque in some small town, so you could listen in and see what interesting property might be coming on the market, and then the question "Do you have time to go get a bite?"

Mr. Falk could be a challenge to deal with, but only because he expected himself to rise to many challenges. He had a fierce competitive spirit that followed him from his years on the rowing team at UWM to his business dealings.

Along with his role in the dairy industry, Mr. Falk supported a variety of philanthropic and humanitarian causes during his lifetime, both in the states, and internationally. Most recently, he was excited about some promising advances in cancer and Alzheimer's research which he was supporting financially. He did see his wish for a branded dairy product come true, with the introduction of Cultured Cow cheddars in 2012; he was pleased to be joined in that effort by a grandson, Dexter Tillett.

David Falk was a visionary with an unlimited imagination, and an even more unlimited determination to see that vision through to fruition. Even if the original vision didn't materialize as first dreamed, he relished the challenges that caused growth along the way, and change resulted He has patents specializing in mechanical devices for farming. He was named the Man of the Year for the Jewish Community in the 70s. He held numerous board memberships in non-profits including being President of the Advisory Board of Meredith College, President of United Jewish Appeal and President of St. Augustine College to name a few.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Jean Falk. David is survived by his son, David Falk, Jr.; his daughters, Kellie Falk and her fiancé, Joseph Patterson; Amy Weinberger and her husband, Steve Weinberger; and Kim Tillett; as well as his grandchildren, Dexter, Hudson, Rachel, Erin and Jacob.

A memorial service will be held at Beth Meyer Synagogue, 504 Newton Road at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 17th followed by burial services at the Hebrew Cemetery, 450 N. State Street.

The family will be greeting friends and relatives at Beth Meyer Synagogue on Thursday, April 17th at 7:30 pm for Shiva service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to a charitable organization of your choice. Condolences may be sent through
www.brownwynnemillbrook.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press on April 16, 2014.
   
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April 15, 2014
 
I worked with David for many years at Drucker and Falk. He brought me into the company. He was a man of uncommon wisdom, knowledge and experience. A true larger than life figure. He was extra - ordinarily humble, and met you on your own ground where ever that was. He could be mercurial, visionary, and temperamental, all in ways that endeared him to you, in living life as an ordinary human being.

He accomplished much, by dint of his powerful persona and rare business gifts. I was the beneficiary of these attributes in many ways, but most of all I was blessed by his person, period.

I will miss David greatly.

~ Bob Lippard, Raleigh, North Carolina
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April 15, 2014

I didn't get to know David until a shared interest in helping Adults with Autism began to coalesce about three years ago. As an architect I was invited to a meeting with David and about 20 others.

David and I went on to “try out" many different ideas as per David's directions. Although he was passionate about the cause - we was equally "passionate" about the bottom line, always. And probably the most decisive person I have ever met!

We went to see many people and talk about different ways to set up a special program here in the Triangle. David was singularly one of the most creative people I've ever known - who also had a mind that could calculate return on investment faster than I could on a calculator, and then good-naturedly laugh at me as I was trying to catch up to him! And he revered science as can be known from the countless awards his farm earned from the prize animals.

David loved to tell me stories how this synagogue or that temple got built. He told me how, as a young US ex-marine, he joined the Israeli army when the war broke out in 1967…and how it was over by the time he got there a week later.

The last dozen or so times we met – were in his “mobile office” (the passenger-side seat in his SUV). I will miss him, his stories, and his powerful nature.

~ Bob Andron, Raleigh, North Carolina
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April 16, 2014

I was deeply saddened to read of the passing of David Falk, Sr. My sincerest condolences go out to Kellie, Amy, Kim and David, Jr. on the loss of your dad. In a life full of extraordinary accomplishments, you are by far his greatest success.
 


April 16, 2014
 
Emily Rosen -- an unforgettable man - towering and powerful and lovable -- He will surely be missed.

~ Emily Rosen
 


April 16, 2014

David Falk, Sr. was a true visionary who enjoyed seeing others benefit by growing families, buying homes and succeeding in life through his investments, ideas and risks. He was a true leader who helped propel Drucker & Falk into new markets and new services. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered!

~
Steve Hayworth, Raleigh, North Carolina
 


April 16, 2014

The year is 1966.
I came on the Ship Liberte from Southampton England with Jean and Emmanuel Falk to come to Newport News and stay with my Aunt and Uncle Lorraine and Louis Drucker.
At The Pier in NYC was David Falk, tall and handsome. I turned to his parents and said, "If all the boys in America look like him I am staying."
I will remember him and that day forever.
Many a Birthday in the Merry Month of May was spent at the Kingsmill Farm for David Segaloff's Birthday Party; Paul Serwitz once broke his arm. Tzina Richman and I rode his horses - lots of memories.
Thank you, David.
Condolences to the Family.
Fondly,

~ Jaci Drucker Segaloff Silverberg
 


April 16, 2014

Such a dear and wonderful man. He will be missed.

~ Gloria Jacobs, Richmond, Virginia
 


April 16, 2014
 
I knew David At NNHS Class of 1953. He was very industrious and became a very strong Business Man. NN will miss David. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

- Unsigned
 



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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Falk's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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