David Monroe Graham, 84, of Hendersonville passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 at Mission Hospital. He was born in Lansing, MI to the late Albert Douglas Graham and Mariam Moore. David is also preceded in death by his two sisters Kay Kribs and Sharon Cashin.
David was a voracious reader, especially mysteries and thrillers. He had a special appreciation for Clive Cussler, as they both shared a passion for the ocean. David got to meet Cussler while covering a ship-wreck treasure hunt as a journalist, and is mentioned in Cussler’s nonfiction work “The Treasure Hunters.” David also loved political cartoons, and frequently shared them with his family. Until he retired to Hendersonville with his wife, David was a devoted member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA, volunteering his time as treasurer, newsletter editor, and many other odd jobs. He also spent a decade as an integral part of the Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community (UUMAC), and made many lasting connections there.
David had a colorful career as a journalist; including an almost twenty-year stint as the Editor in Chief of Sea Technology magazine. Sea Tech took him to cities around the globe, deep underwater in the Alvin submarine, and allowed him to meet legends of the industry such as marine biologists Sylvia Earle and Jacques Cousteau. David maintained several life-long friendships he made over the years at Sea Tech. David loved animals, and loved making friends with the neighborhood dogs. He always carried treats in his pocket for them, and they were always ecstatic to see him; the neighbors lovingly referred to him as “the dog whisperer.”
David spent a part of his early 20s living in Alaska with his Uncle Mort and extended family, which included a pet bear and a pet moose. Daily nature walks with his wife were one of his favorite past times, and recently enjoyed observing a family of geese and brand new goslings in his neighborhood lake. David relished listening to music of all kinds, especially classical, and loved old movies. As an avid photographer, David could almost always been seen with his trusty camera bag at his side, whether on vacation or traveling for work.
Left to cherish David’s memory will be his wife of eighteen years, Rebecca Graham, daughter Catherine; two sons, Robert Graham (Sandra) of Sacramento, CA and Jaimie Graham of Houston, TX; grandchildren (Robert) Erica, Ashton and Christopher; and sister Pat Grasser (Sharon Cashin) of Grand Marais, MI.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Humane Society (or your favorite Animal Welfare charity) in David’s name.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.