David DesJardins Hume

January 18, 1928 - February 18, 2015
David DesJardins Hume

David DesJardins Hume died in Wilmington on February 18, 2015. He was born in New Milford, CT in 1928, graduated from Canterbury School in 1945, and then enlisted in the US Navy. He received a BA from Yale University in 1949 and an MA from Columbia University in 1950. After several years as a research assistant in The Citizen Education Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, he was appointed headmaster of Saint David’s School in New York City in 1953. He held this position until 1990, by which time he was the longest serving headmaster in the United States.

Hume served as President of the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City and was a trustee for several independent schools there. He was also President of the Thomas More Chapel at Yale, President of the New York State Association of Independent Schools, President of the Country Day School Headmasters Association, a founder of the Elementary School Heads Association and first president of the Interschool Orchestras of New York (formerly the Independent School Orchestra of New York City).

After retiring from Saint David’s School, Hume designed and built a small cruising sailboat and then wrote a book about it, Blueberry (A Boat of the Connecticut Shoreline). He also published several books about trips to Italy with his wife: Towns of the Renaissance, About Sicily, About Italy (Puglia to the Po), and Travels in Italy (Verona to Roma). He also published a novel, Beyond the Long-Eared Mountains.

Hume and his wife moved to Wilmington, NC in 1990, where he served on the boards of the Wilmington Concert Association and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, and was advisor to several local arts associations. Hume was also a painter and participated in the 2014 Art Show at the Cameron Art Museum.

Hume is survived by his wife of 61 years, Catherine Lewis Hume; sister, Rozanne Edmondson; 6 children and their spouses, and five grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date in New York City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local arts organization of one’s choice.

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  • February 23, 2015
    marian h hills says:
    David was a greatly valued member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. His vision contributed to major initiatives of the Symphony's outreach as a cultural resource in the Cape Fear Region. Please accept my sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time....Sincerely, Marian H. Hills, President, Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.

  • February 23, 2015
    Kathy and Meyer says:
    Dear Cathy and family, We celebrate the years that David was here in Wilmington, actively involved with musical organizations and promoting opportunities for young music students. We are so sorry for your loss and will especially remember David when the WSO Youth Orchestra plays. Kathy and Clint Meyer

  • February 20, 2015
    Mary Neagle Smith says:
    Dear Cathy and all Thinking of a Thomas Merton quote,"Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul." As a man, as a Headmaster, David planted much good in many souls. He had a sharp mind, a quick wit and a twinkle in his eye. He will be remembered with a smile and a prayer. Fondly Mary

  • February 21, 2015
    Edith J. De Grammont says:
    Cathy, May the Lord continue to bless you and your family for the sake of David to whom He has just given eternal peace.