David William Foege was born Aug. 18, 1962, in Denver, Colo. He died on Vashon Island April 20, 2007. At age 3, he lived in an African village and began a life-long interest in other cultures. He also attended several years of school in India before graduating from high school in Atlanta, Georgia. His diverse experiences in foreign settings left him with an enduring interest in other countries, politics, nature, history and literature. His natural curiosity continued to entertain his friends and family as he could recount details from history of all periods and grasp the essentials of various philosophies and religions.
Because of his interest in Russian history and literature, he was challenged to learn Russian, and in his characteristic fashion he enrolled in Leningrad State University without knowing Russian. He learned it as he took his course work. While taking graduate work in Russian studies at the University of Washington, he began to question the contributions he would make as he narrowed his areas of interest and decided instead to pursue a teaching certificate with the thought of inspiring others to explore the world of knowledge.
David taught in the Vashon schools for the past 15 years. He found great joy in teaching and especially those moments when a student would understand a subject or would be suddenly inspired to search out, on his or her own, information beyond that required. Countless parents relate stories of a child having difficulties in school who were helped by his non-judgmental approach and encouragement.
His interests included music, writing graphic novels, kayaking, birding and outdoor activities of all types. He remains loved by his wife Jennifer, son Max, daughter Olyana, two brothers, Michael and Robert, and his parents, Paula and Bill.