Yale '62 - Obituaries - David B. Rollins

David B. Rollins

Born: October 28, 1939
Died: August 12, 1991

David came to Yale from Scarsdale, New York. He prepared for Yale at the Hackley School. He was a member of Davenport College and graduated with his B.A. in 1963 but chose to affiliate with our class.

After Yale, David pursued a career in commercial real estate and finance: in New York City and Rye, Miami from 1972 to 1975, in New Jersey (Short Hills) from 1975 to 1981 where he was involved in the beginning of the real estate department at Goldman Sachs. After 1986 he returned to New York with Cushman and Wakefield where he was a Vice President. He also spent five years in Houston, 1981 to 1986, "until the collapse" of the oil boom. At the time of his death in 1991 David and his family resided in Bronxville, New York.

David was married to Lynn, a 1964 graduate of Randolph Macon, who has a Masters in Psychology from the New School of Social Research. She was a teacher of children with learning disabilities and also a real estate broker. She now works for the State of New York on woman's issues and special projects including the women's history museum and leadership center to be built in Battery Park City. She resides in Manhattan.

David's survivors, in addition to his widow, were a son Greg born in 1973, now married and living in Rye, New York, and a daughter Laura born in 1970 and residing in Portland, Oregon. Lynn writes, "We have two children because Dave said there were only two days in the weekend, one for each child. He coached all their teams and went to all their games . . Dave had a very well defined sense of what he thought was right and passed this along to his children..."

In addition to his children, Dave enjoyed running and singing barbershop, quartet or chorus. "He ran on the streets and in the parks all over the country and completed three New York City marathons," Lynn said.

Lynn remembers meeting Dave for the first time in December 1964: "He was so full of life, he was so funny and he drank so much beer. He was in such a hurry to show me the city, as I was newly arrived. There was no time for him to button his overcoat so it was always getting caught in the door on the other side of the taxi. Our first date we absorbed Christmas in New York and went to the Stork Club. I was so impressed, but actually they were giving out free drinks as they were going out of business."

David's comments in our 25th Reunion Class Book echo Lynn's words: "three New York marathons completed slowly, one great year singing in a barbershop quartet and complete enjoyment of my family."

"He was too young to die but lived almost four years longer than the doctors thought he would," Lynn concluded. "He handled his illness with grace and courage and had me smiling on the very last day of his life. It was a pleasure to be married to a Yale man."