Celebrating the life of David Swope
Statement by President Belinda S. Miles on the passing of David Swope
I am saddened to share the news that our dear friend and colleague David Swope has passed away.
As a lifetime resident of Westchester County, David was much beloved and universally respected by the community. After a successful legal career in New York City, he returned home to be involved in his own businesses: Teatown Lake Reservation and Club Fit. He was active in many community organizations and served on the boards of Jacob Burns Film Center, Ossining Children’s Center, and Katonah Museum of Art. He served as Westchester Community College Trustee since 2011 and served as the Chair of the Board from 2013 to 2016. He served on the Westchester Community College Foundation Board as Director since 2001, President and Chairman from 2005 to 2013, and Co-Chair of its highly successful Gateway Campaign. David’s family is a longtime benefactor of the college and driving force in the development of the Foundation, which has been profound in support of student success.
I cannot capture in this message everything that David contributed to the college and the deep impact he had on the lives of our students and employees. He will be remembered not only for his achievements as a businessperson and monumental contributions as a community leader and philanthropist, but also for the standard he set for how to treat people. He was approachable, kind, and was always listening for ways to make the community better for everyone. There is much more that needs to be said to honor David’s memory. We will share further details on an appropriate tribute when they are announced.
Please keep David’s family in your thoughts and prayers.