FORT WAYNE—One of the region’s most dedicated and outspoken warriors for peace and justice crossed over recently.
David “Dave” Lambert, 79, died peacefully on Sunday, July 20, 2014, with his family by his side. Dave loved his wife, his two children, Bill and Mary, the outdoors, good jazz, and a good joke.
A graduate of South Side High School, Indiana Tech, and University of Saint Francis, he worked as a telegraph operator, then as a civil engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad in Fort Wayne, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. He also worked as an engineer with General Telephone of Indiana (now Frontier) before receiving his graduate degree.
His passion was peace activism and community organizing. He directed the Youth Services Bureau of Allen County and the Street Outreach Program, where he organized ten neighborhood associations in the South-Central area of Fort Wayne. He retired as a home-based therapist with Family & Children’s Services (now Headwaters Counseling) in 1999.
Dave was a Korean War veteran, and a state organizer for Veterans for Peace, and a member of Military Families Speak Out, as well as local organizer for Fort Wayne Peace Action. He was a volunteer producer for Access TV, having produced more than 200 Fort Wayne Peace Action shows. He believed deeply in peace, and worked diligently to promote it in a variety of ways.
Active in his church, Dave was choir director and an elder with Westfield Presbyterian Church, and sang in the Philharmonic Choir. He was in a number of plays at Civic and First Presbyterian Theaters, the most recent playing Norman Thayer in “On Golden Pond.” He was a Friend of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and chair of their Peace & Justice Committee.
Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Betty; a son, William; a daughter, Mary (Passino); a sister, Eleanor (McNutt) of Rochester, Minn., a granddaughter; three grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Grace Lambert; and brothers, William and Bob (Frank).
A private graveside service was held at Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorials to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, 3020 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. Arrangements were by Advantage Funeral & Cremation Service.