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David P. Prasse, PhD

October 14, 1946 ~ December 23, 2017 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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A candle was lit by Michele Erlich Persten on January 2, 2020 9:08 PM
Message from Peg Richter
July 10, 2018 7:54 PM

January 02, 2018
Dr. Prasse was an honorable and loving man who I was privileged to work for and know as a friend. My heart is broken. My love goes out to Carol and her daughters during this time. Peg Richter
Peg Richter, Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Message from Amy LeGrand Bilow
July 10, 2018 7:52 PM

May 22, 2018
I was a grad student of Dr. Prasse and first met him around 2004. He was my advisor and helped me navigate my way through grad school and some difficulties in my life. He was a wonderful professor and counselor. I think of him often and I am sad to learn of his passing. I shared the news with others who had him as a professor as well and everyone is heartbroken. Dr. Prasse touched so many of our lives in such a positive way. Our hearts go out to his family.
Amy LeGrand Bilow, Chicago, Illinois
Message from Nancy Dearhammer Claxton, Ed.D., International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent, Geneva, Switzerland
April 30, 2018 3:13 PM

David was my dissertation chair and the first to tell me, 'Congratulations, Dr. Dearhammer..." upon completion of my defense. He taught me so much - not only about educational leadership - but about managing the intricacies of juggling grad school with running a school and making sure the students had what they needed. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, but I know that his work lives on in every single student that was positively affected by the teachers and ed psychologists taught by David over the years. That's a LOT of kids. He certainly made the world a richer place.
Message from Joanna Goodson
April 9, 2018 8:09 PM

What a wonderful man David was. David was my boss and friend at Loyola from 1999 to 2005 when I left. I am at a true loss for words upon hearing of his departure from this earth. I am sure that he is looking down upon his family and smiling because that is what he did while on earth. Rest, David -- now you can run every morning forever!
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A candle was lit by Joanna Goodson on April 9, 2018 8:06 PM
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A candle was lit by Candace McMillan on January 13, 2018 9:04 AM
Message from Angie Vaca
January 11, 2018 12:23 PM

Weren't we all simply so lucky to have such an extraordinary human being in our lives? David, "El Jefe" was and is the best mentor that anyone could have. His teaching, his words will follow me until I get to see hm again.

Jefe, I can never express how grateful I am for your leadership.

To the Prasse Women...Every time he spoke about you, his face would simply light up.
My heart goes out to all of you.

Angelica Vaca
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A candle was lit by Angie Vaca on January 11, 2018 12:17 PM
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A candle was lit by Pam Costas on January 7, 2018 4:06 PM
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A candle was lit by Joseph Filipiak on January 5, 2018 9:47 AM
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A candle was lit by Emily Mullin on January 3, 2018 5:04 PM
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A candle was lit by Eniko Racz on January 3, 2018 3:29 PM
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We are deeply saddened by the news of David Prasse's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dean Shane Martin and the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University

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A candle was lit by Marianne Wolfe on January 3, 2018 8:44 AM
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We send our deepest condolences for your loss and hope you are surrounded with love during this time. Sarai, Ryan, and Thomas Demien

Message from Bob Knoff and Diane Hedrick
January 2, 2018 6:07 PM

Bob and Diane wanted to share this poem that expresses our sorrow at David's loss so beautifully:

‘Tis a fearful thing
to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing
to love, to hope, to dream, to be –
to be,
And oh, to lose.
A thing for fools, this,
And a holy thing,
a holy thing
to love.
For your life has lived in me,
your laugh once lifted me,
your word was gift to me.

To remember this brings painful joy.

‘Tis a human thing, love,
a holy thing, to love
what death has touched.”

― Yehuda HaLevi
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A candle was lit by Sarai, Ryan and Thomas Demien on January 2, 2018 5:37 PM
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A candle was lit by Asha Done on January 2, 2018 4:08 PM
Message from Micki Ansted
January 2, 2018 3:11 PM

My deepest condolences on the loss of David. He was a wonderful, caring person who was a delight to work with. Rest in Peace David. You earned it! You will be missed.
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A candle was lit by Magdalena Cabral on January 2, 2018 2:17 PM
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A candle was lit by A. Susan Clarke on January 2, 2018 11:29 AM
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A candle was lit by Cheryl Mahon on January 2, 2018 9:51 AM
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A candle was lit by Kathryn Jackson on January 1, 2018 9:55 PM
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A Rays of Summer Sunshine was sent on December 31, 2017

Dear Carol, We were so sorry to learn of Davids passing. He was an exceptional person and a great colleague, friend and mentor to me. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With our deepest sympathies, Isiaah Crawford (& Kent Korneisel)

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A candle was lit by Gina Lopez on December 30, 2017 6:43 PM
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A candle was lit by David Lewandowski on December 30, 2017 11:14 AM
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A candle was lit by Lynne Golomb on December 30, 2017 6:41 AM
Message from Dave Barnett
December 30, 2017 5:42 AM

David was a wonderful friend while we were doctoral students at ISU in the early 1970s. We shared only two years but the memories are big, and his smile and warmth was always a part of seeing Dave over the years. I remember Dave as a terrific and caring person with an incredible memory. Dave was scholar and innovative leader in school psychology whose influence I felt, and was very fortunate to be able to collaborate with him several times. Dave is missed.

Message from Robert D Clark
December 29, 2017 8:32 PM

To David's family and the professional colleagues who knew and respected him, I offer my deepest condolences. David and I met early in our School Psychology careers and paralleled each other in many ways. As Vietnam Veterans and school psychologists we shared many intense and sometimes heated conversations at professional conferences and in many informal sessions. He never tired of advocating for his profession but he reserved his broadest smiles and most engaging comments for his family, gloating especially on his daughters. Though sometimes several years would pass between meetings, he never forgot personal details and followed up on conversations as if they'd taken place the day before. I know he will be missed mostly by his family. The profession has lost a vigorous and outspoken advocate. His will be big shoes to fill.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Michael and Sherry Kaufman

Message from Gary Stoner, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
December 29, 2017 4:27 PM

I was saddened to hear this week of Dave's passing. What a warm, caring, thoughtful and knowledgeable person and colleague. He will be greatly missed by the fields of school psychology and special education. My sincere condolences to his family.
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A candle was lit by John Frendreis on December 29, 2017 11:33 AM
Message from Janet Graden, PhD, University of Cincinnati
December 29, 2017 10:53 AM

I am stunned and heartbroken to hear of Dave’s passing, and my heart goes out to his family and colleagues. I was extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Dave on a number of projects, and I consider him to be among the finest leaders and thinkers in school psychology, a wise counselor to so many, and just one of the nicest, funniest, and most caring individuals I know. He will be greatly missed in our profession, yet he leaves a legacy of great work and impact on others.
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David was a friend and a great man! My Condolences to the Prasse Family. Bill Laird, retired Loyola CFO

Message from Richard S. Harley, Ph.D.
December 29, 2017 9:07 AM

David was one of the most caring, sincere, kind, honest, individuals I have had the honor of working with. He was very dedicated to his chosen field. He was very supportive and helpful towards minority students encouraging them to achieve to their fullest potential. I will forever beg restful for his guidance, his wisdom, his encouragement, and support. He was truly a unique human being.!i will truly miss David.
Message from Randy Welniak
December 29, 2017 7:50 AM

Dave was my teacher, mentor and friend. He was instrumental in placing me on a path to a career that has lasted 40+ yrs. He will be missed. Carol and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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A candle was lit by Martie Wynne on December 28, 2017 8:48 PM
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A candle was lit by Katherine K. Walts on December 28, 2017 8:47 PM
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A candle was lit by Lara Smetana on December 28, 2017 4:43 PM
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A candle was lit by Rhonda Armistead on December 28, 2017 4:06 PM
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A candle was lit by Gregory Moy on December 28, 2017 1:29 PM
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A candle was lit by Sharon Smith on December 28, 2017 1:26 PM
Message from Michael B. Brown
December 28, 2017 1:23 PM

David was a gem. He was a leader in the field who helped change the direction of service provision in schools. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends and his colleagues at Loyola.

Michael B. Brown, PhD
Professor Emeritus
East Carolina University
Message from NC State
December 28, 2017 6:24 PM

David was one of the most compassionate, ethical, and committed colleagues--no, people--I've ever known. It was an honor to call him a colleague, and a privilege to call him a friend. I will miss him very, very much.

Jeff Braden
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A candle was lit by John Kelly, Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 12:45 PM
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A candle was lit by Mark Swerdlik on December 28, 2017 12:29 PM
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A candle was lit by Michelle Fry on December 28, 2017 11:49 AM
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A candle was lit by Steve Brown on December 28, 2017 11:37 AM
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A candle was lit by Pam Fenning on December 28, 2017 11:35 AM
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A candle was lit by Andrew Campbell on December 28, 2017 8:50 AM
Message from Mary-Beth Fafard, Ph.D.
December 28, 2017 6:32 AM

David was a wonderful colleague when I started at UWM in the College of Education in special education. He was incredibly knowledgeable about special education law and I learned a lot from him. He was funny and supportive. My deepest sympathies to Carol, his daughters, granddaughters, and extended family.
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A candle was lit by Mary-Beth Fafard, Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 6:28 AM
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A candle was lit by Valerie Collier on December 28, 2017 4:59 AM
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A candle was lit by Susan Gorin, ED, Natl. Assoc. of School Psychologists (NASP) on December 27, 2017 3:40 PM
Message from Peggy Fong Bloom
December 27, 2017 2:33 PM

It was a lucky day for me and the Loyola University School of Education when David accepted my offer to be a department chair. David and I had a close bond and friendship rarely found in any work setting. Born two days before me in Northeastern Ohio in 1946 we joked we were twins separated at birth. We shared weddings, graduations, and birthdays. I hate using the past tense to talk about my vibrant, funny friend! My love to Carol, his fantastic daughters, and granddaughters in this time of loss. Peggy
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A candle was lit by Anita Thomas on December 27, 2017 12:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Sue Koch on December 27, 2017 9:41 AM
Message from George Mitchell
December 27, 2017 8:17 AM

David, in his role as a psychologist, was instrumental in helping me address depression. Not an exaggeration to say that he saved me. What a great guy. My deepest sympathy to his strong, wonderful wife and four fine daughters.
Message from Graduate School of Education, Fordham Universiity
December 27, 2017 8:08 AM

Our deepest sympathies for the family, friends, and Loyola colleagues of Dr. Prasse. A great loss of an Ignatian colleague and superb educator.
Message from Dan Olympia, University of Utah
December 29, 2017 5:15 PM

I had the great pleasure of first meeting Dave in the early 90’s and really enjoyed staying in touch with him over the years. He never missed an opportunity to talk about his family and his running times, and it was obvious he took great delight in both. To his family, friends and colleagues, I am so sorry for your loss.
Message from Mary Tutkowski
December 27, 2017 7:57 AM

A life well-lived. Sending you my deepest sympathy.
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A candle was lit by Joanna Pappas on December 26, 2017 6:00 PM
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