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David F Nyman

September 3, 1937 ~ January 16, 2022 (age 84)


David Franklin Nyman, 84, of Wheaton, IL, passed away unexpectedly on January 16, 2022 in Naples, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister (age 5) and a brother (stillborn). David was born September 3, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Gustav and Erma (Burrell) Nyman.  He allegedly was the second newborn infant in the United States to have a complete blood exchange to overcome the effects of his parent’s incompatible Rh factors. Dave is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane J Leatherman, his daughters, Erica Wallenbrock (Judd) and Betsy Bruns, and son, D. Franklin (Kira), as well as ten grandchildren. Dave graduated from North Royalton High School in Ohio in 1955 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. His career began with the Marathon Oil Company as an electronic data processing engineer in Findlay, Ohio where he worked with some of the earliest computers. Later, Dave held a faculty position in the Systems Analysis Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, one of the first U.S. institutions to offer an undergraduate degree in computing. While there, he co-authored a textbook that was published by Prentice Hall and held a NASA-IEEE Summer Faculty position at Goddard Space Center. Subsequently, Dave joined the staff of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. He served as the state’s representative to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and wrote several articles on computing in higher education. Dave’s last profession was in the consulting division of Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte) as a partner and then Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Since retirement in 2003, Dave divided his time between Illinois and Florida. He enjoyed traveling internationally with Jane throughout their marriage and was also extremely proud of visiting all 50 states in America, a life-long ambition. Dave was active in his grandkids’ lives and was happy to joke with them or offer advice. David was a cherished husband, a devoted and loving father and grandfather, a loyal friend, and an intelligent man. A Celebration of Life will be held in the future. Per his wishes, any memorials may be made to the Lawrence J. Prince Memorial Scholarship at Miami University (givetomiamioh.org/give), the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation (dupagemuseum.kindful.com) or First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton (firstpreswheaton.org/giving).

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