David Alan Luce: Born 1936. David was the son of Grace and Paul Luce. Grace Luce was of 1/2 Welsh, and of 1/2 German descent. Paul was the son of Henry Mosher Luce and MInnie Ginevra Goyings. If you know the origin of the names
David Alan Luce
  • 80 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 4, 1936
  • Place of birth:
    Youngstown, Ohio, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 15, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Clarence Center, New York, United States
David was a loving spouse and father, a brilliant physicist and inventor, and a kind and humorous human being. We will remember him forever.

Please contribute tributes to David on this page below, or longer stories and/or photos under the Stories tab. And please visit the photo gallery for a visual celebration of David's long and wonderful life.

Condolences or related inquires can also be emailed to david.luce.memorial@gmail.com.

Persons interested in attending a Memorial Celebration for David (date and location TBD) 
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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by David Biggins on 25th April 2017

"My first AAO was 1988 in Vegas, I flew in from London and headed straight to the hotel hot tub to meet my Reichert colleagues. We were sitting around the tub drinking beers except for one person who was just spinning around in the tub and blowing bubbles, eventually I asked is he with us? Oh yes was the reply, that is Dave Luce, our new R&D Director. So began a 25 year career working with Dave, one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. As others have said, Dave would take the time to explain things in a way that "others" could understand, it was never to much trouble for him.  It was always a pleasure to travel with Dave and listen to his stories, we have lost a great man with a wonderful sense of humour and zest for life. God's Speed Dave you are missed by so many."

This tribute was added by Ron Juhre on 23rd April 2017

"So many fond memories of the times we spent with David. Play racquetball at 6 AM before going to work at Moog.  A 28 day National Lampoon's minivan trip out west with Dave and Mary Jane. Our many trips to the cabin in Vermont. Cross country and downhill ski adventures. Many Christmases  spent with the Luce family. These are memories that we will cherish forever. And most of all being a true friend. Thanks Dave."

This tribute was added by Pyra Hannah on 22nd April 2017

"Dave Luce was one of my late father's best friends. They played tennis all summer until the Luce family moved to NY State. Dave and my composer father worked tirelessly on not only the prototype Moog synthesizer but on orchestral instrument sampling. I followed along with all this research and in 1973 during my college summer vacation I worked for Dave at the Moog synthesizer factory in the Buffalo area. Dave did amazing things developing the synthesizers and he should be credited as an essential founder of the electronic music culture that revolutionized music all over the world."

This tribute was added by John Burgess on 22nd April 2017

"I worked with Dave for about six years. I called him our "Royal Smart Person", which I cribbed from Sesame Street. If there was something I did not understand, or needed to learn, I would go to Dave to get my answers. He never disappointed me. After many years of struggles at Reichert we were able to create an environment that enabled Dave to release his creativeness, and from that came the ORA and a body of work that has been peer reviewed and embraced by a demanding profession. A visit to Dave's lab was always a delight, and it was part of my daily routine. He was always patient with his explanations, and listened to most of my ideas except the one regarding not wearing sandles on business trips( and I deliberately use the word trips).
I admired Dave for what he knew, I loved him for his intellectual honesty. We have lost a friend, a talent, a truly good man, but we will never forget him. Go in peace Dave."

This tribute was added by Chris Burfoot on 20th April 2017

"To The Luce Family,

My family and I send our deepest condolences and are saddened to hear of your loss.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to work with Dave and Mary Jane to build the addition to the cabin on top of Roxbury Mountain in VT. Dave always had a keen interest in all facets of the building process. I did not know Dave when we started the construction project, but as time went on and I got to know him, I realized what an interesting and very bright man he was. I enjoyed all our construction strategy sessions and our many in-depth conversations on all kinds of subjects. I will always value the time I spent with Dave.

Sending lots of love to you all,
Chris Burfoot, Warren, VT"

This tribute was added by Sherry Walker on 19th April 2017

"This is for Maryjane, Ben, Tina, and Andrea...  I have such fond memories of Maryjane and Dave.  We used to go camping together when our husbands were at MIT.  My husband and Dave eventually got their PhD's and we moved off to Texas and they moved off to New York.  We have kept in touch all these years, not closely in touch, but it really didn't matter.  We would just take up where we left off the last time we talked.  Dave will be so missed by his family and friends.  My heart is breaking."

This tribute was added by Ben Luce on 19th April 2017

"From Wendy Carlos:

Thank you, Ben, for sharing thoughts, info about your dad. I keep thinking of Dave, a hero in EAMusic, other sci/tech worlds. This hurts. My intersections with your dear dad were during ’74-'84 (before his breakthroughs in corneal physics/treatment). He was brilliant, open, amusing, f2f or phone, generous with expertise and time. We enjoyed spirited, often deep discussions, some speculating about the future. Certainly will never forget him, and send my empathy to you all.

—Wendy Carlos"

This tribute was added by Chuck White on 18th April 2017

"Sorry for you and your family's loss. Dave hired me from Chicago in 1981 and I worked at Moog in various capacities until 1985 or 1986 when I went to work for Reichert Ophthalmic. Dave was later hired as VP of Engineering so I worked for him once again. I can't think of a boss for whom I had more respect. He was very supportive, and mentored me and many other engineers with kindness and of course extreme intelligence.  I know I owe much of my career success to him."

This tribute was added by Ted Garway-Heath on 18th April 2017

"It was with sadness that I learned of your father’s passing. I have very fond memories of working with him and the Reichert team in the early days of the Ocular Response Analyzer.
Your father was what we’d affectionately call in the UK an archetypal ‘boffin’ – someone who spent days and nights inventing things. He was a true scientist who contributed to the well-being of society both through his innovations in eye diagnostic technology and also through his contributions to the world of music. A true Renaissance man! I will remember him as a man with a kindly disposition and a great sense of humour.
I regret that I’ll be unable to join your celebration of his life, being on the other side of the pond, but will think of him and will raise a glass in gratitude for his contributions.

David (Ted) Garway-Heath, Moorfields Eye Hospital"

This tribute was added by Aachal Kotecha on 17th April 2017

"To the Luce family

I would like to offer my deepest condolences for the passing of David.

I first met David around 2003 when I was doing a post-doctorate at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, undertaking some experiments and validation of his device, the Ocular Response Analyser.

I know how talented and intelligent David was, and he was such a genuinely lovely man - a true gentleman, very kind, very gentle. And so humble, despite all his achievements. I enjoyed speaking with him - he was so approachable, so encouraging and open. He is a loss to the ophthalmology community as well as his family and friends.

I wish you all the strength and support to see this time through. Know that there are many across the globe who are sending their love and good wishes to you all at this difficult time.

With love"

This tribute was added by David Guyton on 16th April 2017

"Dave Luce was quite remarkable, and I admired him greatly.  Reichert really did provide a great family for him, from everything that I witnessed. I experienced a good deal of that warm camaraderie myself in the decade or two before.  I wish that I had had all the more opportunity to work with him.
We shall all miss him.  
/ David Guyton, MD / The Wilmer Eye Institute / Johns Hopkins Univ."

This tribute was added by Jay Pepose on 16th April 2017

"It was with great sadness that I learned of Dave's passing. It was a privilege to have gotten to know him and work with him as he introduced the ocular response analyzer to ophthalmology. While Dave's knowledge base was a mile wide, it didn't take long to realize that it was also a mile deep. Yet this brilliant individual was self-deprecating, humble, respectful, and tempered by a great sense of humor. He encouraged dialogue and his science was truth driven and devoid of ego-- he enjoyed having his hypotheses challenged, particularly when the questions led to further research and discovery. I will miss him and that twinkle in his eye when he would greet me, always with a smile. He will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to his family at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Gabriel Martin on 16th April 2017

"Dear Ben,

I have had the honor of working with your father for the last 14 years of my life. We shared and enjoyed endless conversations about corneal biomechanics and other physics topics. Dave was a brilliant person and he had a generosity that is not easy to find out there. Moreover, his contribution to the ophthalmology field has been enormous.

Dave used to talk about you and your sisters with a contagious pride. His passing through life has not been in vain.

Reichert will not be the same without him. The times to come are hard. Not having his valuable opinion will be a disadvantage that will not be easy to overcome.

I'm going to miss him deeply. But I keep in my mind the moments we shared together, and I keep the pride of having met him.

My condolences to Maryjane, Tina, Andrea, and you (his nonlinear boy). And my best wishes for the future of Luce family."


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