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.

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Persons interested in attending a Memorial Celebration for David (date and location TBD) 
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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Joe Zelvin on 16th October 2017

"I will always miss the humor side of Dave and glad to have it when studying a serious problem in ophthalmology which was my adopted field."

This tribute was added by Julie Wallin on 8th August 2017

"Andrea, Ben, Tina & Mary Jane (fondly, my 2nd mom in high school)
I am so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing, and reading these tributes warmed my heart with memories of Dave & the wonderful Luce family.  You always opened your doors and arms to me growing up, and I am so grateful. Dave took me (all of us) on the first backpacking trip that I ever went on (in VT – remember?), which I’ll never forget.  The pictures were wonderful – thank you for sharing! I only shared in the warmth of your family & Dave’s love for you all for a short time, but it was truly a gift."

This tribute was added by Chuck White on 4th August 2017

"Pyra's comment on Dave liking pizza reminded me of a lunch I had with Dave and several coworkers. We had some rolls on the table and Dave commented how microwaving bread polymerizes it, basically turning it into plastic. I agree with him to this day and never microwave bread, even if technically it isn't true. The effect is the same. :)"

This tribute was added by Pyra Hannah on 4th August 2017

"Dave loved the good things of life especially food. He would eat pizza after midnight! He lived the artist's life despite not being a musical performer himself. He had all sorts of musical contraptions including an authentic crank-up gramophone from the early 20th century. I will never forget my summer in the Luce household."

This tribute was added by Joe Zelvin on 26th July 2017

"Dave was the greatest boss I could have conceived.  He was kind, generous, and understanding and a great Teacher."

This tribute was added by Michael Patterson on 6th June 2017

"Sharon and I been friends with Dave and Mary Jane for nearly thirty years. We live a few blocks away in Clarence Center and have spent many evenings with them playing Contract Bridge. We also know Ben, Tina, and Andrea from their holiday visits.                                         Beginning in 1960 Dave and Mary Jane played key roles in the Clarence Concert Association that provides outdoor summer orchestra concerts by professional musicians. Dave acted as the sound engineer and Mary Jane as Treasurer. In 1997 Dave recruited me to increase donations from concert attendees and the Clarence Town Board.                                                                  
Sharon and I especially enjoyed speaking with Dave about the scientific principles he applied when developing the Moog synthesizer and more recently his development of the Ocular Response Analyzer. We miss hearing about his new ideas and observing him develop his strategy for a difficult Bridge Contract.                                                                   Dave was a very special friend and these fond memories will always be with us. Sharon and I hope to continue spending time with Mary Jane and hearing about Ben, Tina, Andrea, and their spouses and children."

This tribute was added by Skip Mahler on 6th June 2017

"I can recall spending countless days at MOOG music many years ago.He  welcomed me to the company and showed me everything about synthesizes that one could learn.  I was allowed to use every synthesizer they made,  including prototypes. When I was at a local gig in the Buffalo area, if I had a problem with a synthesizer, he would come over that evening and work on it with me at the gate. When I was on the road if I needed service, he would open the factory up on a Sunday and spend the day with me there. I will never forget his generosity or friendship."

This tribute was added by Christine Dragoo on 1st June 2017

"I very much enjoyed viewing all the family photos.All the good memories eases the pain of ones loss.I still occasionally go through the cards and notes I received after Fran passed and it makes me feel better.I have personally benefited from Uncle Dave's work developing tools to diagnose glaucoma.I know how hard it is to loose a loved one and my thoughts are with you all at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by David Taylor on 20th May 2017

"It's taken me a while to write this because it is nearly impossible to summarize the impact that David Luce (Dave) had on my life.  I had the pleasure and honor of working with Dr. Luce at Reichert for the past 17 years.  In that time he became more than a colleague to me, he became a mentor and a dear friend.  As a 27 year old rookie, I began working with Dr. Luce on his greatest invention: the Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA). At that time, Dave was 65 and he was probably thinking about retirement. I am sure the last thing on his mind was teaching a young marketing kid about physics and science.  But I had to write a video script to help explain his new invention, and so our relationship began.  During the coming years, we spent countless hours together: In his office, at trade shows, at dinners, and traveling around the world together - educating anyone who would listen about Dave's invention.  With each successive conversation, over dinner or on a trip, I became more and more aware that I was in the presence of true genius - and in the presence of a great human being. Together we rode the ups and downs of launching a product and convincing the world of its importance.  The path to success is never a straight line and I admired Dave's determination and resilience every time things looked bleak.  He taught me, though his actions and ways, how to persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds (...he taught me so much more than that).  Ultimately the product, now in its 3rd generation, became a success. Now, it is very difficult for me to comprehend that we are in the post-Luce era of Reichert.  I enjoyed every visit to his office, every dinner conversation, every trip, and every phone call.  I am blessed and honored to have met Dave.  I can confidently say that he has had a bigger impact on my life than perhaps anyone I have ever met.  I love him dearly, I will always be grateful for everything he taught me, for the career his genius has given me, and for the friendship that I think of every day."

This tribute was added by Joe Zelvin on 11th May 2017

"I worked for Dave for several years as a consultant, and after that was proud to call him a friend. He was the epitome of a great boss. He trusted me to develop ideas that were not in my accustomed field, which helped me to grow professionally. After my stint with Reichert (Leica) we remained friends and visited with our wives a number of times. Dave was always upbeat and had a great sense of humor always at the ready. I will miss him as a great friend."

This tribute was added by Sharon Patterson on 6th May 2017

"Hi Mary Jane and Ben , Tina and Andrea,

I have listened to your memorial almost daily. The music is wonderful and the memories and pictures perfect. These few minutes each time I listen and watch, give great comfort to Mike and I in having known all of you. Much Love from us."

This tribute was added by Ben Luce on 1st May 2017

"As posted on a different site:

Mrs. Luce and family. I know we are only your tenants, but Taylor and the kids and myself thought of you all as family. Our hearts are completely broken as we lost the sweetest man we have ever known. Please just always remember that " Heaven was needing a hero" and today God chose him. He is a lucky man. If you get a chance please listen to "Heaven was needing a hero" it is by Reba Mcentire. We are going to miss Dave dearly and you all when we move out of here. We thought this was our forever home. If you need anything please let us know. Just think. He isn't suffering any more. He is an angel of God. ~Fly High Dave~
~
Lori Arne and Aiden Arne Taylor Walter and Austin Arne Walter"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Handelman on 1st May 2017

"For Maryjane,
The good times, shared wine, major decisions, BU,Harvard,MIT,anacoic chambers, Clarence Center, Vermont, Chicago,Evanston, first kids at the same time; a lifetime of events spread out over the years, In touch , not in touch but always with you. Dave will be missed but always rememberd. Love, Phyllis& Chet"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Handelman on 1st May 2017

"For Maryjane,
Shared w one, great talks,  BU, Harvard, MIT"

This tribute was added by Jack Levert on 27th April 2017

"Dear Maryjane,
My mother, Cindy and I are all deeply saddened by Dave's death.
My mother and father considered you and Dave very close friends and enjoyed everything from tennis dates in Natick to ski vacations in Vermont to theatric to Europe you all took together, My father enjoyed Dave's company very much, in particular his enormous range of interests his sense of humor, and his great good spirits.
Cindy and I remember, too, the times we spent with you and Dave at the cabin. (My parents met Cindy, my future wife, for the first time when she and I came up from NY to the cabin, where you and my parents were spending the weekend together, and we all helped shingle the roof.
And then, still a long time ago- perhaps 1970?- Dave told me where the key was hidden and invited us to stay at the cabin any time. I remember going there one winter weekend without telling you and remember the graciousness you both showed when you yourselves came the next day and discovered us there. That was before there was heat or indoor plumbing, and the four of us had a lovely time. There are many other memories, of evenings drinking and talking, always lively, always interesting, always full of good spirits.
We'll miss Dave. These memories will keep him in our hearts.
Jack LeVert"

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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