In Memory of David Segal

In Memory of David Segal


Stories, memories and discussions


David Segal was born in the Bronx and died in Colorado. He was known for his wit, good cheer, dubious jokes, and often confrontational politics.


He grew up mostly in Germany where his father was a career soldier, and returned to the States in time to graduate in Widefield,Colorado. He left the University of Colorado to join the Israeli army, where he saw combat on the Suez Canal, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. After a brief interlude in the States, Segal fought in the Sinai during the Yom Kippur war.


A voracious reader of military history, Segal had an almost photographic memory for the details of battles and campaigns. His inter ests extended into current affairs, and he closely followed state and national politics as well as events in the Middle East. During the 1980's, he wrote a number of articles on Middle Eastern military affairs, including one in the Journal of Foreign Affairs predicting the end of the Iran-Iraq War. He wrote one of the first accounts in English revealing that Iraq had used poison gas in its war with Iran, and an early discussion of Iranís nuclear bomb project.

Segal helped found the Colorado branch of the Libertarian Party. He frequently organized and spoke at demonstrations for civil liberties and the Bill of Rights. He was the partyís candidate for U.S. Senate in 1998, attracting more votes than any other minor party candidate (with, as he was fond of boasting, ďa FRACTION of their money!Ē). Segal was attracted to Libertarianism by concern over the erosion of civil liberties and personal privacy by the government, but following the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001, he became disenchanted with the party over its apparent isolationism, and changed his registration to Republican.


Although a fierce defender of individual rights, Segal believed equally fiercely in the moral necessity of participating in the affairs of the community. He took his responsibilities as a free man and as a citizen of a free country equally seriously. Aside from speaking and writing on national and global affairs, in his later years Segal also had a strong interest in K through 12 education. He was a vigorous advocate for gifted and talented education programs in Denver, and was working towards curriculum reforms to benefit all students.

Segal was killed as he attempted to remove some debris from under his car, which had become stuck in a mountain driveway as he was delivering pizza. The vehicle slipped and pinned him beneath it.

His insight, perpetual good humor and companionship are sorely missed by many who knew him.


Thanks to Paul Danish, unwitting content provider, whose obituary formed the basis for this page.