Dr Jeremy David, obituary 

Jeremy's education

Jeremy Hugh Markham David, Obiturary

Born 3 September 1938, died 30 November 2019.

In 1961 after completing his B.A. (Hons) at University College, London, Jeremy set off on the first of his great adventures into Africa: a road trip with friends from London to Nairobi in their 1942 Willys Jeep. Road trips into the African bush, studying mammals and observing nature, were a lasting source of pleasure and delight for him.

Africa ignited Jeremy’s interest in, and passion for, nature and the study of mammals, and he lived here for the rest of his life. He completed his second degree, a B.Sc. Zoology (major), at the University of Cape Town (UCT) after which he obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria. While working as a junior lecturer in UCT’s Zoology department he completed his M.Sc (Zoology), with distinction. He then embarked on a five-year study for his Ph.D, which he completed in 1980. Jeremy was an excellent teacher and mentor of many students during his lectureship at UCT.

After obtaining his doctorate, Jeremy was employed by the Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Marine Mammal section, as the principal marine research scientist. He worked there until he retired in 2004 and began his new career as a freelance editor. He met Lexi, whom he married, at a gathering of editors.

Jeremy was an adventurer, a scientist, an extremely loyal friend, a kind and loving man with a pure heart. He will always be missed by his family, his friends and by Lexi.