So sorry to hear of Dave's passing and my condolences to his family.
Dave was a true expert in his field and dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, not necessarily knowing where his research may lead. An example of the adage 'learn everything about something, and something about everything'.
More than that, he was a kind and generous man, acknowledging the contributions and loyalty of others. He was particularly good to me when I first moved to Bristol. I was fortunate to have him as my PhD supervisor (I was his first student), and he helped and guided me throughout my career.
A sad day
November 11th, 2021
I met Dave when he gave a lecture on blood groups to the evening class I attended as part of my training in Veterinary haematology. His relaxed but accurate communication style, obvious intelligence & sense of humour convinced me that here was a guy that I wanted to work with. I qualified, then applied to the National Blood Transfusion Service in Bristol for a lab technician post. Refusing offers of promotion in other labs, eventually the offer I wanted – to work in the research lab of Dr David Anstee – was made. Dave was very generous & steered me through the tricky process of MPhil. & then PhD. researching the use of monoclonal antibodies to characterise red blood cell membranes. Dave was very fond of the quotation “To solve difficult scientific problems – many bring rakes but few bring shovels”. It’s possible that in our time of funding shortages & caution regarding ethical issues; one lifetime of scientific investigation (however brilliant) might not be sufficient to adequately address some human problems, so Dave has passed the baton to the next generation of researchers that he encouraged & nurtured.
Rest in peace now, old friend.
Jas & Steve Parsons
November 10th, 2021
My first encounter with Dave, Prof. Anstee: ISBT 1998, the impressive setting of the Oslo City Hall: Bill Flegel and Franz Wagner presented that day about weak D. There was quite a bit of skepticism, but not in Dave's mind. I was lucky enough to be allowed in the discussion between Bill, Franz, Geoff and Dave. The best boost for my passion for IH, I ever experienced. Thanks Dave.
November 9th, 2021