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David Charles Lindberg

November 15, 1935 January 6, 2015
David  Charles Lindberg
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Obituary for David Charles Lindberg

MADISON-David Lindberg, aged 79, died at Covenant Oaks Memory Care on January 6, 2015, after a long, arduous journey with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Minneapolis, MN, on November 15, 1935, to Milton and Elizabeth (MacKinney) Lindberg. Dave is survived by his wife Greta (Johnson), of 55 years; their daughter Christin Lindberg of Minneapolis, their son Erik (Liana) of Milwaukee, and their grandchildren Annie and Dave Buenneke, and Evjen and Isak Lindberg; his sister Grace (Glenn) Johnson; his brother Phillip (Anita); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His degrees include Wheaton College, BA-Physics; Northwestern University, MS-Physics; and a PhD from Indiana University in the History and Philosophy of Science. After teaching for two years at the University of Michigan, Dave joined the UW in 1967 as a professor in the History of Science department, where he spent the rest of his career until he retired in 2001. During his career he received many writing, teaching, and service awards; lectured frequently in the U.S. and abroad; edited encyclopedic works; and authored many articles and books on medieval history, and science and religion, including “Beginnings of Western Science,” which has been translated into seven languages. He was devoted to his colleagues, department, and the UW, also teaching in the Integrated Liberal Studies program, and serving as director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities. He most loved teaching undergraduates and working individually with graduate students. Dave was also a member of the History of Science Society, serving as its president. He spent a year with his family at the Institute for Advanced Studies, in Princeton, and another as a member of St. Edmund Hall and Trinity College in Oxford. He was also a Fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. Dave was a caring, loving husband and father. With his wife, he created a loud and lively home, filled with humor, books, discussions, and ideas. He taught his children to work with their hands as well as their heads, starting Lindberg & Son Roofing. Dave was known as a defender of correct grammar, builder of fine cherry furniture, planter of trees, collector of books, and lover of volleyball, football, fine tools and family camping trips. In thankfulness to the following organizations for their assistance and care in our journey with Alzheimer’s disease, we ask you to direct contributions to Agrace HospiceCare, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, or Covenant Memory Center c/o Oakwood Foundation. The family is planning a celebration of life in the spring.
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Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Avenue


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