Dear Sue, Bruce, Steve and families,
I was sad to hear of Dave's passing. I had seen him when I could visit Oaknoll, his sweet nature always present. Shirley and Dave were wonderful friends to me. I will always think of them with appreciation for their kind and generous spirits. Peace, Marie Von Behren
I am so saddened to learn of David’s passing away. My mother lives in The Loft at Oaknoll and I always looked forward to his smiling face and warm greeting every time I visited, which was weekly until Covid hit. I am very glad that I was able to see him on one of my more recent visits. I can still see him playing with my young grandson a couple years ago, batting a balloon to each other, both happy as could be. Such a sweet gentleman that I will truly miss.
Susan, Bruce and Steve I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Dave's passing. Although I was very young at the time, I have memories of all of you visiting Grammy Carew in Monson. The highlight of the visit was always Uncle Dave asking Mom (Aunt Jessie) if I would like to join your family for a day at the Riverside amusement park. This was such a treat for me!!
I remember one story in particular Mom would often repeat to me, it had to do with your father when he was a young boy. It's been 25 years since Mom passed on and I don't quit remember all of the details, but it went like this. After a large snow fall Uncle Dave was shoveling the steps at home in Monson, a prominent man in the Town of Monson walked by and stopped to talk to your Dad. He commented how impressed he was that Uncle Dave shoveled all of the steps from end to end. He told your father that was a sign of a good person and that he would go far in life.
Well that man wasn't wrong and your fathers life was testament to that man's words.
Uncle Dave was a good role model, man, husband, father and the overall type of person we all strive to become.
Ralph Carew Gates
We met David and Shirley Carew when we moved back to Iowa City in 1981 into the HOA at West View Acres. David was EVERYTHING that was said about him in his obituary. What we recall specifically was his interest in the humanity of ‘other’ people and his absolute humility in conversation with him. Few men of his level of achievement have we known who have been so ‘just plain common’ to visit with. Blessings and Condolences to David’s entire family!
My sincere condolences to Steve and Bruce and Susan on the passing of your father. I remember him with fondness, as a friend not only to my parents, but also to me and my siblings. He was a wonderful neighbor, and a kind man. My you have peace with your memories. Fonda Liittschwager Weber
I first met Dr. Carew in 1969 when he was my pre-pharmacy advisor at the U of I. Later as I progressed through the Pharmacy program I had the opportunity to work for him in his lab with the plant tissue cultures. He treated everyone with respect and without a doubt is one of the most decent, generous men I have ever known. My condolences to the family. David will be missed.
Dave and Shirley were so kind and welcoming to Bob and me when he joined the faculty of the College of Pharmacy in 1982. We send our deepest sympathy to his family at this time of great loss.
Dr Carew my teacher and a friend and a story teller always with a big smile in the Halls of the College of Pharmacy.. Best wishes to his family
Oh, Dr. Carew, what an amazing man you were. I had the privilege of working with you for many years at the college before I changed my career path. You helped many young men an women into the field of pharmacy. I have many fond memories of those days. Also, loved the many amazing dinners we had with you and Shirley’s fabulous cooking. My condolences to all the Carew family.
Dr Dave Carew...a positive and inspiring leader who made a significant difference for the UI College of Pharmacy and the profession in Iowa. His legacy can be found in all the professional lives he touched and encouraged. His quiet and collaborative style of leadership contributed much to the growth of student pharmacists and the organizations that represented the pharmacy profession.
I came into the College of Pharmacy in 1961, graduating in 1965. It was the influence of professors like David Carew and Don Witiak that sent me to Ohio State for a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and a career in drug discovery. It was always such a pleasure seeing him on my return visits. He was a true scholar and gentleman, and will be remembered fondly by all that knew him. Richard Effland
As others have said, Dr. Carew was a true gentleman and scholar. He would always great you with a smile and was always interested to hear what you had to say. He definitely helped guide the College of Pharmacy culture of family, understanding and leadership. A life well lived. -Brad Gilchrist, Class 1990
He was a wonderful professor and mentor. RIP, Dr. Carew.
I have such fond memories of Dr. Carew. I was one of many prospective students whose first introduction to the College prior to applying was from Dr. Carew. He encouraged me to apply, and remembered who I was when I arrived the following fall. Later on I worked with Dr. Rosazza during a summer fellowship whose lab overlapped with Dr. Carew. He was always willing to help and had such a down to earth nature about him— a true gentleman and a scholar. The College is a much better place for his long record of service — as are several generations of former students.
Dr. Carew was the first faculty member that I ever met at the UICOP. He talked to us at a meeting during freshman orientation in the summer of 1978. He made such a great impression and solidified my career choice. His Med Chem lectures were always interesting and he went out of his way to make sure students understood the material. He was retired when I came back to Iowa for PSE PhD studies in 03 but we talked briefly at homecoming a couple of times. A true gentleman and scholar and I try to be as down to earth and caring as he in my academic career. His influence in the profession will echo for years.
I went to my 50th class reunion in 2010 when I saw Dr. Carew coming down the hallway. He said "Hi Jim", which really impressed me, I thought, my gosh, he remembered me after fifty years. I asked how he knew me after all of this time, His response was "you have on your nametag". We had a great laugh. I still remember one of his exams with this long table with all of these plants requiring the genus and species. Stressful city.
Mr. Carew was a very sincere and empathetic mentor for me while I was at pharmacy school and graduated in 1977. Mr. Carew helped me with good guidance in the early days of my professional pharmacy career.
I was one of those many students Dr. Carew shared his great personality with. My 3rd year of school brought me, my wife, and new son under great financial stress and at a crossroad. I was considering leaving school for a time until I could afford to continue. Having just had a new son and my wife having a kidney removed, I was really stretched and stressed. Dr. Carew helped me figure out how to make it work for me to remain in school and graduate. I, like so many others, owe him a deep amount of respect for all his compassion. Numerous times through the years as our paths crossed, I was so appreciative that he always remembered my name and the special concern he showed me in getting me started off right in life.
Dr. Carew was my academic advisor at the College of Pharmacy. His encouragement was invaluable.
Dr. Carew was one of the main reasons I was accepted into the college of pharmacy after my 1st year at U of I. I did not fill out the necessary forms to transition from the College of Liberal Arts to the College of Pharmacy. I called the College of Pharmacy and was told I could speak to a "student advisor." Dr. Carew got on the phone. Of course, he introduced himself as "David." I had no idea who he was at the time. I told him my predicament and he asked me to come to the College of Pharmacy and "have a chat." That "chat" essentially was an informal interview. Ultimately, I was accepted into the college of pharmacy the very next year. I attribute it to Dr. Carew. My prayers go out to his family. He was a good man.
I'm saddened to learn of Dr Carew's passing. He was one of my favorite professors while attending the College of Pharmacy in Iowa City in the mid 70s. My sincere condolences to his family. He was a fine man. What else is there to say!
David's sister Jessie was my grandmother. I grew up knowing only stories about him, never had the pleasure of meeting him. Proud to call this man my great uncle. Condolences to the Carew family. Sending lots of love from Massachusetts.
Wayne B.Gates III
Susan, Bruce and Steven - Thinking of you and your families during this very difficult time. He certainly did have a "Twinkle in his eye".
What a servant & leader. Sending thoughts, hugs, & prayers to Bruce, Peggy, David, & Sarah.
Fondly, Nicole Eidahl & family
My deepest condolences to the family of Professor Carew. I fist met Dave and his wife, Shirley, in 1964 when I arrived in Iowa City to join the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. I have valued his friendship through all of those years. My last contact with him was when he resided at Oaknoll Retirement Residence where I also live. I enjoyed many meals with the Dave and Shirley, at their home, and with Dave and colleagues from the College of Pharmacy at the Quadrangle cafeteria. He will be missed.
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