David Alan Pedersen, 68, of Shepard Ave, Hamden passed away on May 4, 2007. Beloved husband of 43 years to Lynda Bronson Pedersen. He was born in Warrens, WI on February 4, 1939 to the late Elvin and Ruth Dana Pedersen. Besides his wife, David leaves his three children, Robert Pedersen of Sheffield Village, OH and his wife Kelly, Jon Pedersen Sr. of Milford and his wife Kristen Adanti, and Krista Grande of Simsbury and her husband Matthew. Four grandchildren Angela Marie and Benjamin Oscar of Sheffield Village, OH, and Jon Jr. and Michael of Milford. Brother Tom Pedersen of Tomah, WI and his wife Grace, and Aunt Shirley Wittset also of Tomah, WI. David received his Bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and his Masters at the University of Illinois, then continued his graduate work at the University of Denver. He became the Student Center Director at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN, and then continued as Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, WI. In 1983 David moved his family to Connecticut to pursue a career at Southern State University. For the first 17 years he was Dean of Students, then retired in 2004 as Vice President for Student Affairs, a position he held for four years. Family, friends, and education were extremely important parts of David's life. This was proven as he became instrumental in planning the Michael J. Adanti Student Center at SCSU. He was also active in the church choir at Mt. Carmel Congregational Church in Hamden. When David wasn't working he greatly enjoyed relaxing with a book or writing poetry about people. His family and friends will miss his strong personality and loving nature. Funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 St. Ronan St., New Haven, Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 11 a.m. Friends may visit with the family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., on Monday, from 4-8 .pm. Interment will be on Sat, May 12th in Warrens, WI. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions in David's name may be sent to the Southern Connecticut State University General Fund, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT 06515.

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  1. Although his wonderful singing voice will be greatly missed, Dave’s humor, stories, and fellowship will be with me forever. It’s truly been an honor to sing with Dave in the Mount Carmel Congregational Church choir.

  2. HE WILL BE MISSED Amelia and Deb It was truly a pleasure and a privilege to have known Dave and to have worked for him. It’s as if a member of our own family has left us. He will be missed. Dave had so many qualities: kindness, integrity, fairness, warmth, sensitivity, compassion, a wonderful sense of humor-and on and on. He shared these qualities with the campus community. He will be missed. We always admired his special way of helping troubled students, as well as the way in which he gave comfort and support to their parents. Dave was truly committed to student success and was dedicated to this effort. Whatever the task or endeavor, it was accomplished with true professionalism. He will be missed. Many hours were spent in the planning of the new University Student Center, which was a favorite project of his. The new structure reflects many of his innovative ideas. He will be missed. He spoke with pride of his family-Lynda, Rob and Kelly, Krista and Matt, Jon and Krissy, and, of course, the grandchildren. His love and adoration for them was extremely evident. He will be missed. Dave’s wit and humor will always be remembered. We especially enjoyed his poetry and his story telling; Imagine how many stories he will have for us when we meet him again. The qualities he conveyed and the memories we have built together will keep him alive in our hearts forever. He will be missed.

  3. I was driving the bus pulling third shift, trasnporting the Foxwoods folks through the early morning rift. Coupons and comp tokens, expensive baubles and travel cheers, but when I read the paper all I saw was tears. You helped me so much, you beleived in me and my eccentric manner, you noticed me in the hallway and it made me feel better. From combat boots to 3 piece suits you saw me come up the chain. You’d be so proud if you could see where I have been. The Governor’s office to driving a coach bus in Manhatten…I hope I didn’t let you down…but sometimes we just have to work like an animal and sometimes it’s out of town. I can’t believe you left this world, all I can offer is text! I hope we see each other again, maybe not this world but the next. Put a good word in for me would you, the class might be full…but knowing you Dean I am sure you have some pull.

  4. Jon & Family, My condolences are with you all as you comfort each other during these difficult days. Take care of yourselves. RJ & WMG IT team

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