MOULTONBOROUGH — David W. Ecker, 82, a member of the Moultonboro, NH community for forty-one years passed away on December 31, 2013, at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, New Hampshire.
David's battle with metastatic prostate cancer was brief and courageous. He never gave up and to his last few days
he was planning the completion of his many projects.
He was born on February 5, 1931, to Marion Radu Ecker and Winslow Ecker of Patchogue, Long Island, now deceased.
Close living relatives include his wife of fifty years, Willavene; two sons, Gregory David and his wife Anik, and Jonathan Jay. He also leaves his two grandchildren, Violet Anik and Kaspar Winslow, and his beloved brother Robert and his wife Margaret "Peg" Ecker. Other relatives who pre-deceased him are his first wife Gloria and their son David Francis, three days old.
As a patriot, David joined the Army on the Fourth of July, 1951. He became a Second Lieutenant of an Army Intelligence Unit
and led troops in the famous Korean Battles of Pork Chop Hill and Old Baldy, among others. He received a Bronze Star and two
battle medals for providing key information to his commanding officers and thereby saving many men's lives in battle, as well as three other medals and citations. David's army experiences were one central reason for his steel-core work ethic. He often said that "After the army, every day is a gift."
In his educational career, David moved from studio artist to Art Educator and Aesthetician. He received Bachelor of Science degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and Albright Art School in Buffalo, NY, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and an Ed.D. in Philosophy at Wayne State University.
He then taught and directed programs in art and art education at Ohio State University and New York University for forty years. He was highly influential as an art educator, both nationally and internationally. Two of his crowning achievements were his theory of art as qualitative problem solving which has been widely published in the Art Education Field and the founding of the International Society for the Advancement of Living Traditions in Art (ISALTA).
But it was David's many doctoral students (over 60 in number) who gave him the most satisfaction in his career. His students
were top artists representing their countries of Brazil, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Tibet, Jordan, Afghanistan, Nigeria,
Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Egypt, and the United States. Those students have continued to enhance the fields of art and art education around the world.
Since retiring fifteen years ago, David has still pursued artistic paths which have branched out to include developing beautiful buildings and landscapes with the help of artists and artisans from New Hampshire, Maine, and Ohio. He often expressed
his love of his home and immediate locality in Moultonboro, and New Hampshire in general, particularly for "all of the wonderful people who live here."
Friends wanting more information on David's life and career may view the website established in his honor by the International Society for the Advancement of Living Traditions in Art (ISALTA), at http://www.davidwecker.net/. Anyone who wishes to honor David may make contributions to the New Hampshire Korean War Veterans Association, 177 Pako Avenue, Keene, New Hampshire 03431.