Sept. 7, 1923 – June 14, 2013
David Wilson Bressler was born in San Francisco on Sept. 7 1923, the first of three children born to David and Marguerite Bressler. He attended Polytechnic High School, graduating in 1940, and then hopped a freighter to China. He enlisted in the Coast Guard immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, operating a landing craft on the troop carrier USS Leonard Wood for the entire war, serving in the European theater, North Africa and the Pacific. He was honorably discharged in San Francisco in October 1945.
He married Corrinne Roosman in 1949.
The G.I. Bill enabled him to work toward an advanced degree; he received a Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkley in 1957. He taught at the University of British Columbia for 14 years, one year at Tufts University in Boston and five years at the Istituto di Matematica in Florence, Italy. He moved his family to Davis in 1978 and taught at Sacramento State University. During this time, he received a Third Mate Deck Officer’s License, with which he made two three-month voyages, one of them around the world. Proximity to the San Francisco Bay allowed the family to maintain a boat there, the more than 100-year-old 45-foot gaff rig sloop Polaris, from which he derived much pleasure.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Corrinne, his daughters Anne and Elsa, grandson Medric, sister-in-law Patricia Bressler, son-in-law Norman Riley, nieces Linda, Wendy and Cindy, nephews David, Robert and Rodney and their respective children. “A wonderful family,” he said often.
A memorial service will be held at The Episcopal Church of St. Martin’s, 640 Hawthorn Lane Davis, CA 95616, on July 26, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.