David Bell Obituary as published in SFGATE December 6, 1997.
David E. Bell, a fund-raiser, organizer, and leader in the San Francisco's lesbian and gay community, died November 29 in Honolulu. He was 52.
"David was a selfless and sharply focused force of philanthropy and volunteerism for the gay and lesbian community," said assemblywoman Carole Migden, a close friend.
"Every community project or campaign of consequence benefited from his leadership and committment. He was a man of unparalled charm and persuasiveness--when he asked anyone to help support his favorite causes, no one could say no."
Mr Bell served as a member of both the board of governors and head of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay political organization. He received the Human Right's Jerry E. Berg Leadership Award in 1994. He led the northern division of the California Project, which the campaign organized to help restore the Democratic majority in the Legislature.
Mr Bell was treasurer of the AIDS Emergency Fund, co-chairman of the Bay Area Nonpartisan Alliance and a principal supporter of the James Hormel Lesbian and Gay Center at the new Main Library. He chaired San Francisco's civil grand jury and he was an active supporter of Migden's campaigns as well as those of Mayor Willie Brown and other San Francisco officials.
Mr Bell was born in Salina, Kansas on Oct 7,1945. He attended Stanford University. After Stanford, he attended Northwestern University's Graduate School of Business, worked for Touch Ross' Chicago consulting office and then returned to Stanford as assistant dean of students in the Residential Education Program.
Mr Bell moved to San Francisco in 1976, where he established a business in real estate investment and management. An extensive traveler, Mr Bell became ill during a trip to Hawaii late last month. He died of complications of pancreatittis.
He is survived by his parents, Mr and Mrs Dave Bell of Santa Rosa, and his sister Susan Bell Lawlor of Leawood, Kansas.
A memorial tribute will be held December 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Delancey Street Foundation Town Hall, 600 Embarcadero in San Francisco.