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Monday, July 17, 2023
11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)
Dr. David Rolf Cecil, a beloved retired Professor of Mathematics and Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at the age of 87. Dr. Cecil's enduring legacy in the world of academia and his contributions to his community will forever be cherished.
Born on July 12, 1935, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, David's journey began with a remarkable passion for music. In high school, he showcased his talent by playing the alto saxophone, captivating the hearts of those around him. After graduating in 1954, he went on to pursue higher education at the University of Tulsa. In 1958, David proudly earned his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in physics. His thirst for knowledge propelled him further as he obtained a Master of Science degree in mathematics in 1960 and later achieved his PhD in mathematics in 1962 from Oklahoma State University.
David's dedication to teaching led him to mold young minds at various esteemed institutions throughout his career. For an impressive span of 42 years, he imparted his vast knowledge upon eager students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (formerly Texas A&I). Prior to his time at A&M-Kingsville, Dr. Cecil positively influenced aspiring mathematicians during his eight years as a professor at the University of North Texas in Denton and one year at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Beyond his professional endeavors, David was known for his warm-hearted nature and selfless acts of kindness. Following retirement, he gracefully offered his assistance at his wife's store, The Needle Nook, located in downtown Kingsville. Always diligent and industrious, David also found solace in woodworking and expressed his artistic talent through folded paper artwork. An avid supporter of A&M-Kingsville Javelina football games, he reveled in the spirit and camaraderie that these events brought forth.
Dr. David Rolf Cecil leaves behind a legacy of compassion, wisdom, and an unwavering commitment to education. As the academic community mourns his loss, his former colleagues and students will forever remember his inspiring lectures, dedication to learning, and genuine concern for their success. Through the years, David touched countless lives and left an indelible mark on the minds and hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.
While we bid farewell to Dr. Cecil in grief, let us also celebrate the profound impact he made during his time on Earth. His memory will live on, not only as an exceptional mathematician but as a kind-hearted soul who went above and beyond for those around him. May his spirit find eternal peace, and may we continue to be inspired by his extraordinary life.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Betty Poe Cecil; siblings, Jack Cecil, Joseph Cecil and Jeanne Catherine Francis Cecil
David is survived by his son, Eric Cecil of Kingsville, Tx.
The family will receive visitors at their home at 1921 South Park Drive, Kingsville, TX, on Monday, July 17, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations in his memory to Javelina Athletics, https:/www.javelinagiving.org/DavidCecil or 700 University Blvd., MSC 202, Kingsville, TX 78363.
Arrangements are under the direction of Turcotte-Piper Mortuary in Kingsville.