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David A. West, 77, of Columbia, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Columbia, of complications due to polio. David was born May 3, 1934, to North and Frances West. He and his wife, Jane, were married on May 23, 1953. Professor West taught at University of Missouri College of Business for 44 years, receiving numerous awards for teaching and research. He was active in faculty governance, community service and independent living, having used a wheelchair for over 60 years due to polio in 1950. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and friend, a man of vision and persistence, passion, courage and commitment, who mentored many, cared deeply and enjoyed the many happy times of life. He is survived by Jane; their two children, Tim and his wife Susan, Lori and her husband Karl Staub of Jefferson City; five grandchildren, Carlie and Brian West, Patrick and Diana Staub and Kara Staub Bono and husband Doug; two sisters, Mary Campbell and Carol Lewis; and his brother, Paul. Private family services are being held on Saturday, July 2, under the direction of Parker Funeral Home, Columbia. A memorial tribute will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be given to University of Missouri-David A. West Scholarship Fund, 109 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211. Online condolences may be left at parkerfuneralservice.com.

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