David A. Santogrossi
Date of Death: January 28, 2010
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David Anthony Santogrossi David Anthony Santogrossi, 63, of Lafayette, Indiana, died January 28, 2010, at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis from complications of multiple myeloma. David was born on January 17, 1947, in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Fred and Dorine Santogrossi. David was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Judith.…

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Evelyn Xu left a message on July 17, 2012:
I&m deeply sorry for your loss of Dr. David Santogrossi. I am an undergraduate sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in psychology and hopefully going to graduate school to obtain a ph.d in clinical psychology. Today I picked up the abnormal psychology book that Dr. Santogrossi wrote. It was published in 97 but when I read his bio, I wanted to contact him about his research. At the time, the bio said that his research was about when people choose to seek psychological help. I wanted to look up his findings on the web because I&m very interested in that topic but all I found was that he passed away due to a battle of cancer. I am sorry that he battled a long fight with such a horrible disease. From what I see, he was a very accomplished, well-liked, and very inspirational man. He seemed to have lived his life to the fullest and he seems to have done a lot of great work. I look forward to finding more of his work on the web when I do more research. I hope you all are well.
Jennifer Ticsay left a message on March 8, 2011:
Hi. My name is Jen and I was a student of Dr Santogrossi in 1991. I just searched on his name because I wanted to send him a thank you message. I am sorry that I was too late on sending this message. I took his Behavior Modification class. The class was life changing for me in many ways. First living my life with a principle of gratitude by using reinforcement in my daily life. That principle enriched my life, my marriage, my friendships, my co workers, basically everyone that I am in contact with including the cashier at the grocery store. But most of all, when I was taking his class I was soul searching and trying to decide what I would do with my life. Dr Sanogrossi utter these words ""these are the principles you use to train dogs"". That was it my life&&s path and my life&s work was decided. I started training dogs after I graduated from Purdue. I love my work and I am great at it because of what I learned in his class and the direction that he sent my education. I can not thank him enough it was like he was a messenger sending me on my right path. I am forever grateful.
Dr. Pamela L. Perrewe left a message on May 5, 2010:
David was the first professor at Purdue to introduce me to research as an undergraduate student. I fell in love with research, went on to get a Ph.D. and I have been a professor for 25 years. I owe so much to David - what a treasure! When I was an undergraduate in the 1970s, he even took me to a drum and bugle corp performance. What an interesting guy! He has touched the lives of so many people - he will be missed, but his legacy will go on.
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Barbara Houze left a message on February 6, 2010:
I spent many happy hours with David when I lived in Lafayette from 1970-95. We were together in many Civic Theatre shows with Dick Jaeger, and we entertained in various places around town. He was a wonderful musician, but I think most important was his gentle spirit and his willingness to help. He will be missed.

Barbara Houze
Barry Schreier & Tom Birkenholz left a message on February 4, 2010:
We missed David terribly and are only comforted by the fact that the plays in Heaven will now have fabulous sets and terricv drum riffs in all their musicals. He is a dear friend, a kind soul, and someone will will hang on to through our wonderful memories from here on out. We will see you again some time David! Until then, keeping hammering!
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Jodie Schlatter left a message on February 4, 2010:
I am so sorry to read about David&s death. Even though I did not know him very well, I always appreciated his wonderful attitude and brilliant musical ability when working on productions with the Lafayette Civic theatre. He was always very congenial and nice to me. I know he will be missed by so many people.

Jodie Schlatter
Kathy McGraw left a message on February 4, 2010:
David always spoke to me with a smile and would like to know how I was. He had an interest in your well-being. I admired how he loved the theatre so much and was always glad when he played drums for the musicals I was in. If there needed to be a correction to the set, he made sure it was changed for the better. He was just a really good person!
Kathy McGraw
Esther Weiner, Ph.D, left a message on February 4, 2010:
I will always remember David&s smile and pleasant manner whenever we crossed paths. His talents as a teacher are well known. My daughter often told me how she loved the course she took with him.

We shared not only a love of Civic theatre but also of psychology. Although he was not a practitioner he was a silent supporter of the clinical psychologists who were in private practice in the community. That was very appreciated.

I think I have seen every one of the Civic productions that David played the drums for and/or helped construct the set for. He was so generous in sharing his talents.

For all these things and more, he will be remembered fondly. And we will miss him.

Jennifer Dobbs-Oates left a message on February 4, 2010:
I was an undergraduate psychology major at Purdue 1996-2000. Dr. Santogrossi had a significant impact on me and my career path. I took his behavior modification course -- one of my favorites at Purdue -- and he became a mentor for me. He talked with me about my interests and goals, and helped me find a research mentor to do my honors thesis with. His advice and mentoring had a major impact on me, and I&m sure his letter of recommendation was a major help to me in getting into graduate school. Without Dr. Santogrossi&s influence, who knows if I would have pursued my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and ended up on faculty at Purdue. It&s funny how life can come full circle like that, and I ended up more like my mentor than I could have ever guessed.
We hadn&t been in touch in a long time, but I never forgot David and his impact on my life. He took an interest in a young student and made a real difference. I have no doubt you are hearing many, many versions of my story, as I know he was important to many students.
David Santogrossi was a kind man and he will be missed by more people than you can imagine.
Kevin Spires left a message on February 2, 2010:
Dr. Santogrossi understood kids with ADHD and when my son was little, he went out of his way to set up a plan with the school. He went out every few days to make sure the teachers, etc. were following the plan and helped them to correct mistakes. I have to say, not everybody saw the protenial like he did. Once he stopped going to the school, they stoppd doing the successful plan.

He sure knew his business and was able to talk and understand parents as well as the kids.

His expertise will be missed! He was a great guy!

Ethel Swartzendruber left a message on February 2, 2010:
To David&s family -

David was someone who could relate to people at all levels of the university. I found him to be a great advocate during a job change I encountered here at Purdue. He was concerned about all the employees who worked in this department, and was constantly upbeat with everyone he encountered.

His appreciation for and participation in the arts was also remarkable. I celebrate his kindness, humor, wit, wisdom, and support.

David will be missed.

Ethel Swartzendruber


P.S. Just in case Michael Morrison&t e-mail tribute didn&t reach you, I copy it here for you. The music is just perfect and his quote so timely:

This is for David, his family, and for us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMTKb-pgxGI
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Jo Ogden left a message on February 2, 2010:
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great person that truely touched a lot of people&s lives with little acts of kindness. When I still lived in Indiana and my neighbor&s mother died unexpectedly, they made the passing comment that she had always wanted a jazz band playing at the funeral reception to celebrate her life like they did in New Orleans. I shared that thought with David, and magically made it happen. I did not even know he knew a jazz band. The funeral was the best I had ever attended. It was a true celebration of life, and made possible by someone who didn&t even know her.

I have started writing bits and pieces of things that happened in my life, and I have one story that is about David.



Dean David

Back when I was in Indiana, I got this call one day to see if I could hem some stage curtains for the local Civic Theater. They were 31 feet long, and needed to be shorter for the play Gypsy. I was able to complete the task, and the night of the delivery I was going to stay to watch the rehearsal. After being there a short bit, the director came over to me and asked me if I could read. I said, "yes". Can I give directions? Do I have the next 3 weeks free? I got drafted on the spot to be the back stage manager for the play since the person doing it had fallen earlier in the day and was having surgery on her broken leg.

Keep in mind, I that hemming the curtains was the closest thing I have ever done to being involved in a play since maybe 4th grade when I was in the play Stone Soup. In which the blow up petticoat I was wearing sprung a leak while I was on stage and my dress kept shrinking.

However, I had just been thrown into a situation I was willing to take the challenge for. I had to stand back stage, cue the musicians, draw the curtain and do this that and the other. I also ended up making a couple of the stripper costumes, which is a whole other story in itself. In the brief intro of how to do things, I was told to never call the drummer Dave, call him David. So, I cued David for 3 weeks. After the last show, we were all out in the auditorium, I was standing near "David" and someone came up to him and said. "Way to go Dean, good job."

"Wait a minute," I said. "What happened to only calling you David. Who is this Dean?"

"That&s not my name," he said, smiling, "It&s my title."

"Who are you?"

"Since you went to Purdue, I thought you knew, I am the Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. I am Dean David Santigrossi"

"Oh, I thought you were just Drummer David."

Well, a few weeks went by and Dean David called out of the blue one day. "What are you doing on Saturday, he asked?"

"Nothing that I know of."

"How about going to Chicago with me to see the play Chicago at the theater Chicago. Mary J. Blige is playing in it. "

"OH MY GOD! I think I only said that about twenty million times."

Of course the next call was to a girl friend who had recently moved to North Carolina. She instantly knew the red pantsuit I should wear, and was going to overnight it to me.

So, a few days later, donned in the bright red suit, I took off on the 2 hours road trip to the big city. We ate at an Italian restaurant and window shopped all over the town. It was a marvelous day.

Crossing the street to the theater, of course, I was caught up in the lights and not paying attention. So, the mud puddle was not even in my line of sight. I don&t think the car saw it either, but the tire did. I was splashed from head to toe. Of course, Dean David, standing next to me did not have a drop on him.

He generously offered to take me shopping to buy a new outfit. I was stupid and declined the offer. I thoroughly enjoyed the front row center stage fir
Pat Smith left a message on February 1, 2010:
I am so sorry to hear about David - he was always a ray of light when I worked with him at the Liberal Arts Department. He had a good sense of humor and seemed to greatly care about his students. We&d get a good laugh when he brought his dog in. I&m sure he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Shawn Jordan left a message on January 30, 2010:
I knew David for a reasonably short time - about a year - but in that time he truly touched my life, both with his music and his friendship. I had the fortunate opportunity to play in The King and I by his side as second percussionist, and it was one of the most memorable experiences I&ve had playing drums. Besides being an incredible musician who pays great attention to detail, we spent a lot of time talking and he shared with me so many wonderful stories from his life. His attention to relationships was very notable; in fact, he even tried to set me up with another one of his friends in the show! He truly is a wonderful, kind, caring individual who I will never forget. I am honored to have gotten to know him, and to quote our mutual friend Kathy Bruni, I&m sure he&s playing a big show in Heaven now. I just hope he&ll let me audition!
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