Alfred David “Dave” Lundberg, 80 of Ipswich, beloved husband of Barbara (Ritter) Lundberg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Cambridge, New York, he was the son of the late Edward and Ruth (Wolfe) Lundberg. Dave left the family farm to attend Cornell University where he received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and his master’s degree in urban development.
Mr. Lundberg embarked on a long and distinguished career with the United States Agency for International Development. His work took him to several countries: Vietnam, where he worked in the Rural Development Program, then as an aide to John Paul Vann; followed by Thailand, Pakistan, and Kenya, where he served in diplomatic posts focused on agriculture and development. He immersed himself in local cultures with humility and respect and spoke several languages. Dave returned to the Washington D.C. area to head the East Africa Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, then retired from government service to join the private sector as a Vice President for RONCO, an international consulting corporation specializing in development and humanitarian landmine disposal.
A devoted family man, Dave was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who took great pride in his children and grandchildren’s many milestones and accomplishments. The family travelled together extensively through his work, which provided them with countless extraordinary experiences. Dave was an avid and hard-working gardener, a hobby that gave him great pleasure, and he enjoyed cooking, fishing, and always made time to hunt with his family in upstate New York. He will be fondly remembered for his love for his family, dedication to his country, and for the generosity and respect with which he treated everyone he worked with and for. He is deeply missed by his loving family and by the many people whom he touched along the way.
Surviving Dave in addition to his wife Barbara with whom he shared 40 years of marriage are his children, Kristen Birkland and her husband Michael of Reston, VA, Christopher Lundberg and his wife Leah of Washington D.C.; John Lundberg and his wife Sara of Maplewood, NJ, and Catherine Cameron and her husband Peter of Danvers, MA; and his seven grandchildren and his brothers Robert Lundberg of Phoenix, AZ and Jack Lundberg and his wife Judy of Schaghticoke, NY.