In Memoriam: David C. Lincoln, 1925-2018

A Living Legacy, an Ethic of Gold

The Claremont Lincoln University community mourns the loss of our great friend, leader and benefactor of the University, David C. Lincoln. He died at home, in the community he loved and help build, on March 16, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mr. Lincoln’s life and ethic created communities of positive social change that will live on for generations.

He lived out his beliefs in every way: in his commitment to live and lead with responsibility, in his commitment to workers and those connected to the land and communities near his work, in his Christian faith, and in his openness to learning about other faith traditions in hope of building bridges that would generate lasting peace.

In addition to philanthropic gifts and leadership making possible the John C. Lincoln Health Network, the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University, the Lincoln Center for Ethics at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, both David and his wife Joan were particularly interested in fostering a new kind of university. The formation of Claremont Lincoln University in 2011 brought that vision to life. The work of the University is to develop innovative leaders equipped to solve difficult global issues, and foster positive change across diverse communities.

It’s rare that one individual’s life and work would touch so many arenas—religious communities, higher education, public policy and healthcare, and interfaith studies. And yet, Mr. Lincoln’s basic philosophy, “Good ethics is good business,” led him to teach, invest in, and explore these areas—because these are areas that build up changemakers. Mr. Lincoln often praised what he called “the multiplier effect”—the way that investing in education, or fair wages, or good benefits, or ethical building practices, can allow those who benefit to then make their own investments in community.

“We have a great responsibility to honor the man that gave our university life,” said Joseph Sallustio, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Claremont Lincoln University. “Through our core courses in mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration, and change, we will ensure that the legacy of David C. Lincoln lives on.”

“David Lincoln believed in and modeled the Golden Rule. He was a steadfast champion for ethics and was totally committed to leaving this world a better place. His passion for teaching people to deal with each other respectfully and ethically is the bedrock of CLU. He was a true man of peace,” said Dr. Eileen Aranda, President of Claremont Lincoln University.

The people whose lives David Lincoln touched are irrevocably changed. We are more learned, we are more connected, we are better able to collaborate, and we are better equipped to meet the challenges of diversity and conflict. Because of his life and leadership, we are able to continue to do unto others as we would have them do, as Mr. Lincoln did.

There will be a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253. The family suggests consideration of a gift in his honor to one of the following charities in lieu of flowers:

Claremont Lincoln University
250 West First Street
Suite 330
Claremont, CA 91711

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
113 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125

David & Joan Lincoln Fund for Applied Ethics
Chautauqua Foundation
P.O. Box 28
Chautauqua, NY 14722

1 Comment

  1. Maneck Bhujwala on March 26, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I was privileged to have the opportunity to meet and have occasional conversation with him during some of the Gatherings in Claremont. And, I was fortunate to have got a tuition scholarship to study Interfaith Action at CLU due to his generosity. May God bless his soul with eternal peace and happiness and give strength to his family and friends to bear his loss. Please forward my sincere condolences to his family, associates, faculty and friends.

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