MADISON—David E. Bedri beloved husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend died peacefully at home on Jan. 5, 2018, in Madison, Wis., with Shabbat candles burning, soft music playing and his hands being held by husband, Jon, and cousin, Tamar. He courageously fought a rare form of pancreatic cancer for exactly one year. Like the rest of his life, the past year was filled with trips, loved ones, parties, profound experiences, tears and laughter.
David received a BA in Liberal Arts from University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, and like many other CAL students, he was actively involved in protesting the Vietnam War.
After graduating, he received a job offer from Phillip Morris, and moved to New York City where he became a management trainee. After becoming the youngest manager in Phillip Morris history at the age of 25, David left to obtain a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to New York to accept a position at the British Real Estate Consultancy, Jones Lang Wooton (now known as Jones LaSalle.) Shortly after becoming a partner there, Goldman Sachs & Co., made him an offer he could not refuse. He joined Goldman as a Vice President in both the Real Estate and Mortgage Securities Departments.
By the age of 39, David decided to end his Wall Street career and retired to look after his mother who had developed Alzheimer’s disease. After her passing in 1998, David and his partner Jon Sorenson, emigrated to New Zealand. They became permanent residents while living in Christchurch where they made many friends and enjoyed the beauty and bounty of New Zealand.
After five years living as Kiwis, David followed Jon to Madison, Wis., where Jon began his successful career at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Both Jon and David became actively involved in the Madison community. David audited numerous courses at the University’s Departments of History, Music, and Art History and was an active member of the UW’s Tandem (Fine Arts) Press where he served as a member of the Wine Auction Benefit Committee. He was also an inaugural member of the Hamel Family Wines Advisory Board in Sonoma, Calif.
In addition to being a wine connoisseur and gourmet cook, David was an avid gardener, world-traveler, and consummate conversationalist who took ready interest in people and their lives. He was loved by many people, some who only met him once, but were immediately captivated by his warm charm, sharp intelligence, and bon vivant personality.
David is survived by his husband, Jon E. Sorenson; his brother, Jonathan Bedri MD; and lots of loving cousins and in-laws throughout the world. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, The Judy Fund of the Alzheimer’s Association, Agrace Hospice Foundation or the Carbone Cancer Center Pancreatic Research Fund.