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David P. Close, American lawyer, specializing in the field of. Member of Dahlgren and Close.


Close, David Palmer was born on March 16, 1915 in New York City. Son of Walter Harvey and Louise De Arango (Palmer) Close.


The Hill School, Williams College (Bachelor of Arts, 1938). Columbia University (Juris Doctor, 1942). Spoken languages: French and Spanish.


Worked at Dahlgren and Close. Admitted to the bar, 1942, New York. 1946, District of Columbia and United States.

Supreme Court; 1946, United States. Claims Court; 1947, United States. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

1982, United States. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Phi Delta Phi. Director, 1960—, Vice President, 1960-1989, President, 1989—, International Humanities, Inc. Member, Board of Directors, National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, Inc., 1961-1969 and International Eye Foundation, 1961—, President, International Eye Foundation, 1986-1989.

President, D.C. Society for the Prevention of Blindness, 1961-1963. Trustee, 1963-1978 and President, 1971-1974, Mt. Vernon College. Trustee, Williams College, 1963-1968.

Trustee, 1965-1985, Honorary Trustee, 1985—, and Chairman, 1974-1985, The Hill School. Director, 1973—, Secretary/Treasurer, 1974-1977, and Treasurer, 1991—, Marjorie Merriweather Post Foundation of D.C. Director, National Savings & Trust, Company, 1973-1988. American Council for the United Nations University, (Member, 1981—and Treasurer, 1987-1991).

Member: The District of Columbia Bar. Bar Association of the District of Columbia. The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Associate Member).

American and Inter-American Bar Associations. The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Military: United States.

Naval Intelligence, 1942-1946.


  • Bar: New York State bar 1942.


Member advisory council National Capital area Boy Scouts American, 1961-2000. Board directors National Society Prevention Blindness, 1961-1963. Founding board member International Eye Foundation, 1965-2004, chairman, 1985-1989 director emeritus.

Board directors District of Columbia Society Prevention of Blindness, 1957-1963, president, 1961-1963. Former member board directors International Humanities, Inc., former president. Former member board directors Marjorie Merriweather Post Foundation, secretary-treasurer, 1974-1976, former secretary.

Trustee Williams College, 1963-1968. Trustee The Hill School, 1965-1985, chairman, 1973-1985. Trustee Mount Vernon College, 1963-1975, board president, 1971-1974.

Former member American council United Nations University. Board directors, Crestar Bank, 1973-1988. Served with Office of Naval Intelligence, United States Navy, 1942-1946.

Member American Bar Association, Inter-American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Association Bar City of New York, Pilgrims, Order of St. John, Chevy Chase (Maryland) Club, Fauquier Springs Country Club (Warrenton, Virginia), University Club (Washington).


Married Margaret Howell Gordon, June 26, 1954 (deceased July 1992). Children: Louise, Peter, Katharine, Barbara.

Walter Harvey Close

Louise De Arango (Palmer) Close

Margaret Howell Gordon

Louise Close

Peter Close

Katharine Close

Barbara Close