David Reed Pursley

Harvard Magazine- May/June 2000

David Reed Pursley '60, of New York City, died January 8. He enjoyed a varied 40-year career in the theater as an actor, director, designer, librettist, and teacher. He appeared in Broadway productions of Anna Karenina, The Threepenny Opera, Happy End, and Anything Goes and toured with Pippin. He directed or designed more than 60 productions in theaters throughout the United States and abroad, including the Istanbul Municipal Theatre in Dunedin, New Zealand. One of his happiest memories, however was singing for President Jimmy Carter at the Chite House Christmas party.