David J. Leeds, an engineering seismologist known for his extensive studies of soil dynamics and endless efforts to collect and compile earthquake data and documents, died in Santa Barbara, California, on 18 April 2011, five days after his 94th birthday. He helped to expand the EERI Newsletter, and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) recognized his service as editor for nearly 14 years by elevating him to Honorary Membership in 1982.

Graced with an engaging and outgoing personality, his passwords to life were always enthusiasm and adventure. His quick wit, along with a carefully developed sense of humor, made...

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