WESTPORT, CONN David Levande, age 75 of Westport, Connecticut, passed away on April 23, 2021 at Regional Hospice in Danbury, Connecticut. David was born in the Bronx, New York, a son of the late Paul and Annette (Kling) Levande. David grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. David was a beloved and longtime professor at the Southern Connecticut State University graduate school of education. At Southern he took particular pride in founding a summer institute for improving urban education, following his lifelong passions of equity, tolerance, and kindness. David previously taught at Iona College and at the Enrico Fermi middle school in Yonkers as well as in the Bronx. He was a popular fixture in Westport, Connecticut for many years; enjoying Compo Beach, tennis, exercising at the YMCA, and connecting with new and old friends as a staple of local restaurants and cafes. David was an extremely devoted father and grandfather who poured himself into his children and loved to play with his grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter Lynne Longo and her husband Christopher of Bethel, Connecticut, his son Paul Levande and his partner Bryce Payne, his grandchildren Andrew, Dylan, and Matthew Longo, and by his niece Rachel Sirak. David was predeceased by his sister Laura Levande. Services will take place on Monday, April 26 at 2:00 PM DIRECTLY at Willowbrook Cemetery on 395 Main Street in Westport, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers David's family requests that donations be sent to the Lewy Body Dementia Association in his honor. All attendees must wear a mask and maintain social distance. The Abraham Green Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.