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David Summergrad

David Summergrad was a Co-Founder and President of NDI. Sadly on September 24, 2020, David unexpectedly passed away.


As a lifelong teacher, principal, and educator, David inspired and motivated many people’s lives and was deeply cherished by them. He was a tireless advocate for inclusivity, equity, love and kindness amongst all peoples. He cast a wide net with his heart and mind - inspiring, encouraging, and educating in Needham and in multiple communities beyond. He is missed by the Needham Diversity Initiative and all the other communities to which he contributed so deeply.


We pay tribute to those that accomplished so much before us. To honor their memories, we cannot help but make this absolute pledge: David Summergrad, today we mourn, but tomorrow we continue the fight.


Rest in peace, dear brother.

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