• Dave's Last Dance: A Celebration of Life for David Orr Thayer

    Feb 21, 2021, 1:00 PM US/Mountain

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Emily Thayer

David Orr Thayer, MD

February 11, 1949 - February 13, 2020

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of David Orr Thayer, MD. We would be honored if you could take a moment to help us collect your stories, memories and photos. You can share written memories and photos here. If each of you shared one thing, it will help us all see what a wholehearted...  see more

A virtual memorial will be held February 21, 2021 at 1pm MST via a video zoom link which will be posted     HERE. The link is also posted elsewhere on this site.     David Orr Thayer, M.D. of Boulder, CO passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at his home following a courageous three and a half year battle with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Although his family and friends mourn...  see more
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  • Katherine Compagni
    Joe Compagni misses Dave as his calm and considerate hunting partner on several hunts in Wyoming. In 2014, after an antelope hunt, Kathy joined Joe and Dave in Casper, WY for a Manhattan, dinner, and good stories. We share the sorrow of his loss with...  more
  • M Kauffmann
    A special memory I have of David often being meticulous , David took a good amount of his personal time & spent countless hours tacking & hemming my prom dress to make it perfect and precise. 💙🙏🏻
  • michelle gaimari
    Hey, Dave, we have so many memories, so where to start...the beginning of course was in Jersey when Carolyn and you began dating...then your wedding and move Connecticut (or NY?). We tried to do so many things the first time we visited, but you were on...  more
    • michelle gaimari
      Carolyn Marino Thanks you two special friends! so many memories and not enough time and space to recount.
      • February 26, 2021
  • Warren Hern
    David was one of the kindest persons I have ever known and one of the most compassionate physicians I have known. We enjoyed many long conversations over the years I knew him, and I was deeply saddened by his cancer diagnosis. We enjoyed a beautiful...  more
  • Lisa Darby
    Dave was a wonderful doctor, and I appreciate all the great care I received from him over the years. And when I learned Dave and Charmaine were a thing, WOW, I was so happy for both of them.
  • Marcia Kohler
    I was a gynecology patient in David's practice, but saw the midwife instead, as I also knew David (Carolyn, too!) from Rallysport. We worked out together occasionally with mutual friend (and superhero) Kevin Shepard, and I thought I'd keep the gym and...  more
  • JoAnn Thayer
    I have good memories of David coming to visit Paul & I and spending a night or two with
    us. We shared family memories, good food and drink and Paul's childhood with Uncle Bill (Dave's dad). We enjoyed getting together with the Thayer family in...  more
  • John  Biard
    My wife, Pamela, and I joined Dave and Charmaine, along with Jeff and Arleigh for several trips, including a great trip down to the Grenadine islands. We chartered a boat for a week and a half and had wonderful adventures down there. We were all learning...  more
  • Lynne Fernandez
    David was a unique and amazing individual with the rare gift of allowing others to feel heard. He listened with his heart and head. He was also very intuitive and seemed to know what others needed. As a fellow physician I have nothing but respect for...  more
  • Lynne Fernandez
  • almccomiskey
    It was an honor to count Dave as our friend. Interesting, intellectual, thoughtful, compassionate, fun, fit (couldn't keep up with him on that bike!) We enjoyed and will always remember the time we had.
    Cheers to you Dave!
  • Claudia Deere
    Dave was an extremely patient and kind soul. He was my OBGYN during my pregnancy with my third son. Dave listened with a keen ear and his responses were always very thoughtful and complete. He became a dear friend of ours and we enjoyed many fun times...  more
  • Charmaine Haravey
    So happy with the grand-nieces in 2015!
  • Cynthia Church
    We were honored to have David and Charmaine as participants on our study abroad trip to Ecuador in 2015. As a non-student, David was aboard to relax, yet he was never off-duty. One of the students failed to tell anyone that she was pregnant. When she...  more
  • Christopher Behm
    Christopher Behm added 5 photo(s) to the memorial David Orr Thayer, MD:
  • Bob Brown
    Because Dave was a connoisseur of the finer things in life, and we both enjoyed a good Manhattan, I will toast him on Sunday utilizing his special Manhattan recipe.
    God speed to you, my friend, on your next big adventure!
  • Gaye Eshima
    Dave was our neighbor for many years. He was always busy doing projects outside. He was kind and thoughtful. He hired both our kids to mow his lawn, giving them their first job. He is greatly missed.
  • Anne Skok
    Anne Skok added 1 photo(s) to the memorial David Orr Thayer, MD:
  • Anne Skok
    I didn't know David well enough or long enough. I thought of him as a gentle soul with a twinkle in his eye. Seems we met just as things hit the fan for Charmaine and David. They were on a trip of a lifetime when David became ill. When my husband was...  more
  • Lisa Jarko
    Dr. Dave was an important part of our family throughout the most memorable experiences of our lives. He was professional, yet caring in nature. A good friend and an irreplaceable doctor! He really took the time to know and understand everything we were...  more
  • cindy ayotte
    I was honored to know Dave, I thought he was so cool and down to earth for being the the Dr. of one of the best Woman's Practice's . He really wanted and cared about bringing family together. He put together a family reunion in Erie PA. from...  more
  • Charmaine Haravey
    If you can read Dave's t-shirt, it says "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I'm not sure if he's referring to the grizzly or the martini! : )
  • Janine Thormann
    One of my favorite memories with David and Charmaine was when we rented a houseboat on Lake Powell in 2005 and salsa danced on the deck. It was a memorable trip and one I will enjoy remembering fondly. David often reminded me of my brother of the same...  more
  • Kevin Howe
    After he left Cortland, David and I usually spoke with each other and at least each year on February 11, our shared birthday, and I regret that annual talk is no more. He and I shared a love of hunting, and we pursued that passion here in Central New...  more
  • carolyn marino
    The pictured is now attached to the memory.
  • carolyn marino
    This is our first family picture taken with David O, David, Carolyn and newly arrived Emily. I this hard to believe that was 1984.Now our children have little ones of their own.Thanks, David for blessing me with children!
  • alice barron
    Dave's magic was far reaching. In addition to all the precious babies he helped bring into this world, he brought two adults, Toby Carpenter and Alice Barron, into each other's world. This photo is of Dave (who delivered Toby's daughter decades earlier)...  more
  • Paul and Doris Wall
    From Paul: The years with Dave in the Nu Sig house while going through medical school were fun and enlightening in a lot of ways, especially during parties in the basement...which Dave always attended. He was more than proficient in the early years of...  more
  • carolyn marino
    Gene Hughes, David's good friend from medical school days sent me some early pictures. One of our first camping trips.
  • Amy Schiano
  • Alicia Smoot
  • Jerry Salkowe
    Lot's of fond memories. Dave and I lived next door to each other at Nu Sig our first year at Jefferson. Here's a pic from an adventure we shared to Freeport in the Bahamas. While the fresh fruit on the table seems appropriate to the setting, it's all...  more
  • Kristen Hromyak (Thayer)
    We were so lucky to be able to go out to Colorado and be with Uncle Dave one last time. I have so many fond memories of all of our family vacations out west! They are some of the most cherished memories of my life! Uncle Dave was always so kind and...  more
  • Craig Conlin
    David and I met in 1973 when he was a medical student in Philadelphia. Though not a med student myself, I briefly lived in a student fraternity house on Spruce Street where David was then living. David was the nicest, funniest, most down-to-earth, and...  more
  • Ann Mattson
  • Charmaine Haravey
    Some levity on Dave’s birthday, one of his favorite cartoons! I couldn’t resist.
  • Carolyn Marino
    I first met David in 1973 while he was a second year medical student at Jefferson Medical School and I was attending Rutgers University right across the bridge from Philadelphia. There is not enough space here to speak to our our twenty five year...  more
  • Jennifer Peterson
    Honored and grateful that David delivered both of my children. Happy Birthday, David. xoxo
  • Allan Thayer
  • tamara lester
  • alice barron
  • Frank Pugliano
    Round of golf with Dave and frat brothers in Colorado in 2017. Frank, Walt Dave and Art
  • Roxanne Smith
  • Frank Pugliano
    Frank Pugliano added 4 photo(s) to the memorial David Orr Thayer, MD:
  • Frank Pugliano
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  • Linda and Barry Contois
    • Linda and Barry Contois
      Linda and Barry Contois I met David at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He and I clicked right away and became instant friends. I worked in the Emergency Department as a nurse, David picked up some shifts now and then.
      As our friendship grew, David met my...  more
      • February 8, 2021
  • George Bacall
    David and I did our OB/Gyn Residencies together at St Francis Hospital,Hartford,CT. Dave originally planned on going into Family Medicine but I worked hard to convince him that he would be a great OB/Gyn. He finally made the switch and we spent 4 years...  more
  • George Bacall
  • Jennifer Peterson
  • Emily Thayer