Foundation Mourns the Loss of VP, Human Resources and Administration

    • November 12, 2019
Headshot of David Waldman

Princeton, N.J.—It is with great sadness and grief that we share the news that David Waldman, vice president, Human Resources and Administration (HRA), passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning. The entire RWJF family mourns this loss. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, senior leaders, and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to David’s family during this very difficult time.

As a valued member of the Foundation family for more than two decades, Waldman was committed to making an impact—and he did. As the leader of our Human Resources and Administration department, Waldman was passionate about fostering an atmosphere of open communications, mutual respect, and professional development so that leaders, staff, and the entire organization could thrive and accomplish great things in health and health care. His contributions were felt well beyond our walls as he was a thought leader in human resources, especially within the philanthropy sector, serving as a mentor to many.

Waldman, whose career focused on organizational effectiveness and improvement, joined the Foundation in 1998 after serving 19 years at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick. There he held various senior-level positions and was a founding member of a select team appointed by the university’s president to improve quality and communications at the university.

“All of us at RWJF are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague David Waldman,” said RWJF President and CEO Rich Besser. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. We will miss his tremendous presence in our lives.”

UPDATED 11/13 3:45 p.m.

Service Information

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation service at the Reilly Bonner Funeral Home in Belmar, N.J., anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 16; no formal service is planned. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to organizations that were near and dear to David’s heart—Elijah’s PromiseHomeFront—and the Epilepsy Foundation of America.


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