R. David Pittle (1956)

Even Dave will admit that nothing he did during his years at Blair could have been a hint of the things he would accomplish later in life. While he did participate in student government as Home Room President, and was active on the Welfare and Order Committees, his life’s work began after he graduated from Blair and completed his military service in the Navy. He went on to Montgomery College and the University of Maryland, graduating with High Honors. He earned both a masters degree and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

In 1973, he became one of the original Commissioners appointed to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and subsequently worked for 25 years for Consumers Union. He became a champion of advancing the interests of consumers,
with special emphasis on reducing deaths and accidents resulting from the use of consumer products.  David served on the CPSC under four Presidents, both Republican and Democratic. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his distinguished public service and for advancing the interests of consumers.  Many of the safety features found on consumer products today are the result of the commitment and persistence of Blair graduate David Pittle.