David Thomas Polk, PhDMay 26, 1948 - June 4, 2016YORKDavid Polk, 68, passed away peacefully on Saturday with his loving wife of 35 years, Frances (McCabe) Polk, at his side. David was born on May 26, 1948 in Parma, Ohio, the son of Lois Marie (Dingfelder) Polk of Medina, Ohio and the late Michael Polk.David received a Bachelor of Science degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, a Master of Arts from Kent State University, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from The Catholic University of America. He was initiated into the Alpha Epsilon Delta International Premedical Honor Society and the Pi Gamma Mu National Social Science Honor Society.An accomplished Professor Emeritus at York College, a noted researcher, consultant and business expert, David also served as Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department and as a Director of the Institute of Applied Social Research. He influenced generations of college students to accomplish social good by doing reliable research. He was co-founder of Polk-Lepson Research Group and served on the faculty of the American Bankers Association School of Marketing and Management. He selflessly lent his skills and talents to the York Community playing key roles on initiatives and committees to the betterment of many organizations including the Chamber of Commerce,
, York Literacy Council, York Arts, United Way Youth Services and the York County Heritage Trust. Typical of his modesty, David did not seek recognition but among many awards he received were the Professional Service and Leadership Award from the York College Alumni Association and the Rotary Foundation District Service Award of Rotary International.David and Fran made many friends from their civic involvements. He was an active member of Rotary Club of York and prior to his illness, was slated to be President for the club's 100th year, a past President of the International Wine and Food Society, York Branch and a member of the Country Club of York. He and Fran enjoyed golf, skiing and traveling, returning numerous times to Bermuda, Aspen and Vail.In addition to his wife, Fran, his memory will be cherished by his family, including his brother, Robert M. Polk, his companion Maria Pereira of Texas; a nephew, Steven Polk his wife Kathy and their daughter Kaley; his sister, Jeanne M. and her husband John Hurt of Ohio; nephew Bryan Hurt his wife Marri and their son Ezra; and Emily Hurt her wife Erin Vance; his mother-in-law, Frances Wolf McCabe and in-laws, Elizabeth McCabe and George Shorb; nephew Alexander V. Shorb; niece, Elizabeth Shorb Bruscia and her husband Michael Bruscia and their daughter Elizabeth "Ellie" Bruscia; in-laws, Patricia McCabe and John Latchaw; niece, Rachel Latchaw Bupp and her husband Adam Bupp.A remembrance will be held on Friday, June 17th at The Charles Wolf Gymnasium in the Grumbacher Center at York College with a visitation from 1:30 – 3:30 and the service at 4 PM. Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 South George Street, York, is in charge of arrangements.Contributions can be made to York College of Pennsylvania, 441 Country Club Road, York, PA 17403; or to Rotary Club of York c/o Yorktowne Hotel, 48 East Market Street, York, PA 17401.