David Ransom, second from right.

December 5, 2003


Dear Members of the Rock Creek International School Community,

We have lost one of our own. It is with the deepest regret that I announce that Board of Trustees member David M. Ransom died yesterday. To the rest of the world, David was known as Ambassador to the State of Bahrain from 1994 to 1997, as an expert on the Middle East, as an internationalist, as an Arabist, and as a former White House advisor to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft.

To us, he was the inspiration of our Arabic program and a primary force behind the move to build the Middle School. As a person, he was one of the wisest, most genuine, most gentle people I have ever met. It was on more than a few occasions during committee meetings or Board meetings or events with his numerous contacts that his thoughtful and incisive yet always positive questions or observations set the stage for solutions and agreements.

David loved his family and served his country exceptionally well. He loved this school and brought us incredible gifts of ideas and contacts. He loved children and displayed genuine pleasure just walking through the hallways with me as young people dodged around us. And we loved him. His influence will forever be reflected in the nature and vitality of Rock Creek International School.

The Ransom family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in David’s memory to the Arabic Program at RCIS. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on December 13 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

With respect,


Danny Hollinger
Head of School

reproduced with permission from the website of the Rock Creek International School