The following sad announcement was written by the Council of the Irish Genealogical Research Society:
Sir David died peacefully at his home on the morning of Friday, 22 July, aged 84. He was a career civil servant, serving with the British Diplomatic Service in Austria, Germany, Indonesia and Kenya. He was later Deputy Secretary at the Cabinet Office and was a senior UK representative during the negotiations that led to the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985. In 1987 he was appointed British High Commissioner to India, a post he held until his retirement 1991.
Having joined the Irish Genealogical Research Society in 1965, Sir David went on serve on its Council as an active and enthusiastic member from 1972. After his retirement in 1991, Sir David served as the Society’s third President, until 2012.
The full notice of the death of Sir David can be found here: http://www.irishancestors.ie/?p=7568.