In Memory

David Mahan

David Mahan

Cincinnati - "Dave" beloved husband of Deborah Mahan (nee Emmich), dear brother of Jane (Richard) Morgan and the late Richard and Daniel Mahan, beloved son of the late Margret Lois Mahan (nee Reuscher), Dave was the aquarist at the Cincinnati Zoo Aquarium and a Senior Aquatic Biologist at the Newport Aquarium. He was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a US Army Veteran decorated by General Westmoreland. "Keeping a healthy aquarium is part science and part magic." In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite animal shelter, zoo, aquarium or help an animal. Animals were his favorite people. A memorial gathering will be at a later date.

--Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer, Apr. 22, 2018

David, who was born in 1942, passed away April 19, 2018.  

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04/25/18 01:47 PM #1    

Richard M. Brasington


Did not know Dave very well, but remember him as a good guy.  Noticed in the yearbook his nickname was "snake."  Interesting that his vey cool profession was with aquatic animals.  Funny how high school is not a predictor of what you become as a grownup.  Sad to see him gone from us.




04/26/18 11:40 AM #2    

Ronald Retzler

I remember alot of good times with Dave. It was very good to see him a recent 50? reunion it had been many years. Dave was a good  all around athlete and a kind person.

I remember going snake hunting with Dave and floating down The Little Miami River on a log along with many other good thoughts.

RIP may God Bless you.



04/26/18 02:39 PM #3    

Philip Goldman

I have memories of Dave at Woodward, he was a quiet, peaceful and powerful individual. Dave was a humble giant on the foodball field, a great athlete and not a chest thumper by any means. I last bumped into Dave while touring the aquarium in Kentucky many years ago,  he hadn't changed much at all, quiet, modest, tall, and in great shape, he loved his snakes and his work. I'm sure he will be missed by all, especially those in his family and close to him. God rest his soul.

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