Dave Duval awoke politically in 1959 when he saw the movie, The Fountainhead. During a year off from Princeton University in 1960, he fell in with the Goldwater crowd in New Orleans and supported the Nixon campaign. Fending off an attack from some of Ted Kennedy’s thugs at a JFK rally and then poll watching on Election Day inspired a life-long love of political and verbal combat.
Dave returned to college, started the Princeton Conservative Club, brought many right-wing speakers to the campus, attended the first Human Events Political Action Conference and delivered 2 busloads of students to the first YAF rally at Madison Square Garden.
He spent the summer of 1961 working in a Congressional office and helping run the agitprop operation when a group of conservatives attempted to take over the National Student Association from the likes of Tom Hayden.
In his first couple of years on Wall Street, Dave devoted significant time to New Jersey’s insurgent group of young conservatives, the Rat Fink Society. They delivered half of the state’s delegates to the Goldwater win at the 1964 Republican Convention.
During Frank Meyer’s tenure as Book Editor of National Review, Dave wrote reviews for the magazine and joined The Philadelphia Society. He also raised funding to send “activists” to disrupt the first Communist Youth Festival held outside the Iron Curtain. Following some undercover work, he testified as a friendly witness before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
After 8 years on the Floor of the New York Stock Exchange with firms that included Carlisle & Jacquelin, Sutro Brothers and Glore Forgan Staats, Dave moved to Crested Butte, Colorado. The ski area had just been purchased by Bo Callaway, whom Dave had met in Republican politics. There, and subsequently in Denver, Dave spent 18 years in real estate brokerage and commercial development.
While in Denver, Dave took up distance running, completed 8 marathons, organized and put on Denver’s first charity race, which sent over 10,000 runners through the city in support of the Denver Symphony Orchestra. And he served on the Board of Directors of the Denver Chamber Orchestra.
After his right knee ended his running career the day after he qualified for Boston, Dave returned to rowing, a sport he’d begun in 9th grade at Exeter and also competed in for Princeton and the New York Athletic Club. A few years before leaving Denver, Dave co-founded the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club.
When he moved to California, Dave circled back to his Wall Street roots and opened his investment banking practice. Joining the San Diego Rowing Club, Dave resumed competitive rowing both on the water and on Concept2 ergometers, where he earned 9th and 6th place finishes in his age group at the world championship C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints.
He joined the founding board of Rivers of Recovery, a 501(c)(3) devoted to improving the lives of veterans with PTSD and TBI. Rivers was the first and likely is still the only veteran support group to run medical research studies to test (and prove) the long-term value of short periods of recreation in the rehab and recovery of its target population of vets.
Dave and his wife, Annie, met in 1989 while rowing in San Diego and have been inseparable ever since. They have 5 adult children and 2 granddaughters, the younger of whom is an aspiring veterinarian in northern New Mexico, where she delivered her first baby goat on her own at age 7.
Despite having left Colorado for San Diego in 1988, Dave remains an unapologetic, unreconstructed, fanatic Bronconoid – plus he’s an active private pilot and enthusiastic consumer of interesting, hops-infested beers.
In early 2015, thanks to Jameson Campaigne, Dave adopted a new cause: Turning Point USA. He views TP as the next, best hope of redirecting the tides of politics and government back in the direction of limited government and maximum individual freedom held by America’s Founding Fathers.