David Allen Kay, accomplished photographer

August 16, 2022

David Allen Kay, 82, passed from this life Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, David graduated from the University of Texas and attained a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He had a full and varied professional life, serving in the Department of State and holding positions at UNESCO, Paris, and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He headed the Iraq Survey Group in the wake of the second Gulf War. David taught at several universities and consulted widely on arms control issues.

David loved travel and good food, and he was an accomplished and passionate photographer. After moving to Ocean View, David especially enjoyed photographing the surfers at the North Indian River Inlet, the dogs being walked in his community, or sunrise over the ocean at Bethany Beach.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Hall Kay; daughter, Karen Kay Simmons and husband Clif; and two grandchildren, Parker and Skylar Simmons.

David’s life will be celebrated privately by his family.

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