David James Dooling “Jim”, passed away on February 21, 2023 at the age of 81. Jim is predeceased by his parents, H. David Dooling and Elanor (Devine) Dooling.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carol (Day) who he shared a marriage with for 57 years with “never a cross word” as Jim would say. He is also survived by his daughter, Jessica, and took much pride and love in her. His love of family was evident throughout his life and he always took the time to attend family events. Jim is survived by his brother, John Dooling and his wife Pamela of East Syracuse, NY, Betty Ann Stark of DeWitt, NY, and Katie Cusick of Syracuse, NY, a niece and 7 nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews, several cousins and may other dear family members and friends.
Jim was born in Syracuse, NY, and attended St. John the Evangelist High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. Bernard’s in Rochester, NY. Jim earned his masters and doctorate degrees in experimental psychology from SUNY Buffalo.
He taught at Kent State University from 1969-1976. Jim went on to Bell Laboratories and relocated his family to NJ, settling in Fair Haven. He worked at Bell Laboratories from 1976 until retirement in 1993. In retirement, Jim was an adjunct professor at Kean University.
Jim’s family and friends miss his charismatic personality, his varied interests, and his generous spirit. He was a spectacular storyteller, kind, generous and loved laughing – which always started with a distinct “whoop”. Jim had a wonderful sense of humor and a genuine interest in people, always being present when in your company. He always loved an audience, and his driving tours of NYC and NJ were legendary, as factual as they were entertaining. He was passionate about Broadway, Opera, Movies, and travel.
A Memorial Gathering will be held at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701 at a later date.