David Carney, United Nations economist, died in Southampton, on May 8, 2014. He earned five degrees between 1945 and 1952. His early career included roles as a high school teacher, high school headmaster in Ghana, and statistician in the Nigerian government.
He arrived in the U.S. in 1953, from Sierra Leone, for a professorship at Lincoln University. He also taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Franklin & Marshall and Antioch colleges and earned a Ph.D.
Dr. Carney returned to Sierra Leone as government Economic Advisor, starting in 1961. Between 1963 and 1984, he worked in West Africa, East Africa and the West Indies, through the UN agencies of UNDP, WHO and FAO.
He authored several books on economics, philosophy, religion and a literary memento mori to his wife Helen, after her death in 1976. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Rotary International and a lifetime member of the Royal Economic Society.
Dr. Carney retired to Sag Harbor in 1985, to pursue many interests, including collecting books ranging from alternative medicine to philosophy. In this electronic age, Dr. Carney’s personal mission was preservation of the written word. He was always ready with a word of advice for those close to him; writing regular letters to the editor for those farther afield. He had been an active member of the Coalition of Neighborhoods for the Preservation of Sag Harbor and volunteered with the Sag Harbor Food Pantry.
Dr. Carney was predeceased by his second wife Ellen, and is survived by two children and two grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bridgehampton Senior Center on August 28, at 11 a.m. The family suggests donations to the Bridgehampton Senior Center in Bridgehampton, the John Jermain Memorial Memorial Library in Sag Harbor or UNICEF. Condolences may be posted on the obituary webpage of Yardley & Pino Funeral Home after Sunday, August 25.