LAKELAND - Dr. David Navarre Reif-snyder, age 82, died from internal injuries following a vehicle accident on December 27th., 2017. David was born in Mexico City to missionary parents and was raised in Venezuela and Colombia, South America. He came to the U.S. when he was 14 years old to attend high school and college.
He graduated from Columbia University in New York City and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Reifsnyder served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, then went on to become a founding professor at the University of South Florida's medical school. He was a physician at the Tampa Veteran's Hospital, and Chief of Medicine at Bay Pines V.A. Hospital.
Dr. Reifsnyder had a private practice in Clearwater, FL for many years, followed by several years of private practice in Lakeland, FL. He was board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and also specialized in travel medicine. Tennis, reading, and travel were his passions. He traveled the world with his wife and family. His most recent adventure was Antarctica.
David is survived by his wife Nellda and his children Esther Gross-man (husband Dovid), Pete Weber (wife Patricia), Bruce Weber (wife Dena), Nellda Clark (husband Jeff Clark), 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Friends are welcome to participate in a Celebration of Life at Grasslands Country Club on Friday January 5th at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Hearth Project of Polk County (P.O. Box 391, Bartow FL 33830) or the Southern Poverty Law Center. (http://www.splcenter.org).