A Letter from Lindsey Gilbert, Head of School
Dear Menaul School Community,
With incredible sadness I need to communicate with the Menaul School community that one of our long serving master teachers, Mr. David Mains, passed on Monday night, July 4, due to complications from long term heart disease.
Simply put, we are all extremely heartbroken at losing David from our lives. He was a great teacher, a reliable friend and joyful person. He was beloved by his students. I have already seen several student comments mourning David’s passing but remembering his interesting lessons, his positive attitude, his willingness to help all his students learn and his love for his students.Read more
I will miss David for many reasons, but I will always remember him for his puns and jokes when we greeted each other. It was happy “Moanday” on Monday and when he walked away from a meeting, “Well, I’m off, in more ways than one.” He gave me reason to chuckle every day.
Second, when my adopted son Jason joined Menaul School halfway through his freshman year, David helped smooth his transition by organizing a welcome gift and special orientation for Jason. Jason was literally terrified, but David’s behind-the-scene efforts helped Jason adapt quickly and eventually thrive. That was the essence of David Mains, doing good for others without ceremony and without being asked. He was a great soul who left a profound mark in our lives. A long term colleague, Sue Young, sent this Robert Burns poem which spoke to David’s character.
An honest man here lies at rest
As e’er God with his image blest;
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so informed:
If there’s another word, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
Please join his family in celebrating David’s life on Thursday, July 14 at 2 pm at French Funeral Home located at 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. Also, please pray for David’s family and all of us who will miss David so much.
Lindsey R. Gilbert, Jr
Head of School
David grew up in Westchester County, New York, near the United States Military Academy (West Point). He came to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico; in Albuquerque, he met the love of his life and stayed. David and his wife Mary have two grown sons, Gregory and Christopher. David often spoke of his granddaughter, Katelynn. He looked forward to the time he was able to spend with Katelynn and his sons every Saturday.
After graduating from UNM in 1974, David was hired by APS. He worked at Jefferson Junior High School, the Career Enrichment Center and Manzano High School teaching Math, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Computer Programming. He won the Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teachers from APS in 1993. He retired from APS after 25 years and started working at Menaul School.
David started teaching at Menaul School in 1999. In addition to being the Science Department Chair for numerous years, he has taught Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Physics, Robotics, Computer Programming, and Webpage Design. He was always involved, working with the students. He entered stats into the NMAA site for the track team and ran the scoreboard for home football games, along with sponsoring the Math Club, Robotics Club and Rocket Club.