David Fitzgibbon was an exemplary man of kindness and generosity, making a profound impact on the lives of many through his acts of goodwill.
He was a man who believed serving others was an honor. He never failed to fill the hearts of his family, friends and colleagues with praise, affirmation, kindness and unconditional love.
Early Life and Education
Early childhood education (ECE) is an invaluable investment that can set a child up for success. It encourages learning and development across multiple domains, such as social-emotional skills, cognitive abilities, physical health and mental wellbeing.
Research shows that children who attend ECE programs tend to achieve better academic outcomes and experience fewer crime and addiction issues than their non-attending peers. Their brains develop most rapidly between birth and eight years old, creating a critical window of opportunity for prepping them for future learning.
Early life experiences, such as healthy relationships with parents and caregivers in a safe environment, can have lasting effects on a child’s cognitive, social-emotional and physical development. Small class sizes and plenty of teacher interaction time help children build essential emotional skills such as self-assurance, self-regulation, positive self-belief and expression of emotions.
Fitzgibbon was an Irish lawyer with extensive expertise in corporate and capital markets transactions. He had particular expertise in public and private acquisitions, compliance and governance rules, cross-border mergers and joint ventures.
Dave was a kind and cheerful individual who always had a smile to share. His commitment to helping those in need showed through his institutional knowledge and warm presence which were invaluable to colleagues across campus.
David was passionate about increasing diversity, equity and inclusion at Moore College of Art & Design. To this end, he spearheaded several initiatives designed to create an inviting learning community where everyone felt welcome, created the first College-wide diversity, equity and inclusion climate survey and initiated conversations between students, faculty, staff and Board members.
Achievement and Honors
David Fitzgibbon was an inspirational figure who left a lasting legacy on both the University of Nebraska and its community. His generosity, kind nature, and genuine warmth always made others feel valued and accepted, creating an enduring legacy that continues to inspire those around him.
He was also an incredible artist. His vast body of video work invigorated the University of Nebraska, making it more widely recognized, essential in people’s lives and beloved by fans everywhere.
Dave was a kind man with an infectious smile. He always sought ways to help those around him. No matter what was going on in your life at the time, Dave made sure you felt at home with him.
David Fitzgibbon lived a life that radiated generosity, kindness and spirit. His infectious smile and infectious laugh shone brightly in the lives of those around him, making him an invaluable asset to those in need.
He was an inspirational achiever, always striving to reach his objectives. His positivity and drive made working with him a pleasure – something those who knew him will miss dearly.
David was not immune from loss, yet he never allowed it to define him. Tragic events struck him young when his brother Eric passed away at 10 years old and later during the passing of his parents. Yet David’s strength and grace will live on in the hearts of those close to him – his family members, colleagues at UNL and community alike.
Fitzgibbon was an amiable, generous man. He made everyone he encountered feel like they had known him for years and truly became one of his close friends.
He was always willing to listen and help people express their emotions or form meaningful connections. He exemplified what’s right in the world, leaving an indelible mark on UNL.
He was an organ and tissue donor, saving the lives of many. His generosity and kindness will be remembered forever by those he touched; inspiring students and colleagues to follow in his footsteps.