David was born September 27, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois and graduated high school in 1958. After graduation, he enrolled at Prairie View A&M University and joined the Football team. After lettering in football and becoming a great scholar-athlete, David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology from the university in 1963. He then went on to earn a Master of Science degree from Kansas State College and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.
In his quest to give back to his community, Kirkpatrick began his teaching career at Prairie View A&M University in 1968 and moved through the ranks as a tenured Associate Professor Department of Engineering Technology and Head of Department. He retired in 2016 after forty-eight years of distinguished service.
Kirkpatrick lived in Prairie View for more than 40 years, where he raised his four children. His concern for academic excellence for the children of the community caused him to seek public office as a member fo the Waller ISD Board of Trustees. He was elected in 1996 and served in various positions to include Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Board. He was later awarded a distinguished service award for his commitment and dedication to the advancement of education throughout the district.
Dr. Kirkpatrick and his wife are members of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View where he served as Superintendent of the Sunday School, member of the Vestry, Junior Warden, Lay Minister and Reader, and coordinator for the Brotherhood of St. Andrews.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Loraine, two sons - David Jr. and Dwight, two daughters - Deneyse and Deleanor and seven grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.