Lt. Col. David MacIsaac, USAF (Ret.) (1935-2014).

AuthorGropman, Alan
PositionObituary

Dr. David MacIsaac, a treasured military history professor at the Air Force Academy passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 25,2014. Dave served twenty-three years in the Air Force, retiring in 1981. He was raised in Somerville, Massachusetts and held degrees from Trinity College, Yale University, and Duke University. He studied at Duke when it housed the premier military history department in the United States under professors Ted Ropp and Bill Holley. Dave had four tours at the Academy, leaving in 1978 as tenured professor and Deputy Head of the History Department to an assignment as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the nation's capital, one of the most prominent think tanks in the world. Upon leaving Washington he became Chief, Military History Studies at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. During his Air Force career, he also served three years in Spain and one year in Vietnam.

Dave continued to serve the Air Force after retirement as a civil servant. He was Senior Research Associate at the Air Power Research Institute, in the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education, and later Associate Director of the Airpower Research Institute and Professor of Military History. Over Dave's long career as an exceptionally distinguished military historian and professor, he taught the intrinsic value of military history--the only school for the soldier--and also the value and shortcomings of air power to many students who became the most senior leaders in the Air Force and also other services who he reached in his various positions at the Air University.

Dave was also an outstandingly capable...

To continue reading

Request your trial