David A. Thibault

(1939-2008)


David A. Thibault, of Potomac, MD, died March 13, 2008, at Georgetown University Hospital after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 68.

David was born in Springfield, MA to Gerard V. and Rita (Bowers) Thibault. At Commerce High School, David was a baseball star and the goalie on the Massachusetts State champion soccer team. He studied political science at Beloit College in Wisconsin and went on to pursue Russian studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
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In 1963, he began a political career in Boston, MA, as campaign manager for Endicott “Chub” Peabody in a successful run for governor and served as Special Assistant to the Governor. In 1968, when Peabody was appointed Assistant Secretary of Commerce, David moved to the District of Columbia with his young family.

David joined Earth Satellite Corporation (EarthSat) in 1971 and for most of his 34-year career, was EarthSat’s Executive Vice President.  David would never take credit for success, but his colleagues knew of his many contributions.  As part of EarthSat’s contract with NASA, David was responsible for obtaining the best of the 1990 Landsat imagery.  David traveled to every country that collects imagery from the Landsat satellites and negotiated deals to ship the best to EarthSat.  These images created the first global image mosaic of the world.  Updated versions of David’s work appear nightly on the evening news and are viewed daily by millions over the Internet. Dave retired in 2003 but continued as Senior Technical Advisor until April 2005.

David loved golf, scuba diving, fishing and spending time in Nantucket. He was passionate about politics, orchids, and life. David was an expert woodworker, a formidable volleyball player, and an avid Capitals and Redskins fan. He was a friend, a father, a brother, a grandfather, a husband, a leader, a teacher, and much more. He lived a wonderful but too short life.

David is survived by his wife, Judy Thibault Klevins of Potomac, MD, two children, Whitney Edwards of Sedalia Missouri and Andrew Thibault of Seattle Washington, from his first marriage to Lois (Longley) Thibault of the District of Columbia, two grandchildren Bradley and Sarah Edwards, and three siblings, Gerry Thibault of Palm Springs California, and Paul Thibault and Anne Thibault of Amelia Island Florida. His brother Tom passed away earlier this year.