Dr David Charles Christophel Notable Cruise Industry Death

Dr David Charles Christophel Notable Cruise Industry Death
Dr David Charles Christophel
Dr David Charles Christophel

Dr David Charles Christophel, 70, died on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Christophel,  an American by birth, originally from Oelwein, Iowa, who lived in Adelaide, South Australia, is a notable cruise industry death.

He studied art and photography at arts school in London and after two years won his first booking as a photographer on a cruise ship, spending four months touring the world.

He married Annabel in about 1970 and they migrated to Canada where David undertook post-graduate work in taxonomy and paleobotany at the University of Alberta.

He was also a father, husband, lover of dogs, who spent nearly 30 years teaching at the University of Adelaide.

In 1996 he was awarded the Stephen Cole The Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching, when two of his colleagues attributed him for inspiring them to teach.

He was published in numerous scientific journals and was renowned for his work relating to fossil leaves and uncovering evidence of a tropical rainforest in south-east Australia that existed during the Eocene Epoch about 40 million years ago.

A charismatic man often known as “the American” by those who shopped at his bookstore in Adelaide’s foothills. He adopted Adelaide as his hometown decades ago and whose passion created one of the most popular book exchanges in South Australia.A charismatic man often known as “the American” by those who shopped at his bookstore in Adelaide’s foothills. He adopted Adelaide as his hometown decades ago and whose passion created one of the most popular book exchanges in South Australia.