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David Batty, 80

March 8, 2013
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A memorial service was held in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday, February 23, for David Batty, who died February 11, 2013 at the age of 80.  He was the beloved husband of Gayle Appelgate Batty for 38 years.  David was born in Northumberland, England a few years before the outbreak of World War II, during which he survived the many bombing raids but suffered the loss of his father at an early age.  David attended Durham University where he received a classic education.  After graduation he joined the British army, was recruited to serve in the Intelligence Corps and became fluent in Russian.  Upon completing his tour of duty, he returned to graduate school and attained the highest degree offered in England in Library Science.  He was co-founder of the national College of Librarianship Wales and served as Head of Information Studies.  In the early 70's, David accepted an offer of a full professorship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and moved there with his young family of two sons, Philip and Miles.  In 1974 David married Gayle Appelgate Araghi, who moved to Canada with her daughter Sarah.  The family moved to Maryland in 1976 where he continued his teaching career at the University of Maryland and Catholic University and started a consulting company, CDB Enterprises, Inc., which he operated with Gayle.  The company specialized in information system and library design, particularly the construction and maintenance of thesauri, taxonomies and controlled index languages.  They completed many projects in both the private and public sectors in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Jamaica, Trinidad, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.  He remained active in his profession, and published over 75 articles and a number of books. In retirement David pursued his love of performing and composing music, as well as myriad other interests ranging from cooking to gardening to poetry writing.  He was a devoted family man and initiated formal proceedings to adopt Sarah to affirm her place in the family and in his heart.  He was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2005 but looked always to the future with optimism. He is survived by his wife, Gayle, of Maryland; children, Philip (wife, Lina) of the United Arab Emirates; Miles, of North Carolina, and Sarah, of Maryland.  Also surviving are his three grandchildren: Tamara, Chloe, and Caitlin.  The service was held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, MD and attended by Gayle’s family:  Bruce and Mary Appelgate, Merlyn and Connie Appelgate, and Vivian LeVier.   Online condolences are at    


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