Dave Bishop, former legislator representing the City of Rochester in the Minnesota House of Representatives, died August 3rd, 2020 at the age of 91. He was a high-energy, independent-minded lawyer whose tireless efforts to help people benefitted the city and state as a whole.
David Tyre Bishop was born March 09, 1929, in Syracuse, New York to Wesley and Elva (Tyre) Bishop. Dave's lifelong pursuit of education began in Syracuse, where he graduated from Nottingham High School. He was a 1951 graduate of Hamilton College and received a J.D. from Cornell University Law School specializing in International Affairs in 1954 and a Master degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government in 1991.
It was at a spring dance in 1953 that Dave met fellow Cornell student, Beatrice Habberstad of Rochester, Minnesota. A whirlwind romance ensued first in Ithaca, New York, then in Paris, France culminating in their engagement and marriage on July 24, 1954 at the First Presbyterian Church of Rochester.
Following their marriage, Dave began his professional career with the law firm of Furlow, Pemberton and Michaels, becoming a partner in 1956. Although Dave's law practice often involved divorce cases, he focused first on attempting reconciliation between spouses, believing that negotiation and compromise could save many marriages. Dave soon became involved in the civic and social organizations of his newly adopted hometown. He was most proud of the work he did as 'founding president' and Co-chairman of the YMCA building committee.
Dave withdrew from active law practice in January 1976 to pursue a real-estate development business that eventually encompassed extensive residential and commercial properties.
A self-described Eisenhower Republican, Dave worked behind the scenes of the area Independent-Republican party until 1982 when an opening presented itself in the form of a vacated seat representing the 33B District. Dave won the tight race and enthusiastically set off to start making 'good laws' for the city and state he loved. He expected to serve for two years but stayed for 20.
As a legislator, Bishop called himself a member of the "bridge-building caucus." He chose to make cross-party cooperation his norm while occasionally demonstrating partisanship--rather than the other way around. Known for his sense of humor and his ability to see all sides of every issue, Bishop earned respect from both parties along with that of the citizens of Minnesota whose praise meant the most to him.
Dave retired from public service in 2002, after which the Bishop's enjoyed traveling the world. and spending time with their 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren at their lake home in Wisconsin.
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I regarded David as a dear friend and wonderful legislative mentor. He always had ideas and expressed them with enthusiasm. When there were rocks in the road and a bit of apparent temper arose, you (or at least I) knew it was skin deep and a bit of a tease would usually bring a big smile. David was passionate about issues he cared for and even in the minority got things done often based on pure persistence. He was a great legislator and not infrequently is the subject of conversation when legislators talk about former members. Thank you David for what you did and how you did it. You were an inspiration to me and many. You left our city and our state a better place. Your life was truly a life worth living.