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Longtime Morris Museum Geology Curator Dies at 86

David Nalven spent 34 years living in Mendham.

David Nalven was an explorer and a courageous battler.

The 86-year-old Mendham resident died after a six-year battle with Stage IV lung cancer.

Nalven spent the past 34 years living in Mendham and worked for many years with AT&T. Nalven’s hobby as a fossil hunter and collector grew much larger when he was given a volunteer position as the Geology Curator at the Morris Museum for the past 24 years.

The tennis lover is survived by his wife, Goldie, four children and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. at the Morris Museum. Memorial donations can be made to the Morris Museum or Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center. 

Information provided by Bailey Funeral Homes. 

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