David Loveday, of Villa Park, IL, was born June 17, 1956 and passed away on July 3, at the age of 65. He was a long-time strategist for a range of public officials and organizations in Illinois and nationally. Through the years, Loveday applied his talents as an aide in the Reagan White House, a US point-man in Africa helping save lives during the famines of the 1980s and a widely respected advisor to agencies and campaigns empowering and uplifting people here and throughout the world. A giving husband, father of three and brand new grandfather, Loveday served his local communities as a volunteer fireman and President of the local hockey league, which he played avidly for years.
Loveday’s wide-ranging career in public service began when he was brought in as one of the earliest members of the Reagan transition team in 1980. He later administered all US federal disaster aid in Ethiopia and Sudan, traveling extensively in Africa. Loveday was also called on to work closely with senior officials in Mongolia and Iraq, advancing human rights and fair elections. He held senior staff positions on more than 10 statewide and national campaigns, oversaw public relations and media for the second largest US transit system and served as External Affairs Director for the second largest American tollway system. Those who knew Loveday praise him for upholding his deeply held principles. Though he found himself pulled close to political controversies churning in Illinois, he maintained his integrity with no hint of personal accusations.
For the past 15 years, Loveday managed public affairs for the global Water Quality Association. In that position, he developed innovative approaches to help ensure safe and clean water for local communities nationwide facing crises. “Dave was an especially gifted person who used his gifts so well, transforming an extraordinary stream of positive ideas into real world projects,” said a local entrepreneur who collaborated with Loveday. “Even more importantly, he generously brought people together to make these plans successful.” Other remembrances from those who knew him best: Funny. Intuitive. Smart. Well-liked and respected by everyone. Infectious smile. Inclusive. Welcoming.
Loveday met his future wife Natalie while they both worked at the White House. One of the many thank you letters the family has framed is one from President Reagan saying: “On a happy note, they say you get out of an undertaking what you put into it. Well, Dave, you gave us your dedication and service and we, in turn, gave you Natalie. I would say that definitely is a fair trade!” They were married for more than 35 years and raised three children, Drew, Cate and Emily.
A native of New York, Loveday graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a BA Degree in communications in 1979. He will be forever remembered with love by his wife and children, his grandson, brother Jeff (Terri), nephew Jamison (Sarah), niece Kelsey and grand-niece Millie. He was predeceased by his parents Ray and Jeanne and sister Laura. Memorial arrangements are being made.
Six honored by IWA
Six outstanding scientists, individuals and organizations were announced as winners of the prestigious IWA Awards during the recent Digital World Water Congress. Renowned academic Professor Marcos von Sperling won the IWA Global Water Award, which recognizes an innovative leader who has made a significant contribution to a water-wise world. Professor von Sperling, from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, won the award for his work on wastewater and water pollution. His research, which has influenced policy in Latin America and beyond, has inspired many students, researchers and policy-makers. The IWA Women in Water Award, which celebrates the work of women in the field of water, has been won by sanitation advocate Nafisa Barot. The award also promotes greater inclusion and female leadership in the sector. Nafisa was recognized for using her role at NGO Utthan in Gujarat, India to influence people and policies around water, gender justice and sustainable development. Malaysian sewerage company Indah Water Konsortium won the IWA Professional Development Award for their exceptional record of developing and retaining talent in the sector. Renowned scientist and engineer Dr. Siddhartha Roy was recognized for winning the IWA Young Leadership Award, which had been announced earlier this year. The award is granted to an exceptional young water professional for their achievements, leadership and future potential. Moreover, two exceptional individuals were awarded IWA Honorary Life Membership, for their sustained contribution to the water sector and the Association. Those recognized were Professor Jiri Wanner, from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic and Professor Mark van Loosdrecht from Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands.
2020 US SJWP winner, runners-up announced
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced that Eshani Jha has won the 2020 US Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her method to use modified biochar for the removal of toxic contaminants from water. Jha won $10,000 (USD) and will represent the US at the international competition this month. Students from 43 states, armed forces abroad and Puerto Rico competed in the national finals during a virtual event. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research and aims to increase students’ interest in water issues and careers. The competition is open to projects focused on improving water quality, resource management, protection and drinking water and wastewater treatment. Runner-up Jessica Yan, a student at The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Starkville, MS, developed a method to reinforce lignin foams to increase absorption of heavy metals and oil. The foam strength improved by more than twelvefold and adsorption capabilities improved by 10 percent. Yan received a $1,000 prize.
Runner-up Julius Yoh, a student at Manhasset Secondary School in Manhasset, NY, developed a process for the optimization of desalination and ion removal rates in an electrodialysis system. He received a $1,000 prize. Junzhi Xie of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD, received the Bjorn von Euler Award for Innovation in Water from Xylem, Inc. for developing a method for removing microplastic particles from wastewater using phytoremediation. The majority of recovered particles were absorbed onto the surface roots and fronds of duckweed, with little evidence of accumulation inside the plant. Shemai’ya Peak, a student at Stanhope Elmore High School in Milbrook, AL, received the James L. Condon Recognition for Environmental Stewardship for her work, an experiment on how to effectively convey the importance of water conservation and investigate how free-flowing channels of water and manmade/stationary bodies of water differ in pH and light absorption. She also gauged the ability of the water bodies to absorb light at different wavelengths, consequently determining their health status.