W. David Lautenschlager, PhD: 2023 Hall of Fame Alumni, Class of 1962

A change in his career focus earned W. David Lautenschlager, Class of 1962, great respect on top of stellar achievements in his original accomplishments as a college professor.

After earning his BA from Oberlin, followed by his MA at the University of Wisconsin and his PhD at Washington University, he became a college professor at Oberlin, Swarthmore and Kalamazoo teaching German literature.

However, when academia began eliminating foreign language requirements from their degree programs, David began searching for comparable intellectual work in a different area, healthcare informatics.

His goal became reducing the cost and using big data and analytic software to improve healthcare outcomes. From 1991 -2010, he held senior VP level positions with Reuters Healthcare Division and was the winner of four core skill awards.

David was an active volunteer and mentor to colleagues throughout his professional life. In retirement, he authored several online courses for Lingos, which offers world-class online educational opportunities for many organizations and non-profits. His efforts centered around helping others learn management skills for large scale projects, such as water sanitation and malaria prevention initiatives.

He and his wife Cecelia were leaders in launching Washtenaw Refuge Welcome, which helped provide basic household necessities, career planning services and legal assistance to refugee families.

At RHS, Davis was named “Best All ‘Round Male” and was President of Student Council and Scholarship Club. He was a member of National Honor Society and Key Club. He earned letters in track and basketball, for which he was one of the starting five on the team.

David and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have a daughter Courtney and son Nim.


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