Assistant professor of computer science David Bostain, who had worked at Mercer for 30 years, died suddenly at his home on April 7, according to an email sent to the university community the following week.
A professional teacher since 1970, Professor Bostain was known for encouraging his students to go beyond what they thought they could achieve. According to his niece, “teaching was what he loved most in life”.
The notification sent to college employees stated that “Dave has been known to raise the bar in his classroom, pushing students to reach their full potential in challenging computer science courses.” He also noted that his niece said “teaching was her most favorite thing in life”.
According to Professor of Information Systems at Rider University Jia Shen, “David was highly respected by our students and was well known for his expertise on a variety of IS/IT topics, his hands-on approach to teaching technology and his willingness to go the extra mile to help students.”
In an email, MCCC student government president Christian Perez, who had Professor Bostain as a teacher, said he was “greatly inspired” and “appreciated” by him. Perez says he plans to push for “a banner to be created for [Professor Bostain’s] former and current students to sign if they wish” to honor his memory.
In addition to teaching, Professor Bostain was a partner in Systems Consulting Company, CB Thinkx LLC and worked for IBM where he provided technical sales support for the MQSeries product line.
He also worked for 20 years for the Educational Testing Service where he led the systems programming team. It was during his time at ETS in 1988 that he was involved in the patenting of a new image processing system, designed to process data from paper forms and store it digitally for future use.
Professor Bostain was also a certified flight instructor, aerobatic pilot and professional musician.