David Fechtor, Director
David comes to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts with more
than eight years' experience in adult education, most recently at the Boston
Center for Adult Education, where he was the Director of Education; at Newton
Community Education (Newton, MA), where he was an Adult Program Coordinator;
and at Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, CA), where he was an Interim Coordinator
of Noncredit Education and Community Programs.
An accomplished program planner and project manager, David had a number of
successful careers before discovering the joys of adult education. During a
10-year stint in the motion picture industry, he supervised the design and editing
of foley sound effects for more than a dozen theatrical features, including
Big, Johnny Handsome, and Big Trouble in Little China,
and edited dozens of trailers, commercials, and corporate promotional reels.
After leaving the film business in 1989, he spent several years in marketing
communications, first as Copy Director for one of Greater Hartford's leading
advertising agencies, then as the first in-house Copywriter for one of Connecticut's
most well-respected product and packaging design firms. He later served as the Vice
President of Hartford's oldest lumberyard, and as a Project Manager for a company that
produced leading-edge interactive training films and video-based educational software.
David has performed as a guest artist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, studied mime
in Paris with Etienne Decroux (the teacher of Marcel Marceau), and earned membership in
Hollywood's famed Magic Castle. He received his A.B. in Psychology and Social Relations
from Harvard College, and his M.F.A. in Cinema and Television Production from the
University of Southern California.
He is now putting his creative and organizational skills to good use at Tufts,
helping to build on the Osher LLI's already firm foundation by developing new audiences,
a greater variety of classes, and an expanded commitment to community awareness and