The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation celebrated the legacy of David Krieger on March 14, 2024 at The Music Academy in Santa Barbara. A man of peace and a champion of nuclear abolition, David Malcolm Krieger dedicated his life to fostering a safer and more just world. Born on March 27, 1942, in Los Angeles, he earned a degree in Psychology from Occidental College before pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Hawaii.

Inspired by his trips to Japan, particularly to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, David committed himself to nuclear disarmament and peace advocacy. In 1982, he co-founded the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, leading it until his retirement in 2019. David’s extensive work aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of the nuclear age and the insanity of the nuclear arms race, earning him nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize ten separate years.

David is survived by his large and beautiful family, including his wife Carolee, children Jeff and Jonathon Krieger and Mara Sweeney, grandchildren, great-grandson, and brother, as well as his numerous nieces and nephews. His legacy lives on in the work of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and so many others that he inspired to strive and work for a better world, all around the world. The event featured tributes ranging in focus from David as a person to David as a nuclear abolitionist and peace leader. Welcome remarks by our President, Dr. Ivana Nikolić Hughes, poetry readings, musical performances (including by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary), a keynote address by Professor Richard Falk, and remarks from his brother Gary Krieger and son Jonathon Krieger. The program concluded with closing remarks by David’s daughter, Mara Sweeney, which was followed by a reception to honor David’s enduring impact.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation continues to pursue the mission that its founders set, to educate and advocate for a just and peaceful world, one that is free of nuclear weapons. Since its founding in 1982, NAPF has been at the forefront of global efforts to promote peace and nuclear disarmament, including most recently our efforts to promote and implement the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

For the event video and the video of tributes from around the world, please see below. For the full event transcript, please visit HERE.

Photos by Richard Carter

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