We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of the Rev. David McAlpin Jr.

Rev. McAlpin was incredible leader and philanthropist.

As an Associate Pastor at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton, he began to work on social justice more than half a century ago.

He was a founder of Habitat for Humanity Trenton, worked on outreach to migrant workers in the Hightstown area, and created a program to teach job skills to prisoners to ease their reentry into the community. Rev. McAlpin helped established an integrated housing development in the Princeton area and worked on two integrated housing developments, “Glen Acres” in West Windsor and “Maplecrest” at Dempsey Avenue and Walnut Lane in Princeton.

Through his donor advised fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation, he generously supported many organizations, both locally and beyond our communities. As he wished, the remainder of his fund will now support our Community Impact Fund, which provides competitive grants to local organizations that are helping to address the needs of under-resourced and vulnerable individuals, families and communities, in perpetuity.

Rev. McAlpin was honored by the Community Foundation in 2015 with the Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service.

We mourn his loss, and we remember how his incredible generosity – generosity of time, generosity of resources, generosity of wisdom, and generosity of spirit – made a difference in so many lives.