David L. Brigham, 82, an advocate for disabled people who as an official of the Labor Department was instrumental in establishing programs for the disabled, died of an aortic aneurysm Sept. 6 at Montgomery General Hospital.
Mr. Brigham retired from the Department of Labor in 1989 after 20 years' service. Earlier in his career, he had been vice president of the First National Bank of Maryland, director of alumni relations at the University of Maryland and an official of the Department of Agriculture in Missouri and Iowa.
He was born in Washington and was a lifelong resident of Ashton. He graduated from Sherwood High School and the University of Maryland. Before World War II, he began his federal career at the Department of Agriculture. During the war, he served in an Army combat infantry unit in the Far East.
As an advocate for disabled people, Mr. Brigham was chairman of the People to People International program, president of Rehabilitation International and a member of the board of directors of the Easter Seals Society. He had worked with the President's Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities.
Mr. Brigham was a volunteer speaker, specializing in historical, patriotic and motivational concerns. He was a founder of "To Promote Good Will," a Baltimore-based television program that featured Protestant, Catholic and Jewish clergy. He was a lay leader, Sunday school teacher and chairman of the building program at Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church in Olney.
He was also a writer, woodsman and gardener.
He was a member of the American Legion in Brookeville and a former department commander of the Maryland American Legion. He had served on the first Maryland Veterans Commission.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gladys Beall Brigham of Ashton; three children, David Brigham of Ashton, Julie Kolanowski of Ocean Pines, Md., and Pat Spilman of Brookeville; a sister, Marjorie Miller of Barre, Vt.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.