David Civali, 48, a former French teacher at the Potomac School and Gonzaga College High School, died of complications from HIV on Nov. 9 at his home in Wheaton.

Mr. Civali was born in Meriden, Conn., and graduated from Georgetown University in 1979. He taught foreign languages for four years at Gonzaga College High School in Washington and then went back to school.

In 1989, he received a master's degree in French literature from Yale University, including a one-year scholarship to l'Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris.

He taught languages at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., for a year, returning to the Washington area in 1990 to teach at the Potomac School in McLean.

He chaired the Foreign Language Department and served as academic dean of the upper school. The 1992 graduating class dedicated its yearbook to Mr. Civali. He retired in 1997 and served on the school's board of trustees until this spring.

Although occasionally slowed by his illness, Mr. Civali often volunteered with the Martha's Table literacy program. In his retirement, he continued to tutor.

Survivors include his partner, Daniel Trujillo of Wheaton; his father, Alphone Civali of Meriden; a sister; and three brothers.

The Potomac School's Class of 1992 dedicated its yearbook to French teacher David Civali, 48.