Upcoming Services

Dr. Maurice Reizen Sun Aug 21st at 1:00

View More



David Usher

David Usher, 92, of Detroit, Michigan, died on 07 April 2022.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Sunday, 10 April 2022 at 1:00 PM .

Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

Interment at Workmens Circle Cemetery.

Click for Directions for Cemetery

David (Dave) Usher, founder and chairman of Detroit’s Marine Pollution Control (MPC), a pioneer in cleaning up oil spills throughout the world, died peacefully in his home.

Usher, 92, a world expert in cleaning up oil spills, began MPC in 1968. The company assisted in the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska that dumped more than 10 million gallons of crude into Prince William Sound.

He was also assigned by former President George H.W. Bush to lead the cleanup of the Persian Gulf after Iraq’s president, Saddam Hussein, dumped oil into the gulf during the Iraq War (Desert Storm) in 1991.

Usher helped launch the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA), of which he served as president for many years. He was also president of the International Spill Control Organization (ISCO); a director of the Marine Response Alliance; vice chairman of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM); and director and past president of the Liquid and Industrial Waste Haulers and Processors.

Usher’s first career was in music. He worked as an A & R man for Argo Records, producing jazz greats such as James Moody, Ahmad Jamal, and Yusef Lateef. He enjoyed a 50-year friendship with the great jazz trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie. He traveled the world with Gillespie and produced some of the trumpeter’s music, and was a partner in Gillespie’s label, Dee Gee Records.

Besides the Exxon Valdez and Iraq projects, MPC assisted in Hurricane Katrina in 2005 –the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history – and the oil spill in 2010 in which a 30-inch pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Michigan, and contaminated Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. Usher is survived by four children: Lisa, Ellen (Michael Rancilio), Amy and Charles (Hope); seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Hannah Usher, siblings William, Morris, and Reva, daughter Mary Belinda, and ex wife/dear friend Althea Dionne Usher.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of David Usher may do so by making a contribution to:

Hebrew Memorial Chapel
26640 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
Click to Visit Charity Website