Attending a conference that had David Tittsworth as a speaker meant you were in for a pleasant one-two punch: You were going to
be informed and entertained. Tittsworth
combined Capitol Hill, industry and
legal smarts with a charismatic and theatrical presence, making the often mundane financial services compliance and
regulatory world lively.
The former longtime president and CEO
of the Investment Adviser Association in
Washington died Wednesday at age 66
after a long battle with multiple myeloma.
Industry officials and members of
the advisory community were quick to
weigh in with their condolences and
fond memories of Tittsworth, who was
also an accomplished pianist and vocalist and an avid cyclist.
“David will be remembered as a
passionate, dedicated, articulate, and
effective advocate for the investment
advisory community and for the impor-
tance of fiduciary advice,” said Karen
Barr, IAA’s president and CEO, in a
note to IAA members. “Over the nearly
two decades I worked with him, David
became not just my colleague and men-
tor, but a valued and cherished friend.”
A native of Kansas, Tittsworth gradu-
ated from the University of Kansas and
the University of Kansas School of Law.
Prior to joining the IAA, he served a sig-
nificant portion of his professional career
in the public sector, where he held posi-
tions in all three branches of government.
He began his legal career as a
research attorney for the Kansas Court
of Appeals in 1978. Thereafter, he held
various positions in Kansas state government, including chief counsel of the
Department of Transportation.
Upon moving to Washington in 1987,
Tittsworth first was an associate House
Budget Committee staffer. He accepted
a position as senior counsel to the House
Subcommittee on Transportation, Trade
and Hazardous Materials in 1989. In
1991, he left Capitol Hill to become gen-
By Melanie Waddell
David Tittsworth Remembered for
‘Wit, Warmth and Wisdom’
The Capitol Hill veteran and industry leader kept advisors and
others both well informed and entertained.
A talented pianist, Tittsworth performed at many IAA yearly events. (Photo: IAA)