By the end of WWII in 1945, the position of Honorary Secretary of the Geelong Art Gallery Association remained vacant. The position was soon filled in 1946 by local businessman Alan David who was later also appointed to the role of Honorary Treasurer.
David was a Major in the Australian Army and an accountant and company auditor by trade. He volunteered at Geelong Gallery for 30 years, retiring in 1975. David was also a key figure in the Victorian Public Galleries Group (VPGG), and worked hard to raise the profile of regional art galleries in the state.
David passed away in 2005 but his legacy lives on both in and out of Geelong Gallery. David’s daughter, Susan Sutton, is a regional artist, whose oil paintings depict the coastal culture of the Great Ocean Road. Her work Winter. Waiting for the 8.27, Geelong Railway Station joined the Geelong Gallery's permanent collection in 2008.