David Pond Forsyth was born October 2, 1930 to Sterling C. Forsyth and Abigail Pond. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He received his master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.
Forsyth served a mission for the LDS Church to England and Wales, and served in the Information Division of the US Army for three years in Heidelberg, Germany. After returning to the US, he taught at Iowa, Northwestern, and Columbia College. He was a manager of Communications Research at Chilton Company in Philadelphia, Executive Vice President of Hagen Communications in New Jersey, and the Executive Vice President of Research for McGraw-Hill Inc. in New York City.
He later returned to BYU in September 1990 as the Chair of the Communications Department, and served until November 1995. During his time as chair, the department became fully accredited. He retired from BYU in 1997 to become CEO of the Forsyth Group, Inc.
At the age of thirty-seven, Forsyth was name one of the Outstanding Young Men of America by the US Junior Chamber of Commerce. In 2000, he received the BYU Alumni Association Special Recognition Award from the Alumni Association, which he had been a member, and then president, of from 1985 to 1991. He received a Distinguished Service Award from BYU in 1975, and was also named as one of the top 100 researchers in the US by Advertising Age. Forsyth served on the Advisory Board of KSL-TV in Salt Lake City and New York City, and was awarded the McGraw-Hill Distinguished Achievement Award for Electronic Market Research Applications. He is the author of the book The Business Press in America.
He married Carmela Dawn Tanner on May 6, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had four children.
Forsyth passed away August 14, 2001, at the age of seventy.