Jack Davison of Woodbridge, husband of Diana Katnack Davison for 62 years, who he always claimed was "the keystone of his happiness," passed away peacefully at home on April 22, 2013 after an eight month fight to recover from strokes he suffered last September. Born in St. Louis on May 12, 1929, Jack was the son of Harold and Margaret Davison, and brother of Peggy Davison McClure and Ted McClure of St. Louis, and Fred and Marion Katnack of Oldwick, New Jersey. Jack graduated from University City High School in 1947 and from Princeton University in 1951. Jack attended several graduate school programs at Harvard, Stanford and Wesleyan Universities. A passionate educator and inspiring youth leader, Jack was a high school history teacher for 41 years and football coach for 32 years, teaching and coaching at St. Louis Country Day School, Groton School, Choate School, Hillhouse and Richard C. Lee High Schools in New Haven, Hamden High School and Darien High School, where he retired from his career in 1992. Many of Jack's football teams had undefeated seasons and earned district, conference and state championships. Jack and Diana also taught abroad at the Cairo America College from 1983-1985.At the time of his death, they had visited a total of 72 countries. In addition to his beloved wife, Jack is survived by his four children, Deborah, Hal, Melissa and Sarah, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A Celebration of Jack Davison's life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 12 noon at the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, 34 West Main Street in Milford. In lieu of flowers, please make donations honoring Jack to American Friends Service Committee, whose worldwide programs support peace, justice and human dignity. The Davison Family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Peter Huvelle, the staff of Coachman's Square in Woodbridge, and to the VITAS Innovative Hospice Care for providing Jack and his family with compassionate and dignified care.
Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 28, 2013