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William R. Davidson

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DAVIDSON William R. Davidson, age 93, of Columbus, passed away peacefully at his home, on Friday, December 7, 2012. In addition to his parents William and Clara Davidson, Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife Anne and his sisters Maureen Stone and Maxine Booker. He is survived by loving daughters, Joyce (Dr. Carlos) Daughaday of St. Louis, MO and Judy (Dick) Hoye of Fort Myers, Fl; sister, Margery (Lloyd) Purcell of Topeka, KS; brother-in-law, Nils (Dr. Beverlee) Anderson; cherished nieces, Mel Nolker, Laurie Tiffany and Ginnie Booker, and nephew, Bob Stone; and devoted care-givers, Ernesto Rodriguez, Melissa Paulk, Serenity Sparkman and Nayla Vaagenes. Bill was born and lived in Kansas until 1941 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until 1945 as a carrier pilot in the Pacific, earning a Presidential Commendation, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war Bill pursued advanced degrees in Marketing, earning his Ph.D. at OSU, where he joined the faculty and taught until 1972. He authored numerous articles and leading textbooks in Marketing and Retailing. By then he was inter-nationally recognized as a leading expert in Retailing Management. He co-founded and served as Chairman of Management Horizons, and continued as Chairman after the company's acquisition by Price Waterhouse until his retirement in 1990. He later provided guidance as the company transitioned back to private ownership as Retail Forward. In recognition of his many accomplishments the annual "W.R Davidson Award" is granted to the author of the best article published in the Journal of Retailing. Over the years Bill was actively involved in numerous organizations including the American Marketing Association and Trinity Episcopal Church where he served in leadership positions. Bill was a great fan of OSU football; enjoyed golf; and travelled all over the world. Most of all, Bill was a man who was loved and admired by all who knew him. Service of remembrance will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The William R. Davidson Doctoral Fellowship in Marketing at The Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business, 110 Pfahl Hall, 280 Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH 43212-1144). Visit www.schoedinger.com to leave a special memory or to express condolences.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2012
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