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E. Allan Davis 1916 ~ 2003 E. Allan Davis, of Alexandria, Virginia, Mathematics Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah, passed away January 26, 2003 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.  Born in 1916 in San Francisco to Irene Harrington and James Rudd Davis, he was the middle of three brothers. He attended Polytechnic High School, San Francisco Junior College, and the University of California at Davis and Berkeley, receiving his Ph.D. in 1951. After teaching for a few years at the University of Nevada at Reno, where he met his wife Kay Stirling of Lovelock, Nevada, he moved to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1955. His wife preceded him in death in March of 2000. While at the University of Utah, he also served at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. and taught for the US. Air Force at Lakenheath/Mildenhall Air Force Base in England. Professor Davis published several articles and two books. He served as Adjunct Professor of Management at the David Eccles School of Business, the President of the Faculty Senate, and as Acting Dean of the College of Science. He was regarded as an exemplary teacher and was selected at the University of Utah as the University Professor for 1983-84. He retired from teaching in 1995 with the rank of Professor Emeritus. During retirement, he lived in Lovelock, Twentynine Palms, California, and Alexandria. Allan Davis held lifelong interests in astronomy, music, politics, the military, and philosophy.  He is survived by three children: James Davis of the town of Bear River, Wyoming; Lt Col Robert Davis, USMC of Twentynine Palms; and Susan (Davis) Sutter of Alexandria; and two grandchildren.  A private memorial service was held at his daughter's home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Washoe Medical Foundation, 77 Pringle Way, Reno, Nevada 89502 for the E. Allan and Kay Davis Fund for Pediatrics.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 30, 2003
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