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Dr. Wayne H. Davis Obituary
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July 20, 2018

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July 7, 2017
Today, July 7, 2017, I had decided to extend belated thanks to Dr. Davis for his influence on me during an undergraduate class in the fall of 1962, when I was saddened to learn of his recent passing.

I want his family and friends to know that his biology lectures in the Funkhouser Building were appreciated by many students like me.

One of his lectures has particularly resonated with me all these years. He handed out a copy of the now famous 1953 Watson-Crick paper on DNA structure and asked us to note a particular sentence near the end of the short paper:

"It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material."

Dr. Davis said that sentence would become one of the greatest understatements in the history of biology, and it surely has.
July 7, 2017
Today, July 7, 2017, I had decided to contact Dr. Davis to belatedly thank him for fond memories of an undergrad class I took with him in the fall of 1962, when I was saddened to find his obituary.

I am sorry I did not thank him before his passing, so I want his family and friends to know of his influence on me during that class, and I am sure many other then undergraduates were also thankful for his lectures.

What has struck with me over all these years was a lecture where he handed out copies of the then recent, now famous, Watson-Crick paper on the structure of DNA. He asked us to note a sentence mear the end of the short paper, where the authors suggested that their discovery might have significant implications for the future of biology: "It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material." Dr. Davis said that would become one of the most famous understatements in the history of biology, and it surely was.

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May 6, 2017
Thank you everyone for your thoughts and memories. It means a lot to us, it really does.

Carolyn Davis Johnson
April 10, 2017
I always think of Wayne when I see his bat boxes in the Arboretum. He will be missed by birds, bats, friends, and family.
Sue Beard