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Davidson, Dr. Michael J. Of Wellesley, on January 20, 2015. Beloved husband of Dr. Terri Halperin. Dear son of Susan B. and Robert M. Davidson. Devoted father of Kate, Liv and Graham. Dear brother of Hillary Davidson and her husband Jordan Goldstein. Devoted son in law of Gunilla and Sheldon Halperin. Services at Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Rd., Wellesley, on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am. Interment at Beit Olam East Cemetery, Wayland. Memorial observance will be announced at the service. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to The Dr. Michael J. Davidson Family Fund c/o RTN Federal Credit Union,600 Main Street, Waltham MA, 02452 or stop by an RTN branch to make your contribution. Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors brezniakrodman.com "Family Owned"


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Published in Boston Globe from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, 2015.
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January 4, 2021
Thinking of you, the tragic loss of your life around this time 6 years ago, and your family that lives on. Love and peace I pray for your family. Dr. Davidson, may your courageous soul and spirit continue to shine bright.
Angela Perry
November 25, 2019
I think of your parents and Hillary every day. I hope that some how
it reaches them in a soothing, comforting effect on them. Your death has been a tremendous lose to everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing you.You and my son Michael are my two favorite Michaels.
I pray that there is an afterlife, and that we will all be together with you again. Mickie Zussman- your neighbor from Wendover Dr. many years ago.
January 17, 2019
Angela
January 19, 2018
Around this time every year, I remember the story behind this tragedy. I did not know Dr. Davidson but somehow he and his family are still in my mind with every January 20th that comes and goes. I pray for steadfast peace and joy for his family, that it would break through the pain and despair of their tragic loss. You are remembered, Dr. Davidson and I'm so sorry your life was taken at the young age of 44. It sounds like you were an amazing doctor and person in general. I hope I meet you someday in the heavenlies. Rest peacefully.
Angela Perry
January 20, 2017
Another year has come and gone. I am here because of the great work of Dr. Davidson and the staff at BWH. Many of us owe our lives to him and My wife and I will never forget him. Thanks Mike
Richard McInnis
November 25, 2016
Valenda Newell
January 21, 2016
I did not know Dr. Davidson personally but many of my friends did as we trained in Boston hospitals around the same time. We are also both surgeons with a love for the balance that music can bring to one's life. One year on it still angers, saddens and humbles me to know that such a dedicated physician whose life's purpose was helping others fell victim in part to one deranged individual's anger and in part to a system that has failed Americans in so many ways: failed to set reasonable expectations of what medical/surgical care can and can not promise; failed to provide a safe mechanism for doctors and patients to communicate openly without fear of reprisal when complications of surgery occur (and they occur in the most skilled of hands); failed to protect the staff of a hospital from violence that can at least be partly mitigated by better hospital security; and failed to have honest and reasonable dialogue about gun safety and control. May Dr. Davidson's legacy and brilliant work in a too short life be remembered and celebrated and also help us as a community work to overcome these failures. May his wife and children find some measure of comfort in knowing that he touched the lives of many, near and far and more profoundly than words can ever express.
T
October 28, 2015
May his memory be forever a blessing.
A Friend
October 27, 2015
Though I don't know you... I think of you and your family often. Such a senseless tragedy. I hope your memories together carry you through your grief. Know that you are still in our hearts and thoughts and we are sending you and your family strength.
Julie Braden
September 30, 2015
When someone we love dies, it is the most painful experience.God's word gives us comfort and hope. Draw close to God and he will draw close to you. ( James 4 : 8 )
CC
July 24, 2015
Dottie Sheehan
May 13, 2015
An Tiger
Princeton 1992
Peter Yorck
April 29, 2015
Dear Dr. Halperin,
Thank you for allowing the picture of your very precious daughter to be printed in the Globe. Somehow, this reassured me that life does go on. You have been so blessed with children to help heal your wound. Peace to you all. Memories help the healing. ANN SNOW
March 31, 2015
I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. May our Heavenly Father provide strength and comfort to your family during this time of grief. "For he is near to those broken at heart ". Ps 34:17,18.
March 28, 2015
He has brought light to the hearts of many that will live on.
jennifer hakkarainen
March 14, 2015
Thoughts and prayers for Dr Davidson's wife this month. Stay strong.
March 3, 2015
What a tragedy to lose someone who had planned to spend his life helping others. There are so many beautiful scriptures that have been mentioned on this Guest Book. To all that are suffering, please read them from your own copy of the Bible. You will draw much comfort from our Heavenly Father.
A White
February 28, 2015
Sorry for you great loss
Betsy
February 28, 2015
God bless your family at this time.
Betty
February 28, 2015
Deepest condolences to your family.
charlene
February 26, 2015
I just now heard of the passing of Michael Davidson. His mother, Susan, and I taught together for many years and I remember Michael as a sweet and "mensch-y" teenager. Sending condolences to his family-- what a tragic, pointless waste of a very good life. I am so sorry.
Natalie White
February 21, 2015
To loved ones, It pains my heart that this tragedy has happened. It can be very difficult to cope with the reasons why. But God knows the pain of your hearts and the sorrow your feel. He is near to the brokenhearted and he saves those crushed in spirit, so he will comfort you. Hold on to the hope for better times when death, mourning, outcry and pain will be no more. I send my love.
Candace
February 16, 2015
I would like to offer my deepest sympathy for your loss. We live in a world so full of crime and violence. The time will come when we will not be subject to things like this. As for individuals who have fallen victim to these crimes, our Creator assures us that all those in his memory will come back to life at the sound of Jesus Christ voice. What a wonderful time to look forward to. Please find comfort in this brief message.
February 13, 2015
Such a brilliant and caring
man will always be well
remembered.
God bless all of his loved
ones and friends.
Jeffrey Bryan
February 9, 2015
So sorry to hear the lost of a young surgeon who has a long way to go in life and may the family find comfort and strength knowing that God knows the pain and will be there for the family
February 5, 2015
please accept my deep sorrow and mourning and my sympathy for this tragic event.god bless him and i pray for him.
Dr.Surena Nazarbaghi neurologist.Urmia university of medical sciences.IRAN
February 4, 2015
My heart breaks for the family of Dr. Davidson and many prayers are being offered in behalf of them. Michael will be sorely missed by so many loved ones. The world is a darker place without him. What a dedicated and caring man who touched so many lives for good. May the family be assured that our heavenly father give comfort in this time of grief and loss for he says "as a mother comforts her son, so I myself shall keep comforting you" (Isaiah 66:13) soon God will bring justice to all when his Kingdom comes.
Jeanne O
February 2, 2015
With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of grief. God is for you a refuge and strength. May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
February 2, 2015
Let's pray there comes a time when rational thinking prevails. A time when dealing with issues of any kind no longer involve violence or a gun. My heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with the family, friend or neighbor of Dr. Michael J. Davidson.
Pat
February 2, 2015
I agree with the staff: "it's horrible for him to loose his life this way". I never knew him on a personal level, but he seemed to be a very charismatic and caring doctor. I join others in expressing my sincere condolences to the family and close friends of his, for the loss of their loved one today. I know that no words could ease the grief, and that every family is different in their journey of healing. Hebrews 13:5- But our Heavenly Father can become your Stronghold in these moments off need. May the family be granted strength and comfort to cope.
Lila
January 31, 2015
Saddened to hear of this tragic event. My sympathies to the family. God's Word describes our days as critical times hard to deal with...when there will be no natural affection, a lack of self control, people will be fierce, without goodness. But God also assures us just a little while longer and the wicked will be no more. (2 Tim. 3:1-5; Ps.37:7, 10,11)
January 30, 2015
Many heartfelt words of admiration and gratitude have been shared about Dr. Davidson, the dedicated surgeon and the man of great character that he proved to be. I am hoping that they bring some comfort to family members and loved ones left behind if only for a little while. My warmest condolences to all who loved, respected, and adored him. Please allow God to be your refuge and your strength as you remember him with sadness. (Psalm 91:2)
Brenda
January 27, 2015
As an extended member of the Davidson family (Michael's father, Dr. Robert Davidson, is my first-cousin) I remain in shock at this tragedy. My heart-felt condolences to all the family and all the people, whom Michael touched with his brilliance, extreme talent, and love. May you all be blessed and carry on with that same love that Michael extended so generously and graciously to others and to all those he helped and cured along the way.
With all my love,
Dara Birnbaum
Dara Birnbaum
January 27, 2015
Dr Davidson Family- Please accept our sincere condolences for the tragic loss of your dear love one. May our Heavenly Father comfort you and May He give you the strength to cope and endure.
January 27, 2015
As your colleagues in Health Care we stand by you during this terrible loss of your beloved Michael. A healer, and a dedicated human-being, all of us mourn with you and send you our sympathies.

In Sorrow,

Jeanne Ryan, MA, OTR
VP, Post-Acute Care, Cooley Dickinson Health Care , President of the Board, Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
January 27, 2015
So so saddened to hear of the cruelty that has robbed a wonderful family of their beloved and irreplaceable husband, father, son & brother - and has senselessly taken from this world a brilliant and caring physician and human being. He will not be forgotten: he will live on through his family, in the memories of those who loved or appreciated him, and when others perform good deeds as he did. May his memory be blessed, and may time bring healing to his loved ones in pain.
Rachel Moss
January 26, 2015
An unacceptable loss. May God bless bless your family, especially your wife and children. May they know peace and happiness again. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Be at peace.
AP
January 26, 2015
What a loss to the community and his family. May you rest in peace Doctor.
January 26, 2015
My heart goes out to the family for your great loss.
vicki olivia
January 26, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the Davidson family,
Php 4:6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Elizabeth
January 26, 2015
My family and I are sorry for the tragic loss of Dr. Michael J. Davidson. We are deeply sadden for the family and those closest to him. May the good memories that you shared and cherish give you a measure of comfort. May you also find peace of mind and heart in the coming difficult days ahead. (Philippians 4:6,7)
January 26, 2015
Never had I met a doctor I trusted so much. He saved my mothers life. He was such a smart, caring and amazing soul. I'm a better person for having met him. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.
Val Welch
January 25, 2015
As friends of his parents, we mourn with them in this time of grief. May his name and his memory be a blessing
Martin/Rena Bobrowsky
January 25, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathies to the Davidson and Halperin family. We grieve with you in your time of sorrow. Dr. Davidson was very special to our family as he had recently performed Heart Surgery on my Father in Law. We are blessed to have had him in our lives. May he rest in peace. May your family find peace in knowing how special he is to so many people we thank him for sharing his gift with our family.
Greg and Dina Belloli
January 25, 2015
Dr. Davidson not only saved my mothers life, but he was a positive influence and restored her faith in doctors again. He was comforting to her and very kind. Bless his soul and his family.
Sandra Bernier
January 25, 2015
There are no words adequate to express my sympathy to Dr. Davidson's family. There is not enough time to heal from such a senseless, tragic loss. Please take comfort in knowing the good in this world are keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May his memory be a blessing and may he live on forever in your hearts and through his children. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
Dina
January 25, 2015
I am a staff nurse at BWH working on the palliative care unit in the tower. I never met Dr. Davidson but have been so impressed to hear about his brilliance, expertise, compassion, humility,and love for his beautiful family. It is in his character to have taken the time out of his busy day to talk to the family member of a deceased patient. He died as he evidently lived, caring and compassionate. I wish I had catchwords to take away your pain for this senseless loss of a beloved family member. You will miss him always and I will think of him as I walk by the clinic in my way to work. Do know that the entire BWH community is mourning along with you for the loss of a wonderful man and physician who could have healed so many more people.
Paula DiGiovine
January 25, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Karen and Jeff Dees
January 25, 2015
This tragedy has become very personal for our family, as my mom was a patient on the 7th floor. Please know you don't walk alone, you are in our hearts, and we ache for you. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
MaryAnn
January 24, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dr. Michael Davidson. I did not know him personally, but I know he did so much good to help others. May he rest in peace.
Michele Vaughn
January 24, 2015
Our deepest sympathies to the Davidson/Halperin family and the Brigham and Woman's Hospital family. Our hearts broke and we cried when we heard the devastating news. It's not fair; we agree! He was a very special gifted man and we know he has a special place in Heaven now. May God guard your heaarts and minds and keep you all in peace always. We love you because you loved him. Dave and Elaine T., CT
Elaine & Dave Tetlow
January 24, 2015
I am a patient of his wife, Dr. Terri Halperin and am heartbroken to hear this tragic and senseless news. My prayers go out to their entire family.
Elaine Shepherd
January 24, 2015
My son is your age with three small children. He is also a professional. As a Mother I have worried about his safety. When I heard the news it hit home. I am in tears writing this. I am so sorry this happened to you, Dr. Davidson. No one had the right to take your life in this manner from your beloved wife, your adorable children, your loved ones and your patients. You were a gift to all those dealing with heart disease. I am also a HD victim. We all are short changed now. God had other plans for you. We just cannot see it now. My heartfelt condolences to your beloved wife, your beautiful children, your parents, sister and the loved ones you have left behind. May your beautiful memories help sustain them through these very difficult times. God Bless The Davidson Family.
Mary Rose
January 24, 2015
Thank you for looking after our brother / brother-in-law. Peter and Ingrid ter Poorten
January 24, 2015
Dr. Halperin - I believe that I met you briefly one day at BI Deaconess when you were rounding for Dr. Morris. In reading all of the many tributes to your husband, it is abundantly clear that he was a very, very special person. Not many of us have the privilege of making such an impact on so many lives as he did. What an amazing legacy. My heart goes out to you, your family and everyone who had the joy of having Michael Davidson in their lives, and most especially to everyone who loved him and was loved by him. Donna Henry
Donna Henry
January 24, 2015
So sorry about your loss, your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Acts.17:31
Lynn
January 24, 2015
Dear Dr. Halperin,,
You and your husband have made so many of our lives whole again. Thank you for your caring support. Please know that you have ours during this difficult time.
The Borelli Family
January 24, 2015
Dr. Davidson lived a life truly worth living.. We are the lucky ones to have benefitted by that. I and my family are forever grateful for all he did for us (heart surgery may 2013).
May the unbearable pain be eased with peace in time.
Condolence and healing thoughts
Mary Wood
January 24, 2015
we send you love and prayers
sally and jerry Sussman
January 24, 2015
We met you in Vermont over the July 4th meetings. We are stunned and saddened by this tragic event. Please know that our thoughts are with your entire family at this time.

Sue and Malcolm (Poolside 7)
January 24, 2015
So sorry about your loss.May the God of tender mercy be with the family of Doctor Davidson.
January 24, 2015
Dear Dr. Halperin,
Although we didn't know Dr. Davidson, we want to offer our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to you,your children,and family. A shining light will never be extinguished, for he will live on in his beautiful children and the memories of all of the lives he touched.
May God bless you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
John & Jeanne Kelly
January 24, 2015
This is such a tragic story. Medical people report to work every day to help and heal. Dr. Davidson was given the gift of healing. He gave families extended time with their loved ones. My thoughts have been with this family since this happened.
Praying for you during this difficult time.
Kim
January 24, 2015
I didn't know you but felt compelled to say something as I am deeply distraught at how you were taken from this earth. I live next to Temple Beth Elohim and watching hundreds of people mourn you today made me feel the love of your presence on this Earth. I know you are with God still healing. God bless your family and friends.
Andria
January 23, 2015
To the family of Dr. Mike...
We cannot stop thinking about this tragedy...a brilliant doctor who obviously loved his patients...Compassionate..loving husband and dad with so much to live for. I wish you strength to carry on with him on your shoulders.....
judi
January 23, 2015
My heart aches for all of you, Michael's wife, children, siblings, colleagues and especially, his Mom and Dad. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. The world mourns with you.
A MA nurse
January 23, 2015
Dr. Halperin, I saw your smiling face just last Friday morning and I am so horrified by the tragic death of your husband just days later. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sherry Lyons
January 23, 2015
To the Davidson family, although I am an outsider watching from afar, know I am grieving your loss and that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
Lindsay D
January 23, 2015
Dr. Halperin, The Davidson children, The Davidson's, The Halperin's and the Brigham and Women's Family: I was shocked and tremendously saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Davidson. I spent many years at B&W with work and my Dad's illness. May the memories and his passion live on with everyone. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Brian Hagberg
January 23, 2015
Michael and Ellen Krane
January 23, 2015
Dr.Davidson saved my husband's life. He was such an outstanding physician among all the physicians we have come across in our lives. He had competence, confidence,compassion and very efficient way of communication. He was caring physician. We will miss his service to needy in his profession. We pray for his family and friends.
Drs. Mysore G. and Manjula Narayan (Bengalure, India) in
Manjula Narayan
January 23, 2015
So hard to understand. So grateful for his life.
January 23, 2015
What a tremendous loss, such a gifted and talented man. He is certainly at peace. May his family take comfort in what a shining light he was in the world and all the good he left in it.
Noreen
January 23, 2015
Dear Dr Davidson

You saved many lives
By being careful with their hearts...
Medicine was not just a science to you, it was a well performed Art...
Your skill as a surgeon was your gift to many,
Your compassion was a bonus and showed your humanity.
Why do bad things happen to the very good?
Life doesn't work the ways sometimes we think it should.
When we stand in grief not understanding the reasons for,
Just know deep inside your hearts, God needed him more.

My deepest sympathies to the Davidson/Halperin family...
Anonymous
January 23, 2015
I have been trying to figure out what to say. There are no words that can describe my feelings. I was a recent patient of the good doctor's. I was very high risk. He was wonderful at setting my mind at ease. I've never felt so confident about an outcome as I was with him. He had talked personally to all my doctor's and every one of them was so impressed by his demeanor. The surgery, of course, went fantastically. I remember that he would come in and spend time every day just going over things and checking how I was feeling. There was construction going on next door and sometimes we'd just stand and watch it and talk. I only knew him a short time, but I feel a great loss for the world. God will take him by his side.
Rick McInnis
January 23, 2015
On Dec.26,2008, I underwent bypass surgery performed by Mike Davidson. His skill and dexterity resulted in the most precious and magnificent Christmas gift I have ever received = a rejuvenated heart. He was a gifted, caring physician & surgeon and I and my family are deeply saddened to hear of his loss. We are sure he will always remain in the memories of those who loved , respected and treasured him. We extend our most profound sympathy to his family. Your grief is shared by many and he will always hold a special place in our hearts/thoughts and prayers. Frank Castelnovo & Family
Frank Castelnovo
January 23, 2015
Absolutely heartbroken over the tragic loss of a most talented and beloved healthcare colleague. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and Brigham healthcare community.
Sandra
January 23, 2015
Rest In Peace Dear Friend. You will be dearly missed.
Ramanan Umakanthan
January 23, 2015
Dr. Davidson will be remembered by many. I offer my condolences to his family.

Gloria Oppen
Gloria Oppen
January 23, 2015
I would like to give all my condolences and prayers to all the the family, the colleagues at Brigham Women's and friends. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.
Brantley Mayo
January 23, 2015
Deepest sympathy to Dr. Davidsons family. Such a tragic loss of a caring compassionate man.
January 23, 2015
I cannot say enough of how much I am sorry. Even though I have not met Dr. Davidson, He seemed like a very nice and appreciative person. He saved a lot of lives. I am sorry for his family, his friends, his patients, and him.
-Dina Kats. A 6th grader from Newton MA
Dina Kats
January 23, 2015
So unassuming, with a wealth of talent Michael gave quality of life to so many with both the TAVR and minimally invasive MVR. He will be greatly missed.
-CS
January 23, 2015
Dr. Halperin,
I did not know your husband, but I was a patient of yours. You and your children have been in my thoughts since I heard that you were his wife. I have been in your place having lost my husband at a young age, with two children to take care of. It's overwhelming...all of it. And though it doesn't seem so now, there will be happiness and light down the road. From what I've read here, he was a wonderful family man and doctor. His loss is clearly immense. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, and you and your family will remain in my thoughts.
Jodi Martin
January 23, 2015
I'm truly sorry for your tremendous loss! My thoughts & prayers are with all of you!!
January 23, 2015
I cannot say enough of how sorry I am. Even though I did not know him, he seemed like a very great person who saved multiple lives. My heart goes out for his family, his friends, his patients, and him.
-Dina Kats. A 6th grader from Newton MA
Dina Kats
January 23, 2015
I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your loved one.
Anonymous
January 23, 2015
Such a tragedy my condolences to him family.
A
January 23, 2015
My prayers are with Dr. Halperin, Dr. Davidson, their children, family, friends, and colleagues. I was shocked by the tragedy of such a stunning loss. I hope that memories will be a comfort through the pain of loss.
Mallory LaSonde
January 23, 2015
My heart goes out to his family, such a loss to his family
January 23, 2015
Thank you Michael Davidson!. You saved my life. You are a gentle soul and my family and I, will miss your compassion, your sense of humor and patience. I am glad you were in my life. I give you my peace and love.
Jacob ter Poorten
January 23, 2015
My heart is broken over this tragic loss to Dr. Davidson's family, his colleagues, his patients, and the many patients he would have saved. His goodness can never be extinguished, and will be source of pride and a guiding light to his children. ???? ?????
Lori Leveckis
January 23, 2015
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Alma Vega
January 23, 2015
God Bless you Michael Davidson and your loving family. I am so very sorry for your loss and although I didn't know Michael personally, I am sure he is dancing with the angels in Heaven and rest assured you will see him again. Your family is in my prayers.
K. Berestecky
January 23, 2015
Dr. Davidson's life was a blessing.
May his legacy live.
M
January 23, 2015
My sincere condolences to all of Dr. Davidson's family on your tragic loss. Rabbi Katy Allen, BWH
January 23, 2015
My thoughts and prayer are with you Terry and your family. I am so sorry.
Tracy McCann-Olson
January 23, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Davidson's family, friends and colleagues. Dr. Davidson operated on my father 6 years ago and was truly a caring and compassionate man. It is such a tragic and senseless loss. I know I speak for my entire family when I say our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you through this difficult time.
Pattie Leach (Moore)
January 23, 2015
Marija Mamic
January 23, 2015
I was suppose to have my heart surgery with Dr. Davidson met him in Boston very nice man I cried when I read of this tragedy my heart goes out to his whole family and many fellow workers.
Leslieanne Borelli
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