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Edward Stowman Davis II

AGE: 94 •

Edward Stowman Davis, II, 94, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2015 surrounded by his family in Greenville, Delaware. He was the son of Lawrence E. Davis and Edna MacElroy Davis of Philadelphia. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and married his college sweetheart, Winnie Taylor after their graduation in 1943.

Following graduation from Lehigh, Ed spent a brief period at the DuPont Company in research before joining the war effort. A member of the Greatest Generation, Ed served in World War II in the Pacific Theater as Ordinance Officer, Naval Air Force, Combat Aircraft Service, Unit F35 on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands. His experience was recorded as part of Ken Burns' research for his PBS documentary THE WAR.

Following his service, he received his master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and returned to DuPont where he spent his career. Ed transferred to marketing and left Wilmington with Winnie and their children to spend six years as field representative in greater New England and New York City. After residing in Wellesley, MA and Summit, NJ, they returned to Wilmington in 1959. As industry manager of the Polyolefins division he led the marking and technical task force working with machinery and paperboard companies. Based on DuPont extrusion coating technology the development displaced the traditional glass milk bottle with polyethylene paperboard cartons.

He subsequently directed the efforts of the same team to commercialize Surlyn Ionomer Resin, invented in the DuPont research labs. Surlyn went on to revolutionize weekend golf with every amateur's dream of a cut-proof golf ball. Other early major markets included Italian ski boots, windsurfers, and durable heat seals for packaged foods. Ed traveled extensively in Europe and Japan as the marketing liaison for DuPont's joint venture with Mitsui Polychemicals Company. He retired from DuPont after forty years as Marketing Manager and Head, DuPont Polyethylene Resins Department. He spend the next fifteen years as Secretary-Treasurer of Davis-Young Associates, Inc., his son Zachary's landscape design/build firm.

Ed and Winnie were lifelong recreational athletes. He taught swimming as a camp counselor and coached Little League baseball. As a sailor he was a sought after crew member for Chesapeake Bay cruising and racing. He played paddle tennis, tennis and skied well into his 80's as member of the 80 plus ski club.

Ed was a 60 year member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City and his love of music spanned from liturgical to classical. After he and Winnie moved from Chadds Ford, PA to Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, he played piano for weekly sing alongs in the Health Center and the Sussex Wing for many years. He sang in church choirs with Wellesley Congregational (Massachusetts), Central Presbyterian (Summit, NJ) and forty two years with Westminster Presbyterian Church (Wilmington). He performed with the Westminster Choir in Vienna and the Melk Abbey in 2000.

His community service included President of the Christiana Cotillion, President of the Lehigh Club of Delaware and Executive Vice-President & Member, and Board of Directors of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. As Vice President and board member of the Greenville Country Club, he served as Chair of Tennis, Racquet Sports and the committee which built the original indoor tennis facility.

His beloved Winnie predeceased him in 2003 and he found love again with his constant companion of 11 years, Barbara Allison. Ed was also predeceased by his son in law Joseph Q. Guccione. In addition to Barbara, he is survived by his daughters, Leslie (Davis) Guccione of Duxbury, MA and Amy Taylor Davis of Wilmington; his sons, Lawrence E. Davis, II and wife Suzanne, Zachary W. Davis and Margaret Thomas all of Chadds Ford, PA; seven grand and step grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Jayne Davis Bauer, nephews and nieces.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Cokesbury Village, Elder Care, Compassionate Care Hospice, Dr. James Ritter and Dr. Charles Hill for their extraordinary care.

Celebration of his life and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church choir Fund, 1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE 19806 or to the Delaware Symphony, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 1003, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2015
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