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Frank Isaac Davis Jr.

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Frank Isaac Davis Jr. Obituary
February 18, 1919 - February 27, 2016 Frank was born February 18, 1919, in Beallsville, Maryland. He was a bright student, winning many school awards and becoming President of his high school class. He attended the University of Maryland, graduating with honors, and then served in the US army from 1941 to 1946, rising from Private to Major. Frank graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948 and joined the prestigious New York law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton, Lombard and Irvine. In 1949, he met Virginia Battle from South Carolina. It was love at first sight. They were engaged within three weeks and enjoyed thirty-seven loving years of marriage. Frank left private law practice to become Vice-President and General Counsel and, later, President, of film maker David O. Selznick's The Selznick Company. Moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1956, Frank became Vice President of Famous Artists Corp. and subsequently held the same position at George Stevens Productions, where he served as Executive Producer the classic Easter movie, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" in 1962. Frank joined Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 1966 where he worked for thirty-one years, retiring as Executive Vice-President of Business Affairs in 1997. Frank was a life-long supporter of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, serving on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Frank was predeceased by his wife and by his son, Thomas Battle Davis. He is survived by his children: Dr. Richard Davis and his wife Barbara of Camden, South Carolina, Betsy Davis and Randolph Davis of Los Angeles, and 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The family wishes to extend their many thanks to Josephine Lahorra for her many years of care to Frank. Services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 11 am at St Matthews Episcopal Church, 1031 Bienveneda Avenue, Pacific Palisades, Ca 90272. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church or to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2016
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