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Davidson, Gordon Byron,

89, passed away at home on Monday, August 17, 2015 with his family by his side.

He was born on June 24, 1926 to the late Paul Byron Davidson and Elizabeth Franz Davidson. He was a graduate of Louisville Male High School, B.A. degree, Centre College, J.D. from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and LL.M. from Yale University Law School.

Between high school and college, Davidson served as a Midshipman in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II (1944-1946), then as a first lieutenant in the United States Army's JAG during the Korean War from 1952-1954.

In 1954-1955, he served as law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Stanley Reed. Despite receiving numerous offers, Davidson turned them down to return to the city of Louisville which he dearly loved where he began his practice with Wyatt, Grafton & Sloss (now Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs) and lasting for more than 55 years.

Devoted to family, his professional career, and community service, Davidson was able to serve effectively as managing partner of one of the region's largest law firms, reside on the boards of directors of more than twenty not-for-profit organizations, and ten for-profit organizations including: Chairman of the Board of Directors - Louisville Chamber of Commerce (now Greater Louisville, Inc.) Chairman of the Board - NKC, Inc. (now Norton Healthcare) Trustee - Centre College, Director - Kentucky Center for the Arts. Davidson was also a past director of the Courier Journal & Louisville Times Co., WHAS, South Central Bell, the Bellsouth Corporation, Hermitage Farm, Inc., DNP Select Income Fund, Inc., and Trans Financial Advisor Funds, Inc.

During his career, Davidson received numerous honors including Louisville's Fleur-de-Lis Award, Kentucky, the Governor's Education, Arts & Humanities Commonwealth Award, Centre College's Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Alumni Fellow Award from the University of Louisville Brandeis Law School. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church.

Additionally, Davidson was a raconteur, a loyal friend, and loved his local community as well as the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Geraldine Geiger Davidson, daughter Sally Davidson Rhodes (Marc B. Rhodes), son Stuart Gordon Davidson, and grandson Stuart Gordon Dederer of Richmond, VA.

The family would like express their deep appreciation to his caregivers: Mark Wheeler, M.D., Paul Loheide, M.D., the staff at OneMD, Lynnette & Danell Ramsey, and Ezell Smith.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Lane Thursday, August 20, 2015 with a private burial to follow.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Gordon B. & Geraldine G. Davidson Endowed Fund for Foreign Study at Centre College, 600 West Walnut Street, Danville, KY 40422 or a charitable organization of his or her choice.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2015
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