March 14, 2003
The following is a notice from the President and Dean of Stony Brook sent to faculty.
Dear Campus Community,
It is with deep sorrow that we share the sad news that James Davis, Chair, Department of Neurology, his wife Francie, and his daughter Amanda were tragically killed when his airplane hit a mountain in North Carolina on Friday. Jim was a wonderful leader and good colleague.
Jim joined Stony Brook in 1992; prior to that he was affiliated with Duke University Medical Center from 1972 to 1992. He received his B.A. degree in 1961 from Cornell University and M.D. degree in 1965 from Cornell University Medical College. He completed his internship in Medicine (Pathology) at Bellevue Hospital. He did a residency in Medicine at Duke University Medical Center followed by a residency in Neurology at Cornell. In 1972, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Goteberg, Sweden in the Department of Pharmacology under Dr. A. Carlson.
Jim was an inspired teacher, researcher, clinician, and mentor. Under his dynamic leadership, his department flourished. Upon his arrival at Stony Brook, he aggressively recruited neurology subspecialists. He strengthened the department's clinical practice and grew its research enterprise. Jim's delightful personality drew many people to the department. He created neurology outreach programs through affiliations with community hospitals and clinics.
Jim and Francie are survived by their son Adam and daughter-in-law Tracy, their daughter, Joanna, and a brother Sandy. Our condolences are extended to the surviving members of the family. Jim, Francie, and Amanda will be missed by all of the Stony Brook community who were privileged to know them. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 19th at 10:30 am at Judea Reform Temple in Durham. The temple address is 1955 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705.
The Temple phone number is 919/489-7062. Interment will follow at the Judea Reform Cemetery. A memorial service at Stony Brook for their Stony Brook family will be scheduled later.
With deepest sympathy,
Shirley Strum Kenny, President
Norman H. Edelman, Vice President and Dean, School of Medicine