Senior Picture
1939 Saber



Entered KMI in his junior year at the age of 14!

(John E. Davis III Collection)
All material in these pages provided by Mr. Davis



KMI CORPS of  CADETS

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(1939)

1939 Parade in Lyndon

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Venice, Florida Campus

(1937 - 1939)


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Florida pictures of John E. Davis




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Florida Campus & Venice buildings.
Lyndon, Kentucky Campus
(1937 - 1939)
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1937-1939

Kentucky pictures of John E. Davis

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1937-1939
KMI Lyndon Campus



Dr. John Edward Davis, Jr

(November 18, 1922 - February 4, 2006)

Dr. John Edward Davis, Jr., Professor of Biology, Emeritus, died February 4, 2006, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He was born November 18, 1922, in Welch, West Virginia, the son of Dr. John E. Davis and Irene Cline Davis.

He attended public schools in Welch and graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1939. At the age of 16, he entered Randolph-Macon College where he was a pre-medical student and member of Kappa Alpha Order. After three and one-half years, he entered the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1943 and served as a surgical technician with the 167th General Hospital in Normandy during World War II.

After the war, Dr. Davis attended the University of Virginia, earning the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. Between studies for his degrees, he taught mathematics at Gary High School in Gary, West Virginia, and biology at Washington and Lee University. He was elected to Sigma Xi, the national scientific research honor society in 1954.

In 1949, he married Katherine Vivian Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina. They had one child, John Edward Davis, III, born in 1951.

In 1956, he and his family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had been appointed to the faculty of the Department of Biology at Wake Forest College.

During his tenure at Wake Forest, he taught embryology and histology to undergraduate and graduate students at the college and to nursing students at Bowman Gray School of Medicine.

He conducted research on the prolonged effects of low-level radiation on the developing coronary vessels of chick embryos, the results of which were published in the Anatomical Record in 1966. He also researched the mean weights of chick embryos correlated with the stages of Hamburger and Hamilton, published in the Journal of Morphology in 1968.

In 1967, Dr. Davis conceived the creation of the University Mace. He oversaw its design and fabrication, and carried it in its inaugural ceremony in his role as Faculty Marshal.

He came to Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1968, upon his appointment as Chairman of the Department of Biology at Madison College. He was subsequently named Provost of the college, responsible for the development of all instructional programs, curricula and courses of study. He later returned to full-time teaching, before retiring as Professor Emeritus from James Madison University in 1986.

Fluent in French, Dr. Davis and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe. In 2004, they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. He was avidly interested in the history of World War II, and amassed an extensive library on the subject. He was particularly proud of his familial roots in colonial Tidewater Virginia, which extended to England and France and directly to William the Conqueror and Charlemagne.

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