- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 11, 2005

James A. Davis Jr., 79, pediatrician

Dr. James Arthur Davis Jr., a pediatrician, died Jan. 6 of heart complications at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. He was 79.

Dr. Davis was born in the District and lived in Chevy Chase until 2000. Most recently, he lived at his summer home in Hollywood, Md.

A graduate of Gonzaga College High School, Dr. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1947 and a medical degree from Georgetown Medical School in 1951.

He completed his internship at D.C. General Hospital and then participated in an Air Force public health program at Tulane University Medical School. He was a physician stationed at Parks Air Force Base in California from 1952 to 1954, attending to returning Korean War veterans.

Dr. Davis was a resident at Children’s Hospital in the District from 1954 to 1957, holding the position of chief resident during his third year. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1957.

He was the sole pediatrician at the Washington Clinic from 1957 to 1964. He then opened a private practice in Bethesda, which he ran for 35 years.

Dr. Davis was affiliated with Children’s Hospital, Columbia Hospital for Women, Georgetown University Hospital and Sibley Memorial, Holy Cross, Suburban and Shady Grove Adventist hospitals.

He was a member of the Pediatric Clinical Staff Association of the Georgetown University Children’s Medical Center for 40 years, and on the Admissions Committee for a time. He was also a member of the Pharmaceutical Committee at Children’s Hospital.

He was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia and the Montgomery-Prince George’s Pediatric Society.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Hawkins Davis of Hollywood; four sons, James A. Davis III of Eugene, Ore., Kenneth M. Davis of Hollywood, Greg Davis of the District and Michael Davis of Kensington; three daughters, Dorothy M. “Dottie” Davis of Germantown, Diane Gerber of Highland, Md., and Margaret E. Davis of Lusby, Md.; a sister, Nathalie Raedy of Oxon Hill, and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. tomorrow at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Chevy Chase Circle in the District.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Ripple Medical Adult Care, Box 652, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Attn: Jean Thompson.

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