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Capt John Walter "Dave" Davison
Birth: Mar. 18, 1908
Lee
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 2003
Leesburg
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA

Eagle scout, U.S. Naval Academy graduate (1929), naval aviator, WWII veteran, teacher, gentleman farmer. Son of Edward Robert Davison and Jennie Risley Davison, husband of Adele Monges Davison, father of John Walter jr. (Jack), Sally Lynn (Jill), Dorothy Adele (Dori), Richard Risley, and Henry Gordon. During WWII, he was instrumental in the development of aerborne radar and remotely guided airplanes, and subsequently commanded a squadron of drone F6F "Hellcats" in the atom bomb tests on Bikini Atoll. Capt. Davison was Commanding Officer of the USS Absecon (AVP-23) and USS Point Cruz (CVE-119), and served as Director of Shore Establishments in the Bureau of Aeronautics.

Following his retirement in 1959, Capt. Davison settled in Waterford, Virginia, and made a second career teaching mathematics at Loudoun Valley High School in nearby Purcellville. After the death of his beloved wife Adele in 1973, he married Catherine McVay Tribbett, childhood friend of Adele's and widow of longtime friend Gil Tribbet, in 1974. While courting Cay, he once wrote on the underside of a toilet seat in her house "It's so nice to have a man about the house."

Capt. Davison was well known for his keen, analytical intellect as well as his quiet sense of humor, and enjoyed sharing with his children and grandchildren his passion over the puzzle of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. Two of his favorite sayings were "The picture works the problem," and "The payoff is on the results." 
 
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 Parents:
  Edward Robert Davison (1866 - 1923)
  Jennie Philinda Risley Davison (1875 - 1963)
 
 Spouses:
  Adele Grant Monges Davison (1909 - 1973)
  Catherine Eliza McVay Tribbett Davison (1909 - 2004)
 
 Children:
  Sally Lynn Davison Prickett (1933 - 2003)*
 
 Siblings:
  Iola Frances Davison (1894 - 1896)*
  Robert Theodore Davison (1897 - 1949)*
  Abert Risley Davison (1900 - 1900)*
  Dorothy Rose Davison Brinton (1902 - 2005)*
  John Walter Davison (1908 - 2003)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Union Cemetery
Leesburg
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Plat E Lot 1300 Site 9
 
Created by: Hank Davison
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
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Capt John Walter Dave Davison
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Capt John Walter Dave Davison
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Capt John Walter Dave Davison
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Ensign J. W. Davison, USN, designated Naval Aviator #3861 in 1931.
- Mike Weeks
 Added: Mar. 3, 2014
May GOD Bless you Captain John Walter Davison as you have blessed us all.
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Feb. 25, 2014
My sweet precious Grandaddy.
- lisa longcrow
 Added: Jan. 25, 2014
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