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Capt John Walter “Dave” Davison

Capt John Walter “Dave” Davison

Lee, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 16 Feb 2003 (aged 94)
Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Burial Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Plot Plat E Lot 1300 Site 9
Memorial ID 65888281 · View Source
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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 Grant Monges and Catherine McVay Tribbet, 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, forerunner to the Naval Air Systems Command.

Following retirement from the Navy 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 in 1974 Catherine McVay Tribbett, childhood friend of Adele's and widow of longtime friend Gil Tribbet. While courting Cay, John 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 known for his keen intellect and 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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  • Created by: Hank Davison
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 65888281
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Walter “Dave” Davison (18 Mar 1908–16 Feb 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65888281, citing Union Cemetery, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Hank Davison (contributor 47434908) .