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Richard P. Davis ’47

Published in July7, 2004, issue

Dick died Apr. 22, 2003. Many of us remember him as an articulate, witty, and talented classmate €” a charismatic Triangle Club star. Close friends recall how he sometimes reflected in silent sadness on life's uncertain vicissitudes.

Soon after graduating with high honors in psychology, he married Ruth Ann, his high school sweetheart in Warren, Pa. A career in diverse business activities followed but eventually, after moving to Houston, Dick launched his own successful business, the Speedy Printing Service of Texas.

For our 25th Dick described life since '47 as a busy "blur of happiness and hurt," but a "good life . . . moored by a God-sent wife and children." For our 40th he reported: "The pace slows. Patience has finally been discovered . . . I have learned that love transcends all." Of Princeton days he said: "I see them fondly, but far, far, away."

By our 50th, Dick abandoned contact with us, retiring to a life marked by humility and countless acts of kindness to others including creation of a program to help children, especially those less fortunate, learn the joys of reading. Above all, he enjoyed an extraordinarily loving relationship with his "God-sent" family, which now included nine grandchildren. With fond memories we extend warm wishes to Ruth Ann and her family.

The Class of 1947

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