Dr. Robert J. Davis was born on June 15, 1922, in Sioux City, IA, the younger of two sons of Roy and Fern Davis. He grew up and attended high school in Vermillion.
His father died when he was 12. His beloved older brother Marshall provided guidance, direction and friendship as he grew to a young adult. He entered Williams College in 1940. Following Pearl Harbor, he accelerated his study to obtain his bachelors degree and enter the United States Marine Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1943, entering the war as one of the youngest officers in the United States Marine Corps. He served at Guadalcanal, Okinawa and Northern China.
Following the war he attended Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland, OH, and completed his residency in ophthalmology in Iowa City. He moved to Spokane in 1958, where he was one of the original partners in the Spokane Eye Clinic.
In 1965, he spent a month in Algeria as a volunteer physician with C.A.R.E. In 1971, he served a tour with the hospital ship Hope. He retired from the practice of medicine in 1985, but remained dedicated to a wide range of activities, continuing to ski at Mt Spokane until the age of 80, and fishing at Priest Lake until a few weeks before his passing, July 12, 2011 at the age of 89. He will be well remembered by his many, many friends and loved ones.
He is survived by his son, Clark (Diane); daughters, Robin Davis, Gail Davis and Erin Davis (Steve Dunbar); and grandchildren, Matthew, Mark, Sean, Vanessa, Ainsley and Charlotte.
Memorial services will be Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Spokane, WA.