Dr. Henry Davison

Obituary of Dr. Henry Davison

Henry Davison, Jr., M.D., beloved husband, father, surgeon, and teacher, died on Friday at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP). He was 51years old. The cause of death was pneumonia after a long, heroic battle with cancer. Dr. Davison grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and graduated first in his class from Northside High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Columbia College, New York, New York in 1983. He then attended Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and graduated with distinction, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. In 1992, Dr. Davison completed a General Surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York and entered surgical practice at the Medical Center at Princeton (now known as UMCPP). In 1993, Dr. Davison became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. On the faculty at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as a Clinical Instructor of Surgery, he taught many medical students and surgical residents over a twenty year period. Dr. Davison was President of the Medical and Dental Staff and participated in the decision to move the hospital to its new site. He also was Chairman of the Medical and Dental Staff Bylaws Committee. Dr. Davison founded "Soul to Soul", a program for the general public to provide speakers on health issues of concern to African-Americans, sponsored by UMCPP Community Education Outreach. Dr. Davison performed general surgery including cancer and laparoscopic surgeries and endoscopic procedures. With a colleague, Dr. Davison performed the first laparoscopic colon resection at UMCPP. Dr. Davison also pioneered the use of Single-Port Access surgery at UMCPP. In practice until a week before he passed away, Dr. Davison cared for countless residents of Princeton and the surrounding area during his years as a surgeon. In addition to his work as a surgeon, Dr. Davison was a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees of the Chapin School and a dedicated supporter of Chapin School Soccer and Lacrosse, Montgomery Township Soccer and Youth Lacrosse, and Peddie School Soccer and Crew. Son of the late Ruth Davison of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Davison is survived by his beloved wife, Oakley, and precious sons, Bradley, 17, Alexander, 16, and Ryan, 14; sisters-in-law Grace Gibson, Glenda Greaves and Barbara Cadogan; brothers-in-law Trevor Babb and Tierson Babb; and nieces Sheena Gibson, Shari Strickland and Nadia Cadogan. He will also be missed by his colleagues and the staff at Princeton Surgical Associates and UMCPP. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton, New Jersey. Burial will follow immediately at Rocky Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Davison's memory to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.
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