Clarkson University Mourns the Death of Former Professor A. George Davis

A. George Davis Retired in 1993 after serving Clarkson for 40 years.

Former Clarkson University Professor A. George Davis passed away Tuesday.  

Courtesy: North Country Now

As shared in his locally published obituary, a memorial service will be held once pandemic concerns diminish, on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested – George particularly favored non-academic Clarkson Student Life programs, hospice organizations, and animal adoption/shelter organizations.

Davis retired in 1993 after a long career of outstanding service to Clarkson and its students. In addition to being the only faculty member to be honored three times as Outstanding Faculty Advisor, he served Clarkson as an assistant and associate professor of mathematics, as chairman of the mathematics department, as dean of student affairs, and as associate dean of science.

A graduate of Union College, Davis came to Clarkson in 1948 from the University of Massachusetts. He was instrumental in developing the personal computer program at Clarkson, the Educational Resources Center, and The Clarkson School. His work in mathematics stayed in the forefront by his work in the field of computer-assisted mathematics instruction. He further supported Clarkson by serving on the Faculty Senate for several terms, including one year as its Chairman. 

He also served as official timekeeper and scorer at Clarkson’s home hockey games, and was even named the official hockey timekeeper for the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid during the United States’ team’s famous “Miracle on Ice” when it defeated the Soviet Union to earn the gold medal.

He spent many years as faculty advisor to the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. And he was honored to have the park and its canoe house along the Raquette River behind the Riverside student apartments named after him for his many years of service to students outside the classroom.

Students from his freshman calculus course probably remember him best for his comment to them on the first day of classes: “O.K., kids! Open both ears! Now close one!”

Davis was 94. His memorial service will be held once pandemic concerns diminish, on a date to be determined.

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