February 9, 1942 – April 13, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Joseph (Joe) S. Davison who passed away peacefully, surrounded by love with his family at his side, following a brief but hard fought battle against an unexpected illness. Joe leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend of 48 years, Mary; along with his two children Sara (Rod) and Chris (Amanda); and four grandchildren Shae-Lynn, Joshua, Aidan and Ryan. He is also survived by his sister Mary.
Joe was born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England and attended the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he obtained his B.Sc. with Honours in 1965 and Ph.D. in Gastrointestinal Physiology in 1969. He was a scholar with a keen intellect and led a distinguished academic career with an international reputation for his work into the central and peripheral nervous regulation of gastrointestinal functions and immune responses. During his career he held academic appointments at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica; the University of Bristol, England; and the University of Dundee, Scotland. He came to Canada with his family in 1982 when he was recruited by the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine as a Professor and one of the first AHFMR Medical Scientists. He was a founding member of the Gastrointestinal Research Group and was also appointed to the Department of Physiology of which he was Department Head from 1988-1998, a period when the department, under his leadership, continued to prosper and grow.
Joe was a loving and dedicated husband, an amazing father and mentor, a proud grandfather, a brilliant researcher and an excellent teacher. He lived his life with generosity, integrity, kindness and respect. He was an excellent role model not only for his children and grandchildren, but for everyone whose path he crossed. He was passionate about his work, and had a genuine concern for his students; he was particularly satisfied by the successes of all the graduate students and postgraduates who trained in his lab under his mentorship. He loved adventure, travel, nature, the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. Joe was a gifted singer and musician whose talents were enjoyed by countless individuals over the years through his many performances both on stage and informal. Additionally, he was an active member of St. Luke’s Contemporary Choir where his music and beautiful voice made a difference and have inspired many. He will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues, friends and students. His passing leaves a hole that will be impossible to fill.
In memory of Joe, the Dr. Joseph S. Davison Memorial Award will be created at the University of Calgary to assist graduate students in the study of gastrointestinal physiology.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral Services and Tributes will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the award fund and mailed to Linda Lepore, Fund Development Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Dr. NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N1. Please make cheques payable to University of Calgary/Dr. Joseph S. Davison Memorial Award. For online donations please visit: https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/davisonaward. Thank you to all of the wonderful nurses, doctors and staff at Foothills Hospital, who cared for Joe with such compassion and dedication during his illness as well as the many friends and neighbours who provided so much support to him and his family over the last few months.
In living memory of Dr. Joseph Davison, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences