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Audrey Ineson Davison ’49

Audrey Mae Ineson Davison ’49, September 6, 2002, in Seattle. Audrey began her undergraduate work at Reed, and completed a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Washington in 1950, followed by a BS in chemistry from Seattle University. She worked for the Ampex Corporation in 1958. In 1963, she received her master’s degree in biological science from Stanford, and taught briefly at the University of California, Santa Clara, before taking a position as head of the clinical chemistry department at the Permanente Medical Foundation in Santa Clara 1965. Beginning in 1967, she worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital and Stanford University in Palo Alto as a research associate in Factor VIII research, protein purification techniques, immunoassay, and electophoresis. In 1974, Audrey became an instructor in biochemistry for DeAnza College, Cupertino; and in 1988, she was the senior clinical laboratory scientist for the San Jose Medical Group. She organized citizen participation, Preservation of Foothills, in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz in the early ’70s. Her work in land use and park development in the Almaden Valley and South Santa Clara County Hills earned her a nomination as Woman of Achievement in Santa Clara in 1973. Audrey earned a JD from San Francisco Law School in 1992, and began working on a second master’s degree. In the ’90s, she was a self-employed environmental law consultant, and served as a board member for the Association for Women in Science. She married John Roats; they had one son and later divorced. She then married Kenneth B. Davison, who predeceased her, and they had one son. A woman of great energy for research and academics, Audrey attributed her motivation for learning new things to her Reed experience.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2003

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