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Melvin E. Davis ’48, MA ’51

Melvin E. Davis ’48, MA ’51, December 4, 2008, in Anacortes, Washington. Mel spent his early years in Nebraska and Idaho before moving to Oregon. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force as an aircraft armament specialist, and participated in the Normandy Invasion and the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp. He received a BA in general literature and an MA in education, and taught briefly in Eastern Oregon before moving to Anacortes. At Anacortes High School, he taught Latin, French, and Spanish, and was heavily involved in the school's drama program. Mel was a founding member of the Anacortes Community Theatre and taught Great Books classes at the Anacortes Library for 10 years. He enjoyed sailing and fishing in Puget Sound. Survivors include his wife, Jill; and two sons and three daughters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2009

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