Our brilliant, accomplished and thoughtful son, Jeffrey Davis, passed away on August 30, 2023. He had been valiantly fighting cancer for a year. Jeff was valedictorian at Cathedral High School and went on to graduate with a perfect GPA from MIT, where he majored in Chemical Engineering and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his MA and PHD from Princeton University where he continued his record of academic excellence in his area of expertise: Fluid Mechanics and Mathematics.
As a professor at UMass-Amherst he earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award: an important National Science Foundation CAREER Award; and a UMass-Amherst Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow Award. The award he was most proud of was the UMass Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor on campus for classroom excellence. One of his greatest gifts was his ability to teach. Before his death Jeff was nearing completion of a comprehensive textbook on fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer. During the course of his research, Jeff discovered several errors in problem solutions in previous textbooks which he corrected by rederiving the equations from scratch.
In his personal life Jeff was an avid tennis fan, an excellent clarinetist and an accomplished skier.
He leaves behind his parents Christine and Benjamin Davis; his brothers Tim (Erin) and Jon (Sarah); his aunt Cindy (Ian); uncles Bud (Ginny), Paul (Pam) and Bill (Dottie); and several cousins. His greatest joy came from his nieces Callie and Sammie and nephews Big Jack and Little Jack.
The family wishes to especially thank Ciociu Jane and Charlotte, Francine, PNCU and Joe and Maria for all their help during this difficult summer. We also want to acknowledge Jeff’s oncologist Dr. Bruce Giantonio for providing him with hope, as well as all the nurses and staff at Mass General for their kindness and excellent care.
Funeral services for Jeff will be held Friday, September 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA. Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeff’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.
Date: Friday, September 8, 2023
Time: 11:00 am
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeff’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.