Lloyd Davis | Death notice | news-gazette.com


URBANA – Lloyd E. Davis, 92, from Urbana died on Saturday September 4 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Son of Roger Q. Davis, MD, and Myrtle Burke Davis, Lloyd was born August 23, 1929 in Akron, Ohio. He grew up in the Akron region. It was a medical family: besides his father, a grandfather, a great-uncle, an uncle and a brother were doctors. He had two brothers, Roger Burke Davis and William M. Davis, MD. After high school, he attended Akron University, where he became an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Lloyd served in the US Navy and US Naval Reserve from 1948 to 1953.

Lloyd married his first wife, Thelma L. Brunty, in 1953. He had a son, Mark, and a daughter, Kimberly, from this marriage. The couple divorced in 1972.

He married Carol A. Neff of Columbus, Ohio on September 24, 1972, and they lived in a loving and dedicated partnership for almost 49 years.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Kimberly A. Davis of Norton, Ohio; grandson, Samuel L. Davis of Streetsboro, Ohio; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces on Carol’s side. They will all miss him terribly.

After leaving the Navy, he returned to Ohio, where he attended Ohio State University Veterinary School (DVM, 1959) and subsequently obtained his doctorate. (Physiology and Pharmacology) from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 1963.

Dr Davis was on the faculties of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine at Columbia University, 1959-1969; professor of veterinary clinical pharmacology at Ohio State University, 1969-1972; visiting professor of pharmacology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1972-1974; professor of veterinary clinical pharmacology at Colorado State University, 1974-1978; and professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Illinois, 1978-1994. He was then professor emeritus until his death.

Dr. Davis’ research interests focused on species differences in the disposition and fate of drugs in animals and in regional blood flow. Lloyd was a member of several professional and scientific societies. He was a founding member and first president of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He was instrumental in the development of veterinary clinical pharmacology as a specialty of veterinary medicine and in the creation of certification boards. He was a charter diplomat and past chairman of the board of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology.

During his career, he was honored by election to the Sigma Xi, Phi Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Societies. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award, the 1990 Equine Research Award for “Excellence in Clinical Pharmacology” and was named William N. Creasy Visiting Professor in Clinical Pharmacology, an award sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Lloyd was the first veterinarian to be selected for this prestigious award. In 1988, the AAVPT established the Lloyd E. Davis Award and Lectureship to recognize individual excellence during a career in veterinary pharmacology. He was honored at the University of Illinois in 2008 as one of 17 notable faculty members by appearing on an orange and blue banner flying in Campustown.

Lloyd has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Veterinary Research and the Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He was the editor of drug therapy topics for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has served on several United States Pharmacopoeia committees and served as chairman of the USP Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee. Locally, he was a member of the Senate of the Faculty of the UIUC for several years and chaired several of its committees.

After retiring from college in 1994, Lloyd continued to enjoy woodworking, in which he mainly engaged in building furniture for himself, Carol, and their friends. He was a talented craftsman who loved to work with wood. He loved the planning, layout, cutting and final construction of a new piece of furniture. It was really amazing what he could do with a piece of mahogany or walnut. He also collected and enjoyed shooting guns with Carol.

On Saturday September 25, we invite his friends, colleagues and loved ones to join his family in celebrating Lloyd’s life. We will meet from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Quadruple Room at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign. Drinks and light appetizers will be served. We’ll share our favorite Lloyd stories and memories at 2:30 p.m.

Instead of the usual commemorations, commemorative contributions can be made to the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics or the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (AAVPT.org). Donations can be made to either organization.

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