M. Edward Davis, Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, April 9, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. He was born in Chicago, IL on April 19, 1937 to the late Dr. M. Edward Davis and Jeanette Sanger Davis. Ed's early life and education centered around the University of Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where he completed his high school education. He then earned a BA from the University of Chicago in 1957 and was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. Ed also received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1959. He spent the majority of his career at RR Donnelley and Sons, Chicago, followed by joining the United Way of Chicago in 1994 as a fundraiser until moving to Indianapolis in 1998.
Ed will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 43 years, Jane Kirchheimer Davis and his children: M. Edward Davis, III; Philip Wendell Davis; Katherine London Davis; and Robert Andrew Davis (Alexandra). He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Davis Boden and his first wife Marian Harris Davis.
Ed's family brought him the most joy in life. As a young widower he was a devoted father to his then three year old son, Eddie. Adored by all of his children, Ed loved sharing knowledge with them and teaching them about subjects in which he was passionate, including nature, birds, and trees. As an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan, he passed that passion onto his children as well. Ed was even more enthusiastic about his children's athletic endeavors and attended hundreds of their youth sporting events and extracurricular activities throughout the years. He also volunteered his time to support the Indianapolis area USTA and the Washington Township Tennis Program.
Donations in celebration of Ed's life may be made to JDRF, http://www.jdrf.org/indiana/ or Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/chapters/indiana/. A private, family service will take place at a later date in Chicago, IL.
The Day the Music Died. Philip W. Davis
I was saddened to read in the "Chicago Tribune" of Ed's death. As the organizer of the RR Donnelley's community activities, I was pleased to help place him as a United Way loaned executive, a position in which he excelled. Ed will be remembered as a good colleague and an effective community leader. Please accept my condolences to his entire family. Susan Levy, Director, Community Relations, RR Donnelley (retired)
What a wonderful man, husband, and father. So many would give so much to have had Ed in their lives. Your sorrow will turn to joy as time passes and the great memories prevail. Michael Speas
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