The Davies family announced today that a scholarship, the Bob and Shirley Davies Endowed Scholarship, has been established at Wright State University School of Medicine in memory of the couple's dedication to teaching, service and community. When Dr. Bob and Shirley Davies perished in a private plane crash in October 2001, the medical school and the medical community were stunned.
Davies was in private practice in Troy when Wright State University School of Medicine was formed in 1973. His daughter, Ann (Davies) Moyer, remembers being surprised that her father would "join the effort to start a medical school because he so loved being in private practice. However, he welcomed the opportunity to have an impact on future generations of physicians, to show by example that practicing medicine was more than test and charts and to demonstrate that a listening ear and kind manner were also invaluable."
Davies served as chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Wright State during its formative years and as clinical professor of internal medicine after he returned to private practice in 1982. Davies was also a charter member of the Academy of Medicine, a community service organization that supports medical education at Wright State.
Throughout his career, Davies focused upon the improved practice of medicine and was regarded by his colleagues as the consummate physician. Wright State's medical alumni fondly remember the annual picnic at the Davies home.
Davies' wife of 45 years Shirley served the medical community as well. She was a past president of the Ohio State Medical Auxiliary, was presiding over the Miami County Board of Health and the Miami County Medical Alliance at the time of her death, and volunteered as a fund raiser for Stouder Hospital for more than 20 years. She was active in many community and civic efforts and the recipient of several community service awards.
The couple are alumni of Ohio Wesleyan University. Davies graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was former Vice President, Chief Medical Director of Nationwide Insurance in Columbus. In addition, he served in leadership positions at Stouder Memorial Hospital, Dettmer General Hospital, and Harding Hospital. As a member of the American Medical Association, he served on national advisory committees for preventive and therapeutic medical services.
"This scholarship seems fitting," says Moyer, "because it will aid and positively affect new physicians. In essence, their legacy lives on."