Theodore H. Davie

Theodore H. Davie, 92, a Gardnerville resident, died July 29, 2005, in Gardnerville. He was born in Portland, Ore., grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1936.

After graduation, he requested flight training duty in the U.S. Navy and was appointed an aviation cadet and after completing flight training in Pensacola, Fla., was designated a naval aviator. He was assigned to fleet and training squadrons prior to World War II and as executive officer and commanding officer of two anti-submarine squadrons after the outbreak of hostilities.

His career included command of aviation squadrons and commanding officer of the Greenwich Bay, flagship of the Middle East Force and the Princeton, an Essex class carrier. He was executive officer of the USS Point Cruz and a graduate of the Naval War College and the National War College. He was assigned to Allied Forces Southern Europe in Italy and later to the American Embassy in Athens as Defense and Naval Attaché.

After his retirement as captain, he took a position in Washington, D.C., with the Water Pollution Control Federation, whose membership and publishing activities he converted to electronic data processing.

In 1978, he accepted a commission from San Diego Trust and Savings Bank to design and write an illustrated history of the bank's main office building. He later became the bank's historian and design coordinator. He also served as vice president of the bank.

In addition to supporting several local aviation, social and cultural organizations, he was a member of the National War College Alumni Association, New York Yacht Club and the Society of Architectural Historians.

Among his survivors are his wife, Adele Hawley; daughter, Pamela; sons John Chapman and Morgan Christopher; stepson, Edward H. Keller; and three grandchildren.

FitzHenry's Carson Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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