Dr. Anthony Davids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 15, 2014

Dr. Anthony Davids was born in Providence on August 28, 1923, the son of the late Antonio and Louise (Nahigian) Notarangelo. He graduated from Hope High School in June 1941, where he had been 145 pound R. I. Interscholastic wrestling champion. In June 1941, he legally changed his name to Anthony Davids, taking the surname of his step-father.Upon high school graduation, he worked for the U.S. Civil Service as a clerk-typist at the Army/Air Force Storage Depot at Fields Point in Providence.In March, 1943 he went on active duty as an aviation cadet in the Naval Air Corps. In August 1944 he received his gold wings as a Naval Aviator at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas and was commissioned an Ensign, USNR. He trained as a fighter-pilot at the Jacksonville Florida Naval Air Station, then joined VBF-94, flying F4U Corsairs. In June 1945 his Air Group was assigned to the USS Lexington and joined the Third Fleet in the Pacific, flying combat missions over the Japanese homeland through-out the summer of 1945 until the Japanese surrender. For his performance as a carrier-based fighter pilot Ensign Davids was decorated with the Air Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation with Bronze Star.In September, 1946 he began undergraduate studies at Brown University, majoring in experimental psychology and graduating/Magna Cum Laude in June 1949. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. In September, 1949 he was married to Martha Jean St. Germain, and then embarked upon a program of graduate studies in clinical psychology at Harvard University. He received a masters degree in 1951 and a doctorate in clinical psychology in 1953, and served as Research Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Social Relations at Harvard. In July, 1955 he returned to Rhode Island joining the Psychology Department faculty at Brown and serving as Director of Psychology at the Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital. He resigned the Bradley position in 1980 and continued to serve as Professor of Psychology at Brown until 1989 when he retired as Professor Emeritus.Throughout his distinguished academic career, Dr. Davids published numerous articles in professional journals as well as authoring and editing several books on normal and abnormal psychology in children and adults. He was a long-standing Fellow of the American Psychological Association and was listed in several directories of outstanding scholars including Who’s Who in America and American Men of Science.Dr. Davids was a member of the First Baptist Church of America and of the Metacomet Country Club. He and his wife Martha, who had no children, lived in East Providence since 1957.His funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions to the RISPCA, 186 Amaral St. Riverside, RI 02915 will be appreciated.