John Alden Davison of Bainbridge Island, Washington passed away on November 15, 2017 in his 100th year. Dr. Davison was born in Olinda, Brazil, the first child of YMCA missionary parents in that country. His father, Waldo, started the first evening commercial men’s college in Rio de Janeiro. His mother, Marguerite, was an eminent weaver and the author of Handweaver’s Pattern Book and Handweaver’s Source Book, still essential guides to weaving students.
Having left Brazil during the Depression at 11 years old, Alden received his education in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he also became an Eagle Scout. He received his BS in Chemistry at Brown University and his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in Physical Chemistry, and he continued further studies in Electrical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Alden retired from the Research Department at United States Rubber Company. He taught courses in Chemical Engineering for the University of Connecticut and , after retirement, served as adjunct professor at a number of colleges in the Hartford and Waterbury areas.
Dr. Davison traveled widely in South America and Europe and spoke and read in many languages. He was a lifetime member of the American Chemical Society, #75 in the Catskill 3500 Club, and was for many years an active leader in the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Alden is survived by Jane, his wife of 46 years, daughter Carol Fountain (Kenneth), son Robert (Kate) from a previous marriage, and niece Caroline Browne (David) and their daughters Emily Browne and Laura Winters.
A memorial remembrance will be held on Sunday, September 9th at Red Pine Park on Bainbridge Island from 12-2 for his family and friends.