Former Head of Hydrology and Water Resources Dies at 83
Stanley N. Davis, professor emeritus and noted hydrologist, died Nov. 18.

Ellen Moss
March 4, 2008


Stanley N. Davis, professor emeritus and former head of the department of hydrology and water resources at The University of Arizona, died on Nov. 18. He was 83.

Davis earned a bachelor's degree in geology with a minor in mathematics from the University of Nevada in 1949, a Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Kansas in 1951 and his doctorate in geology from Yale University in 1955. He joined the UA faculty in 1975.

Davis also was a faculty member at Stanford University; the University of Chile; the University of Missouri, Columbia; and Indiana University, Bloomington.

During his career, Davis was a consultant for the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the Kansas and Missouri geological surveys, the Arctic Institute of North America, Princeton University, and the University Oriente and the University de los Andes, both in Venezuela.

In 1989, he was presented with the O.E. Meinzer Award by the Geological Society of America, and in 1996 he was made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Davis was the author or co-author of more than 100 scholarly publications, and co-author of the seminal textbook "Hydrogeology" with Roger DeWiest.

He is survived by his wife, Augusta; two sons, Gerald and Randall; four daughters, Ruth Queathem, Darlene Binder, Betty Jean Davis Voelkel and Nancy F. Davis; two stepdaughters, Tara de Souza and Locana de Souza; three brothers, Donald, Irvine and Franklin; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and injustice around the world for the benefit of children, families and communities.

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