Ray Jay Davis

4 Dec 1927 - 10 Aug 2000

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Ray Jay Davis

4 Dec 1927 - 10 Aug 2000
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In 1949, word circulated among Mormon academics that BYU president Howard McDonald had resigned from office. Ray J. Davis, head of the biology department at Idaho State College, decided to throw his hat in the ring for the position. On October 18, he wrote the following in his letter of application:
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Ray Jay Davis


East Lawn Memorial Hills

East Lawn Drive
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


June 28, 2011


June 27, 2011

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Ray Joseph Davis: A Life to 1949

Contributor: Chynna67 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

In 1949, word circulated among Mormon academics that BYU president Howard McDonald had resigned from office. Ray J. Davis, head of the biology department at Idaho State College, decided to throw his hat in the ring for the position. On October 18, he wrote the following in his letter of application: "I was born at Provo, Utah, in 1895 of pioneer ancestry. My grandparents on the David side were members of the original colony that settled Provo, and my mother's parents, Broadbent, came from England to Provo soon after its settlement. I was reared on a farm at the edge of town and worked with my father until he died in middle life. I then ran the farm, helping to provide for my younger brothers and sisters until I left for a mission. "Starting my formal education under Sister [Ida Smoot] Dusenberry in the kindergarten at the Brigham Young University, I graduated from the eighth grade, high school, and college there, later going back and doing graduate work. Two majors, agriculture and physical education, and a minor in the field of education constituted my undergraduate work. Later I attended the University of Wisconsin and received my Ph.D. degree in biology. Since then i have attended school at the University of Wyoming and Harvard University and have also done special research work at the National Herbarium in Washington, D.C.; the New York Botanical Gardens, New York City; and Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. "I have published twenty-seven scientific articles and have a large book, _Flora of Idaho_, being corrected in manuscript form for the printers. A member of six scientific societies, I am listed in American Men of Science, Who's Who in Education in America, and Who's Who in the Northwest. my first teaching was in Utah at Beaver County High School; then I taught at Dixie College. While studying for my doctorate, I worked for the Wisconsin State Department of Agriculture, and for the United States Department of Agriculture. After graduation, I was a staff member at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Virginia. My next position was Professor of Biology at Ricks College where I taught for six years; then I came to Idaho State College where I have been Professor of Botany and Head of the Botany Department until the present time. "I have spent my summers in Utah and Idaho doing research on range conditions for the Forest Service, lecturing in Yellowstone Park as a naturalist, and collecting an herbarium of about fifty thousand plants. "My church work has been varied. i have held office continuously in some church organization, except for the time I was attending school in Wisconsin where there was not any branch of the church, since I was twelve years old. I have filled two missions, one in the Southern States and one in California. While I lived in Provo, I was president of my Deacon and Teacher Quorums, a Sunday school teacher, secretary and assistant superintendent of the Sunday School organization, scoutmaster, and president of the Mutual Improvement Association. At Rexburg, I acted on the M.I.A. Stake Board, was ward Sunday school superintendent, and, and a scoutmaster. I continued church activities in Pocatello and became a Bishop's Councilor, a member of the Sunday school Stake Board. After serving for six years on the high council, I became bishop of the Pocatello second ward and continued in the capacity until last year. I have also assisted in the teaching of classes at the Institute located at Idaho State College. "In community affairs I have also been active. I have twenty-seven years of service in the Boy Scouts of America, having held most of offices in this organization from Scoutmaster to Council President and Regional Committeeman. I am an Eagle Scout and have three sons who also hold this rank. i have also been awarded the Silver Beaver. For several years I served on the Pocatello Community Chest Board and was its president for two years. I have been president of the 'Pocatello youth Welfare Council' and State Secretary of the 'Idaho Pioneer Trails and Landmark Association.' For fifteen years I have been a member of the Pocatello Rotary club and last spring was elected to the Pocatello City Council. "My wife is also a graduate of the Brigham Young University and was the first girl to be selected as Valedictorian at that school. She has taught school in the grades, high school, and college. She has served on the various ward and stake boards where women work, has been in the Presidency of the Stake Relief Society, President of the Stake Y.W.M.I.A. and Stake President of the Primary Organization. She filled a mission in the Northern States, then accompanied me on another one to California. "We have four sons, two of whom are serving on missions at the present time: Hal, in the French mission, and Ray Jay, in the Mexican Mission. The eldest son served int he armed forces and graduated from college with honors before going on his mission. My third son, Lynn, was elected youth governor of Idaho at the Model legislature this year and represented this state at Washington, D.C., at the Youth Governor's conference last June. Our youngest boy is twelve years old. "It is my firm conviction that the purpose of the Brigham Young University is to help develop primarily Latter-day Saints and to train them for leadership in the church as well as in the professions."

Life timeline of Ray Jay Davis

Ray Jay Davis was born on 4 Dec 1927
Ray Jay Davis was 12 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Ray Jay Davis was 14 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Nazi Germany is the common English name for Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP) controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that controlled nearly all aspects of life via the Gleichschaltung legal process. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich from 1943 to 1945. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich, from German Drittes Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire and the German Empire. The Nazi regime ended after the Allied Powers defeated Germany in May 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
Ray Jay Davis was 25 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Ray Jay Davis was 36 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Ray Jay Davis was 45 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
Ray Jay Davis was 62 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
Ray Jay Davis was 62 years old when Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Ray Jay Davis died on 10 Aug 2000 at the age of 72
Grave record for Ray Jay Davis (4 Dec 1927 - 10 Aug 2000), BillionGraves Record 29087 Provo, Utah, Utah, United States