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Professor Raymond Edward Davis, Ph.D.
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, or the Tarrytown United Methodist Church Music or Endowment program to honor Ray's memory.

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“I'm sad to hear about this. Sadly I only knew him as a college professor for Chemistry II course. Great amazing teacher, top two of the best...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Mike Cong

“Thinking about my dad. Missing my conversations with him and the wisdom he held. ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Laura - Austin

“It is hard to believe this many years have passed since the loss of Ray. He was an outstanding teacher and mentor and I was honored to be one of his...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Walter Henslee - MC DADE, TX


4 of 28 | Posted by: Caroline SmithRogers - Austin, TX

“I love you Dad. So blessed to have had you as my father. Brilliant, funny, compassionate, silly. I could list a million adjectives to describe what...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Laura Davis-Kane - Austin, TX

“My favorite professor by far. His passion for Chemistry is the main reason I became a Chemical Engineer. God bless and rest in peace. ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“I had the privilege of taking an introductory chemistry course at UT Austin in the summer of 1989 with Dr. Davis. After having had a mediocre (at...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: H. Murillo - San Antonio, TX

“I had the great privilege of working as a post-doc in crystallography with Ray in the 1970s.He had the quickest mind I have ever witnessed. Without a...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“I've had many, many excellent teachers over the years, but none better than Dr. Davis. To help train teachers, I've frequently cited my memory of Dr....Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Stephen Walker - Austin, TX

“I was privileged to work with Dr. Davis in the X-ray lab. He was always gracious and supportive, and will be greatly missed. ”
10 of 28 | Posted by: Daniel Price - Arvada, CO

“Ray was a very nice person and had a friendly personality. We all new he was extremely smart. Sorry I was late reading this. What tremendous drive...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Van Sutherland

“Ray's death is tragic beyond words. ”
12 of 28 | Posted by: Richard Harlow - rexford, NY

“I didn't know Ray all that well but I was a great admirer of his parents and I know how proud they were of him and his accomplishments. You have our...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Terry and JoAnne Harper - KS

“Sharon, I didn't know Ray that well in School. My loss. Got to know him much better at the reunion meetings. Had some great conversations with...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Joe McGuire - Centennial, CO

“Not often in proximity, but never estranged from this humble, gentle man. My love and prayers surround you, Sharon, and the rest of your family as...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Patricia Kiddoo - Clearwater, FL

“A colleague without peer, a loyal friend and a caring man, he made a difference. Very hard to accept that he won't be there. Our heart felt sympathy...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Mel and Pat Oakes - Austin, TX

“It is rare to find a research scientist who is also such a gifted teacher. He helped shape my career on many levels. So many fond memories. ”
17 of 28 | Posted by: Walter Henslee - McDade, TX

“Speechless at the loss of such a vibrant man, we will always remember his contagious smile, his passion for teaching, and true devotion to his...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Anna Grassini & John T. McDevitt - TX

“I am so proud to call you my dad. I miss you here on earth, but am thankful for my faith in our Lord, for I know we will be reunited one day. Until...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Laura Louise Kane - Austin, TX

“I will miss you.Larry Peck (formerly from Texas A&M) ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: - Lewiston, ID

“A delightful man, husband, father and friend that will be missed and remembered by all that knew him. Noel & Nunnally Rawson ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“What a great uncle. What a great person. I will miss you Uncle Ray and never forget the love and supprt from you, Aunt Sharon, and Family. We will...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Brad Klingenberg - Katy, TX

“Missing you, Uncle Ray, and thinking of the family left behind... ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Amy Davis Caviness - Independence, MO

“With kind rememberances and prayers from The Bezirgans (Childhood friends and neighbors of Angela, Laura and Brian). ”
24 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest condolences on your loss. I always enjoyed spending time with your family and visiting the Davis household. Ray was a great man with a...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Brad Byrd - San Antonio, TX

“The happiest,kindest and talented man I have ever known. ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Lynn Klingenberg - Dickinson, TX

“I love you Dad. I miss you tremendously! Best Dad ever, Best Papa EVER! ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Angela - Buda, TX - daughter

“From Yale to our many years in Texas, we will miss you dear friend. ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Jeff and Ann McKennis - TX


Professor Raymond Edward Davis, Ph.D. was born November 7, 1938 in Hobbs, New Mexico. At the age of two, he moved to Neodesha, Kansas with his proud parents, Edward and Louise Davis. Ray spent his childhood and school years in Neodesha. Here, Ray also met his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Sharon Klingenberg.

Ray attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence where he received a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemistry in 1960. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. Ray and Sharon were married in the summer of 1960 in the First United Methodist Church in Neodesha. From 1960 to 1964, Ray attended graduate school at Yale University. Ray and his family spent two years in Buffalo, New York where he completed post-doctoral work as a cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Memorial Institute.

Dr. Davis accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department of The University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1966. Dr. Davis' teaching profession was a passion; there are no words to express his love of teaching and learning. "Ray's teaching was a gift he shared with every student he came in contact with."

Dr. Davis proudly received numerous teaching awards including the Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship in 1992, the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996, and (five times) the Outstanding Teacher Award given by campus freshman honor societies. In 1995, Dr. Davis was named an inaugural member of the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Ray's friends and former students created the Raymond E. Davis Endowment Scholarship in Chemistry and Biochemistry in his honor.

During his career as Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Davis began coauthoring The Principles of General Chemistry with Dr. Ken Whitten and Dr. Ken Gailey from the University of Georgia. Dr. Davis also worked with Dr. Larry Peck, of Texas A&M on several additional editions. This past year, Dr. Davis coauthored the 10th edition of this textbook with Dr. George Stanley of LSU. Many of these college level textbooks have been translated to other languages and several high school chemistry textbooks were also authored by Ray.

From 1987 through 2012, Dr. Davis was a member of the American Crystallographic Association and was elected and served as President in 2003. Dr. Davis is known globally for his research in the field of X-ray Crystallography.

Ray retired from U.T. Austin in 2006 as University Distinguished Professor Emeritus after forty years of teaching, research and publishing. He continued to coauthor his textbooks until 2013.

Ray's love of life, family, music, history, photography and simply learning something new was how he spent every day. Ray discovered a new love of watching and identifying hundreds of birds after moving to the country near the Village of Salado, Texas.

Both Ray and Sharon were extremely proud of their children and grandchildren, and attended many events to support each one of them. Often they attended several events or games on the same day in different towns. Ray was the rock of the family, and every family member loved to make him proud.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Louise Davis; Grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Ward H. Davis and Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Perry; Mother-in-law, Vi Tincknell and husband Garland; Father-in-law Max Klingenberg; Brother-in-law Ron Klingenberg and wife, Kay.

Ray is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter and son-in-law Angela and Rick Wampler; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Mikel Kane; and son Brian Edward Davis. Grandchildren include Ryan, Kendall, Gracelyn, William, Olivia, Hannah, Kevin and Stuart; guardian grandchildren, KeMiaya and TyKyra; and step grandchildren, Tasha and Richard. Additionally, Ray is survived by his brother, Ken and wife, Candace; his sister, Barbara; three brothers-in-law: Richard, Jon and Gary Klingenberg and wives; numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Uncle Ray was a favorite of many.

Ray's passing on May 29, 2013 has left a big empty hole in the lives and hearts of all who were privileged to love and know him.

A celebration of Ray's life will be held at Tarrytown United Methodist Church on Exposition Boulevard in Austin on Saturday June 15, 2013 at 1:00pm with Pastor John Feagins (a former student) and Pastor Bobby Jones officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, or the Tarrytown United Methodist Church Music or Endowment program to honor Ray's memory.