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January 9, 1993


A memorial service for Arthur W. Davidson, 96, North Kansas City, Mo., will be scheduled this spring in Lawrence. Mr. Davidson died Friday, Jan. 8, 1993, at the Veterans Medical Center in Leavenworth. Cremation is planned.

Mr. Davidson was a Kansas University professor emeritus of chemistry. He came to KU in 1921 and conducted research and taught until his retirement in 1966. He became professor of chemistry in 1937.

At the time of his death, Mr. Davidson was the senior member of KU's emeritus faculty.

The Journal-World reported after his retirement that Mr. Davidson's final chemistry lecture of each semester had become a KU tradition. He typically concluded his course with a demonstration of the properties of liquid air and his students gave him a standing ovation.

He was born in New York and received a bachelor of arts degree from College of the City of New York and his master of science and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.

During his tenure at KU, Mr. Davidson was chairman of the department of chemistry and assistant dean and associate dean of the graduate school.

In 1954-55, he was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Turku in Turku, Finland.

After his retirement from KU, Mr. Davidson was a visiting professor at Baker University and at Colorado University.

He authored several college textbooks and technical articles and was an associate editor of the American Chemical Society.

In August 1985, Mr. Davidson and his wife, Betty, moved to North Kansas City. Mrs. Davidson died in March 1987.

Survivors include a son, David L. Davidson, Conifer, Colo.; a daughter, Dorothy L. Rich, North Kansas City; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Arthur W. Davidson Lecture Series, which was previously established with the KU Department of Chemistry.

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