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Charles A. Davis

Feb. 18, 2007

Dr. Charles A. Davis, who served Western Michigan University as a professor of electrical engineering and in other capacities for 27 years, died Feb. 7 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. He was 70.

Davis was a native of Petersburg, Va., and joined the faculty in 1967, teaching at WMU while continuing his graduate studies at Michigan State University. He completed his doctorate at MSU in 1975 and was promoted to full professor in electrical engineering in 1976.

While at WMU, Davis also served as associate director of the Office of Faculty Development from 1986-87 and was director of campus planning, extension and engineering from 1987-89, when he returned to the faculty. He retired with emeritus status in 1994.

In his spare time, he was an avid golfer, maintained a presence on the local political scene and enjoyed writing poetry. His first book of poems, titled "Poems in the Key of Life," was published in 1994. Earlier that year, one of his poems was selected for the anthology, "The Space Between," published by the National Library of Poetry.

Prior to coming to WMU, Davis worked as an engineer at Ford Motor Co. from 1964-67 and Bendix Corp. from 1963-64. He was a research associate at University of Michigan from 1960-63, where he obtained his master's degree in 1963.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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