Milton Davis, entered Nagasaki after A-bomb

September 07, 1993

Milton J. Davis, a 37-year employee of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. who designed utility service for new communities, died of respiratory failure Aug. 31 at his home in Hamilton. He was 68.

A Northeast Baltimore resident nearly all of his adult life, Mr. Davis was deeply involved with church and neighborhood activities in the Lauraville and Beverly Hills communities

throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

"My father believed in community service," said Anne E. Davis, his only child. "He was president of the Beverly Hills Improvement Association for a long time, and I think he held every position on our church council."

Born in West Baltimore, Mr. Davis attended Lyndhurst Elementary School and left the Polytechnic Institute to join the Navy during World War II. He was a gunner on a landing craft.

Mr. Davis was with troops who entered the devastated Japanese city of Nagasaki after the United States dropped an atomic bomb there. The horror of the experience never left him.

"Every time there'd be a natural disaster around here, he'd say it was nothing like Nagasaki," said Ms. Davis of Annapolis.

After being discharged in 1946, Mr. Davis returned to Baltimore and went to work for the state roads department, where he helped survey and build U.S. 50 through Ocean City.

About this time he met Elise Henneberger at Zion Lutheran Church in Lauraville. They were married Oct. 1, 1949. They lived in a house the bride's grandfather built in Hamilton when that section of the city was still farmland.

Davis joined BG&E in the early 1950s, and worked there until his retirement in 1988. During this time he lived on Grindon Avenue for more than 30 years. Since his retirement, he had resided about a mile north on Alta Avenue.

He and his wife passed summers at Ocean City, where Mr. Davis read Louis L'Amour books on the beach and walked a Labrador retriever named "Ocean City Rags."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave., to which the family suggested memorial donations be made.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Davis is survived by a brother, Leo V. Davis of Boone, N.C.

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