Richard P. Davis, 79

Director of Baltimore's neighborhood markets also headed City Fair

June 29, 2007

Richard P. Davis, the retired director of Baltimore's neighborhood markets who had earlier headed the City Fair, died of Parkinson's disease June 21 at a Cumberland nursing home. The former Village of Cross Keys resident was 79.

Born in Orange, N.J., he was a graduate of St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Del., and earned a bachelor's degree in English at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

He worked on newspapers in Meridian, Conn., and Rochester, N.Y., before joining the Evening Sun as a copy editor in 1952. In 1959, he was named an American Newspaper Guild vice president-at-large and two years later he became a Guild international representative based in Panama City.

In 1969, he became a spokesman and director of information services for the city's Department of Housing and Community Development and three years later while maintaining his city job was named president of the Baltimore City Fair, a voluntary post.

As part of his duties, Mr. Davis escorted architects and planners on trips through the city's harbor and neighborhoods. He also worked on a 1978 campaign to lure Washingtonians to move to Baltimore.

In 1984, he became director of the Hollins, Cross Street, Broadway, Northeast, Lafayette and Belair markets. He retired 14 years ago.

Mr. Davis had an interest in William Shakespeare's plays and poetry.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Margie Gale; two brothers, William F. Davis Jr. of Williamsburg, Va., and James C. Davis of Philadelphia; three nephews and a niece.

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