Rebecca H. Davis

[ Age 77 ] The pharmacist worked for several firms and traveled the world with her husband, a State Department officer.

January 20, 2008|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter

Rebecca Evangeline Howard Davis, a retired pharmacist, died of diabetes Jan. 13 at Sinai Hospital. The Ashburton resident was 77.

A Baltimore native, the former Rebecca Evangeline Howard was the eighth child in a family of 10. She grew up on Madison Avenue and later Baker Street and was a 1948 honors graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. At age 14 she took a job as a part-time clerk at Greene's Drug Store at McCulloh and Laurens streets, where she developed a lasting love of pharmacology.

"Dr. Benjamin Greene and his wife, Grace, took an interest in her and encouraged her," said Mrs. Davis' sister, Edith Howard Henry of Baltimore. "She was an all-around excellent student and she later revisited her the old store."

In 1948, she entered the Howard University College of Pharmacy on an academic scholarship and graduated in June 1952 with a degree and several honors in pharmacy, including the Lehn and Fink gold medal for outstanding student, the Women's Auxiliary of the American Pharmaceutical Association Award and the Howard University faculty award "for outstanding achievement as a student of pharmacy."

She served two years as president of the Howard University student branch of the American Pharmaceutical Association.

Known as "Becky," she worked at various times for Sinai Hospital, Hilton Court and Rite Aid and the old Read Drug and Chemical Co. She retired in 1998.

In 1950, she married E. Lloyd Davis, who retired as a State Department administrative officer.

They lived from 1965 to 1987 in Ghana, Paris, El Salvador, Cuba, Bosnia, Chile, Budapest and Kazakhstan, among other postings.

"Becky had a warm personality and a keen sense of humor. She could light up any room with her very jovial manner. She deeply loved her family and her work," said her sister. "She enjoyed her many friends in social clubs and professional groups."

Mrs. Davis was a reader and enjoyed playing bridge. She was an accomplished cook and collected recipes from the overseas posts where she lived. She often cooked for embassy personnel, including Marines, and later shared her recipes with friends.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2604 Banister Road, where she was a member.

In addition to her husband of 57 years and sister, survivors include two sons, E. Lloyd Davis Jr. of New York City and Howard Davis of Baltimore; a daughter, Kathleen Davis of Washington; and another sister, Lucy Howard Sylvester, also of Washington.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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