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Ohio University mourns the death of civil engineering adjunct faculty member

Anna Hartenbach | Apr 30, 2018

Ohio University mourns the death of civil engineering adjunct faculty member

Anna Hartenbach | Apr 30, 2018

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology and greater Ohio University community is mourning the death of Civil Engineering Adjunct Faculty member Doug Davis.

The 56-year-old, lifelong resident of Zanesville, Ohio, passed away Wed., April 18. He taught both residential and eLearning courses in construction engineering management for the Department of Civil Engineering since 2014, and he was a member of the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) advisory board.

“Doug brought tremendous practical experience into the classroom and was a valued member of our teaching staff -- he will be missed,” said Guy Riefler, professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Bhaven Naik, who co-taught classes with Davis, said he was a great instructor, colleague and friend.

“He loved to teach and be in the classroom, and he was very engaged with the students. They loved him because he was very approachable,” Naik said.

A licensed professional engineer and surveyor in Ohio, Davis had been the Muskingum County engineer in Zanesville, Ohio, since 2004. He was a field expert in the area of construction and construction management.

Deb McAvoy, associate dean for academics and associate professor of civil engineering, said Davis provided students a unique viewpoint of the theory taught in the construction management courses.

“He was well respected by our students and his interactions with them will be greatly missed,” McAvoy said. “I also know how much he enjoyed working with and teaching our students, and for that, we are grateful for the time he spent in the Russ College.”

Davis, who sat on boards of the County Engineers Association and the Ohio State Civil Engineering Alumni Board, and was part of the Short Steel Bridge Alliance, completed a B.S. in civil engineering at Ohio State University in 1988.

He loved riding his Harley, working on his farm, and traveling, and he adored his family. Davis is survived by his wife of 29 years, Teresa Ellwood Davis; sons, Austin and Brandon Davis; mother and father, Pauline and Ron Davis; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rhonda and Rich McGee and Erin and Bill Roush; and nieces, nephews and many close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bishop Rosecrans General fund or to the Special Olympics through LaFayette Lodge #79 in Davis’s name. To send a personal condolence note, please visit Hills, Combs & Nestor Funeral Home’s website.