John Bridge Davis
Davis, John Bridge Passed away December 1, 2019 from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jill Farr Davis; five children, Robert (Robbie), Wendy (Pete), Tracy (Peter), Laurie (Dean), and Rowland (Amy); ten grandchildren, Peter, Jill, Megann, Trisha, Peter, Cassie, Alistair, Allison, Rachel, Emma; one great-grandchild, Sophia; and sister Peggy (John). John was born in White Plains, NY to Eleanor (Tilton) and Rowland Lucius Davis. He graduated from Bates College in 1956 and earned a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958. His successful career included 15 years with Corning Glass as part of the team that developed the "counter that cooks," earning a patent in 1971; 20 years with Litton Industries where he was instrumental in the commercialization of micro-wave oven technology; and Horton Industries where he earned a second patent in 1999. John "retired" into financial planning where he helped many people plan and save for retirement, often on a pro bono basis. He was also a life-long sailor, competing at Keuka Yacht Club in upstate New York and at Minnetonka Yacht Club in Minnesota. John and Jill loved world culture and traveled extensively on all seven continents, often trekking to remote locations. An engineer at heart, one of John's pastimes was designing and building houses, and in the 1980s he fulfilled a life-long dream and built a home on Lake Minnetonka where he and Jill enjoyed life on the lake for many years. A memorial service and reception will be held at Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, MN at 11:00 a.m. May 2, 2020 with a visitation one hour preceding the service.
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