December 12, 2012

Obituaries 12/12/12

John Alward Pell

Beloved husband and father, John was born in Orange, N.J. in 1926. He graduated from Newark Academy and Princeton University cum laude. He was on the football team and a member of the class of 1948 and served as vice president of his class from 1998-2003. John was a member of the Tower Club and Navy ROTC. John went on to graduate from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania with an MA in finance. John served as ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1957. He was in the oil department and authored a 100-page report on shale refining in 1955. He then served as manager of banking in N.Y. and N.J. for Chase Manhattan Bank. John went on to become vice president in 1965. In 1968, he and his family moved to London and lived on Chester Square. There, he was a director of the Standard Bank responsible for 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East. In 1972, he became managing director of London InterState Bank a consortium of 5 banks: Keyzer Ullman, Hamburgische, Landesbank, Wells Fargo, Maryland National, and the Indiana National Banks. The family lived in London and Brixham London.

John was president of British American Associates, a company that sends lecturers to the English Speaking Union. In 1979, he became senior vice president of Midlantic Bank in N.J. He traveled Europe and the Middle East for Midlantic, then became president of the Bank of China for Midlantic. John and his wife, Jan, moved to Hong Kong for one year, before selling the bank to The Bank of Southern Africa. He retired from Midlantic in 1992. He then served Governor Christine Todd Whitman as vice chairman of the New Jersey Banking Board for Foreign Trade during her term. In 1994, he became president of World Water Inc, which delivers solar-powered water equipment to the developing world.

John was a member of the Essex County Country Club, the American Church in London, and the Hurlingham Club in Roehampton, London, Bucks Club, and Addington Golf Club, both in London, the Nassau Club, The Bedens Brook Club, and the Nassau Church in Princeton. John was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing tennis with his children and traveling throughout Europe and the British Isles with his family during his 11 years in England. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janice Phillips Pell and his sister, Nancy Campbell from Mendham. He is also survived by three children: Richard C. Pell, Sandra Pell deGroot, and Leslie Pell Linnehan and six grandchildren; Roxanna Pell, Samual Pell deGroot, Lila Pell, Lucinda deGroot, Catherine Gardiner Linnehan, and Gibson Pell Linnehan.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Trinity Church on Mercer Street in Princeton with a reception immediately to follow at The Bedens Brook Club at 240 Rolling Hill Road in Skillman.


Henry Davison, Jr.

Henry Davison, Jr., M.D., beloved husband, father, surgeon, and teacher, died on Friday at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP). He was 51 years old. The cause of death was pneumonia after a long, heroic battle with cancer.

Dr. Davison grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and graduated first in his class from Northside High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Columbia College, New York, New York in 1983. He then attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and graduated with distinction, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.

In 1992, Dr. Davison completed a general surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York and entered surgical practice at the Medical Center at Princeton (now known as UMCPP). In 1993, Dr. Davison became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. On the faculty at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as a clinical instructor of surgery, he taught many medical students and surgical residents over a twenty-year period. Dr. Davison was president of the medical and dental staff and participated in the decision to move the hospital to its new site. He was also chairman of the Medical and Dental Staff Bylaws Committee. Dr. Davison founded “Soul to Soul”, a program for the general public to provide speakers on health issues of concern to African-Americans, sponsored by UMCPP Community Education Outreach. Dr. Davison performed general surgery including cancer and laparoscopic surgeries and endoscopic procedures. With a colleague, Dr. Davison performed the first laparoscopic colon resection at UMCPP. Dr. Davison also pioneered the use of single-port access surgery at UMCPP. In practice until a week before he passed away, Dr. Davison cared for countless residents of Princeton and the surrounding area during his years as a surgeon.

In addition to his work as a surgeon, Dr. Davison was a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees of the Chapin School and a dedicated supporter of Chapin School Soccer and Lacrosse, Montgomery Township Soccer and Youth Lacrosse, and Peddie School Soccer and Crew.

Son of the late Ruth Davison of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Davison is survived by his beloved wife, Oakley, and precious sons, Bradley, 17, Alexander, 16, and Ryan, 14; sisters-in-law Grace Gibson, Glenda Greaves and Barbara Cadogan; brothers-in-law Trevor Babb and Tierson Babb; and nieces Sheena Gibson, Shari Strickland, and Nadia Cadogan. He will also be missed by his colleagues and the staff at Princeton Surgical Associates and UMCPP.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton. Burial will follow immediately at Rocky Hill Cemetery. Calling hours were held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Davison’s memory to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.