John Mason Davis Jr.

August 2, 1935January 2, 2019

Preston- John Mason Davis Jr., 83, of Brand Rd., passed away January 2, 2019 at the William W. Backus Hospital. John was born August 2, 1935 in Norwich, the son of the late John Mason Davis Sr. and Alice Lillian (Burdick). John graduated from the University of Chicago where he received his Master’s Degree in Economics. John had worked with Alan Greenspan as the Special Assistant to the Federal Reserve under the Nixon and Ford administration. He had also served as the Senior Vice President of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank. Upon early retirement, he returned home to Preston to run his family farm, as farming was his lifelong passion. John is survived by his children Joan Wood and husband William of Ohio, Deborah Locker and husband Robert of Michigan, Dr. John Davis III, DDS and wife Evelyn of Florida and Matthew S. Davis and wife Karen of Preston, by his brothers Andrew Davis of Sterling and David Davis of Norwich, by his grandchildren Ashley J. Giannetti, Robert C. Locker Jr., Matthew S. Davis Jr., Stephen Wood, Courtney Davis and Abigail Davis. A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich at 2pm. Memorial donations in John’s memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury , 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203. To leave a message of condolence for John’s family, please visit his memorial at The Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. is assisting with arrangements.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 10, 2019

John Mason Davis Jr.

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Robert Ware

January 31, 2019

I worked with John at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and I wanted to offer my condolences to his family. He was a good man and may he rest in peace.

Norman Freyer

January 21, 2019

John was a classmate of mine at the Norwich Free Academy and the University of Connecticut. I remember those classes for advanced agricultural economics that we had together at UCONN. When I visited with him at the farm this past summer, we reminisced about a great night of fun that we had with three other friends in Willimantic. Until this past summer, this was the first time I had seen John since when he attended my wedding in 1958. Our pathways went in different directions demanded by our occupations.

Norm Freyer, UCONN '58