Dorothy Jean Davy
February 15, 1932 – October 7, 2021
Dorothy J. Davy, 89, passed away October 7' at Maryville Nursing Home in Beaverton. She was born February 15, 1932 in Portland to parents Conwell Landis and Constance Wright Davy.
Dorothy attended Washington High School and started her college education in 1950 at Lewis & Clark College but did not complete her degree. Instead, she chose to travel for several months; an early sign of her eventual love of international travel. Diagnosed with a hearing loss as a child, she took elocution lessons and learned to lip read. She completed a nursing degree from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Lewis & Clark College. After graduation, she became a Staff Nurse with Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center, which led to becoming the Evening Assistant to the Director of Nursing. She became Acting Head Nurse/Staff Nurse at the Portland Veterans Hospital for a time before returning to Good Samaritan Hospital where she was given the position of In-Service Educational Instructor where she established and developed the first hospital education department in Portland. At the age of 32, she became the Director of Nursing Service at Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center, the youngest director serving the largest Portland area hospital at that time. During her eight years in that position, the coronary care, stroke care and intermediate care units were implemented. She was then promoted to Director of Hospital Education, which included employee orientation, employee and patient education and community/hospital interaction programs. She spent a year as the Director of Provider Relations at Portland Metro Health, the first open panel HMO in the Northwest and took over as Director of Nursing/Acting Administrator at Camelot Care Center, a 100 bed skilled facility in Forest Grove. Dorothy was very proud to receive the degree of Master of Business Administration from City University in Bellevue, Washington. From 1978 until her retirement in 1990, she was Executive Director of the Oregon State Board of Nursing where she oversaw the regulation of the practice of nursing. Under Dorothy's leadership, the OSBN became the largest health related board to become independent. Her legislative efforts helped further the nurse practitioner program. It was a great honor for Dorothy to be elected to the City University Board of Governors where her experience was an important addition to City University's growing health care and nursing programs. She also served as Area I Director of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Dorothy was a life member of the Valiant Sellwood Ct #92 - Order of the Eastern Star.
Dorothy had a very loving and caring nature, a strong religious faith and was generous to a fault. She will be greatly missed. After retirement, Dorothy enjoyed the company of her friends, traveling, coin collecting and spending time at her beach home in Nehalem. Her beloved dogs kept her busy and entertained. During the past several years, Dorothy's health slowly became a challenge. She was able to remain in her own home with the assistance of in home caregivers prior to her move to Maryville Nursing Home. During her stay at Maryville, Dorothy received excellent, loving care from the Sisters and staff.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Conwell and Constance Davy & her brother Jack Davy. Dorothy is survived by a multitude of friends. She will be interred at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum alongside the Grimes family.
A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at Maryville Nursing Home 14645 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton, Oregon, 97007 on Saturday, February 12th, 2022. Please contact Cindy Steele at 503-260-8449 for more information or any questions.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Lloydena Grimes Nursing Scholarship at Linfield University, 900 SE Baker St., McMinnville, OR 97128