Daniel Davy, 69, died during emergency surgery on Feb. 22 at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Lynne Davy, and his sister Jeremy Jane Davy.
The family provided some of the following information.
Daniel was born in La Jolla, Calif. on Sept. 22, 1944, to Joan Leasure Davy and Charles Duncan Davy. His brother James Duncan Davy passed just 6 weeks before Daniel, on Jan. 15. Daniel grew up in Washington, D.C. until he was 16, when the family moved to Clearwater, Fla. He graduated from Clearwater High School and attended the University of South Florida. Subsequently he enrolled in the University of California Santa Barbara Department of Dramatic Arts where he earned his B.A, M.A. and, eventually, his Ph.D. degrees under the advisement of the famous theater scholar Bert States, whose writing and thinking remained a life-long influence.
After graduation Daniel taught at the University of California and Ohio University for fourteen years before being appointed as Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor at the Music, Theatre and Dance Department of Kansas State University in Manhattan. Daniel taught undergraduate classes and graduate seminars in a variety of subjects most notably in Theatre History, Dramatic Structure, Theories of Humor, and Medieval, Baroque, and Modern Theatre. He published articles on Dramatic Literature and Criticism.
Much loved and admired by his students, Mr. Davy was an outstanding professor, a compassionate and inspiring mentor as well as a brilliant intellectual, and a first-rate writer of visually evocative yet succinct prose interspersed with his unique, absurd sense of humor. He is mourned by many who have known him. The world lost a warm, kind, thoughtful, passionate and witty man forever ready to fight — both in the classroom and in writing — against ignorance, injustice and inhumanity.
Memorial Services were held for Mr. Davy on Friday at Kansas State University.
The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.