In memory.
Article Type: Obituary
Subject: Nurses (Biography)
Pub Date: 01/01/2010
Publication: Name: Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science Publisher: Society of Rogerian Scholars Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Society of Rogerian Scholars ISSN: 1072-4532
Issue: Date: Jan, 2010 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 1
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Persons: Biographee: Davidson, Alice
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 271975603
Full Text: It is always difficulty to say good-bye to friends and colleagues and as they make their transition to the greater universe. While we miss their physical presence, they remain with us through their work and our memories of them. In 2009 we said goodbye to Alice Davidson. Her obituary follows:

Alice Davidson, PhD, RN

Dr. Alice Ware Davidson, 64, of Seal Rock, Oregon, died Dec. 3, 2009 at her home. Alice was born in Warren Ohio in 1945 and lived in the small town of Farmington, Ohio until age eleven. She moved to a farm just outside of Newton Falls, Ohio just prior to her father's (Harold) death. Alice and her mother, Ruby, stayed there until her graduation from Newton Falls High School. Alice earned her Bachelors degree in Nursing at Saint Lukes School of Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio in 1968. She worked as a public health nurse in inner-city Cleveland while pursuing her Masters degree at Case Western Reserve.


She married James Arthur Davidson in August of 1968. Together, they had two children, a daughter Anne Claire in 1972 and son William John in 1973. They were married for 22 years until Jim's death in an automobile accident in 1990. While raising their children Alice and James lived in Vancouver, British Columbia; Oxford, England; Colorado Springs; Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; Springfield, Ohio and Boulder, Colorado. Alice worked as a nurse during these years specializing in public health, maternity, medical-surgical, neurological, oncology, and hospice nursing.

In 1988 Alice received her PhD in Nursing from the School of Nursing, University of Colorado, Denver. She assumed a dual role as Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Colorado, and head of research at Boulder Community Hospital. At the School of Nursing, she developed curricula to help nursing students get practical experience in caring and research. She was a dedicated teacher positively influencing many young nurses. Her research at Boulder Community Hospital focused on the effects of environment on health and the implications of complexity science to nursing.

In 1994 she was awarded a research fellowship at Harvard University where she worked on a National Institutes of Health funded investigation of the role of environmental complexity in the physical and mental well-being of the elderly. In 2001 she received a research fellowship to travel to Pari, Italy to study with complexity science researchers at the Pari institute. Her book (co-authored by Dr. Marilyn A. Ray), Nursing, Caring, and Complexity for Human-Environment WellBeing will be published by Springer Publishing in early 2010. This book presents the central concepts of complexity science and nursing as relational disciplines of knowledge and applies them to the study of the human-environment process. In 1997, Alice began traveling via RV with long time companion John Smith. They traveled extensively throughout the United States, before purchasing a home in Seal Rock, Oregon in 2006. She and John enjoyed the beautiful Oregon coastal summers and drove the RV south to visit her children, grand children (Zoeanthella, Cooper and Noah) and other relatives in the winter. Alice loved gardening, traveling, was a good food and micro-brew enthusiast and dedicated environmentalist.

In 2005, Alice was diagnosed with Melanoma which, despite numerous surgeries and chemotherapy, eventually metastasized to her brain and liver. There will be a memorial service at 2pm, Saturday, January 30, 2010 at her son John's restaurant The Crushery, 1579 S. Pearl Street, Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, Alice requested that you make a small donation to Oregon Coast Aquarium or to your favorite charity.
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