Kent Davis of Pagosa Springs passed from this life on April 11, 2012. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Diane Butler Davis, two lovely caring daughters, Tamera Davis Cosgrove and Katrina Davis, of Purcellville, Va., and grandchildren, Conor (19) and Delaney (17) Cosgrove of Purcellville, Va., who brought him great pride and happiness.
Kent was born in 1937 in Denver, and attended South High School, Denver, class of 1956. He received his BA degree from the University of Wyoming in 1960, a master of science from the University of Wyoming in 1962, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1967. He served as a University Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 1967-69, the University of Wyoming, 1969-70, and a distinguished career at Purdue University, 1977-99. He was a member of the American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association, Midwestern Association of Teachers of Education, and Midwestern Education Research Association. His distinguished academic career included serving as a consultant for various educational agencies such as the Indiana Department of Education, several Purdue academic departments and public school corporations. He was an editorial consultant for multiple publishers of educational books, served as a consulting editor of multiple academic journals and published many refereed articles.
Upon retiring to Pagosa Springs, Kent co-owned Cabinets Plus through 2007. He was an ardent member of the Kiwanis, and a dedicated member and supporter of the Friends of Native Culture.
He is remembered by family and friends for his love of lifelong learning and reading, his excellence as a bread baker and his love of cooking and recipe exploration, his enjoyment of stamp and coin collecting and his love of music. His devotion to and love of family and friends is an inspiration to all. The aroma of his kitchen, his hopeful and energetic pursuit of knowledge and truth, his thoughtful listening to others, and the kindness of his soul will be remembered by many and missed by all. He was truly a Renaissance man from whom much can be learned and enjoyed.
A memorial service will be held this summer, and should folks wish to make donations in his name, the family recommends the Ruby Sisson Library, 811 San Juan, Pagosa Springs or Lung Cancer Research through the American Cancer Society, 1800 E 3rd Ave., Suite 101, Durango, CO 81301.