As a school community, we fondly remember the life and legacy of beloved math teacher, friend, and mentor, Debbie Davies, who died in September. The Davies family and USN will host a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. Seating is limited, and anyone can watch it livestreamed here.
Director Vince Durnan shared the letter printed below with alumni from classes during Davies' tenure at USN on Monday, Sept. 13. Additionally, The Tennessean ran the article here in honor of Davies memory.
It’s with a heavy heart that I write to share the news that Debbie Davies, distinguished faculty leader and legendary math teacher, passed away on Sunday morning, Sept. 12 in hospice in Charlottesville, Virginia where she’d gone to be with family.
Upon coming to USN in 1977, Debbie immediately became an invaluable member of the High School faculty where she encouraged countless students to embrace the problem-solving challenges of mathematics. During her many decades at 2000 Edgehill, Debbie set an inspiring example not just as an educator, but as a friend, mentor, and lifelong learner. I know that many of us were impacted by her presence in the classrooms and hallways of our school, and she will be deeply missed.
Debbie's courage and persistence in the face of multiple bouts with cancer was remarkable. She loved the classroom and was always looking forward to a return to teaching after treatment. This time her illness progressed beyond any medical intervention, and her dear sons Michael Davies '88 and Trefor Davies '91 were there doing whatever they could to assist in making her comfortable.
To read Debbie’s obituary and leave your condolences, visit the link here.
The student-led affinity group hosts a toy drive through Friday, December 10. For ideas on what to purchase, find popular requested toys on the wishlist here. Deliveries from Amazon can be made directly to the school under Office of Diversity & Community Life Director Roderick White.