Barry Davis, Ph.D.
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In Memoriam: Barry Davis, Ph.D.
Director of the NIDCD Taste and Smell Program
Barry Davis, Ph.D., passed away on July 3, 2012, after a valiant fight against illness. Born on July 24, 1946, in San Pedro, California, Dr. Davis completed his B.A. in psychology at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1968 and his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Rochester Medical School in 1975.
Dr. Davis worked in academics for several years as an associate professor then, in 1999, joined the NIDCD as director of the Taste and Smell Program. While at the NIH, his research interests included the anatomical, physiological, and biochemical similarities and differences among brain structures involved in the processing of taste and smell. As a program director, Dr. Davis’s broad understanding of the field helped move the NIDCD forward in innovative and productive ways. On a personal level, as many of the grantees who worked with him would attest, Dr. Davis was revered for his fairness, honesty, and direct and candid style. Dr. Davis is survived by his son, Kyle Tucker-Davis, who is a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.