In Memoriam of William K. Davis

WK Davis obit

William K. Davis, Former Head of Delaware County Planning. July 20, 1930 – December 28, 2013

William K., age 83, of Middletown Township, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on December 28. He and his wife, Ursula (Olie) Meyerhof Davis, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of George Breed Davis and Mary Ackley Davis, Mr. Davis earned an A.B. degree in Architecture from Dartmouth College in 1952 and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina in 1957. During the Korean War, Davis served in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Albany. From 1957 to 1960, he was Community Planner for the Bucks County Planning Commission, and in 1960, he went to the Delaware County Planning Commission, initially as Assistant Director and later promoted to Executive Director.  In 1966 he joined the engineering firm Roy F. Weston, Inc as Vice President, Planning and Systems Division; and in 1974, he moved to Betz Converse Murdoch, Inc. (BCM) and was Vice President of BCM’s Eastern Group. He retired from BCM in 1990.  

Davis was active in Delaware County, serving on the boards of the Delaware County Planning Commission (1976 to 1995) and the Middletown Township Planning Commission (1976 to 1982) and Zoning Board (1994 to 2005). In 1977, he served on the advisory group created by U.S. Rep. Bob Edgar to resolve the controversy surrounding the construction of the Blue Route, now known as I-476. Davis was a member of Media Rotary and was its president from 2001 to 2002.

In addition to his wife Olie, Davis is survived by his daughter, Helen Davis Picher (Oliver) of Wallingford, Pennsylvania; and his son William K. Davis, Jr., of Cave Creek, Arizona. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Davis Picher, Caroline Picher, William K. Davis III, Taylor Davis, and Stephen Davis.