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Rebecca Davis

KENT — Rebecca Davis, 70, of Easton, Md., and Berwyn, Pa., died Sept. 5, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.

Rebecca was a light in the lives of so many with her optimism, compassion, grace and generosity. She devoted herself to helping others and was the epitome of a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  

She was a dedicated and beloved teacher of English literature, mentor to many educators, and an active member of the Episcopal Church.

For the past 20 years, she held the positions of Dean of Faculty and Chairman of the English Department at the Haverford School. Earlier in her career, Rebecca taught at the Kent School, Green Farms Academy and Virginia Episcopal School.  

Additionally, she served as a member of the board of trustees for Boys Latin Charter School of Philadelphia, Pa. She graduated from St. Margaret’s School and Goucher College; she earned advanced degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English.

She was born on Nov. 8, 1950, in Kent to Otis Benson and Charlotte Cohn Davis and is survived by her husband of 44 years, Bancroft Gherardi “Gary” Davis III; her daughter, Julia Maslin Davis of Raleigh, N.C.; her son, Christian Chandler Davis and his wife. Elizabeth. of Washington, D.C.; her grandchildren. Caroline, John and Cash; her sister, Alexandra Davis DiPentima and her husband, Anthony, of Kent; and her brother, Joshua Davis and his wife, Lisa, of Arlington, Mass. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, at The Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pa., at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to The Haverford School, American Cancer Society or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

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