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Dr. Benjamin Boyce Davis, Great Grandson of Alvin and Clara, excelled as an athlete, scientist, son, brother, husband and father.
He passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 surrounded by family. He leaves behind his wife, two children, his parents, three brothers, and many more well-loved family and friends.
He also gifts the world important research that could someday lead to cures for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and other illnesses
For you scientists his focus was a Cell Biologist studying "Leukocyte recruitment and the role of lipids in the inflammatory processes of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease."
In 2008 Ben was diagnosed with a rare neuromusclar degenerative disease that has taken an enormous toll on his body, yet he remains passionately invested in helping others through his research. Prior to his illness Ben enjoyed an active life with his brothers, his wife and his son. He played in multiple recreation leagues and still attends games to watch his brothers play and coach. Shortly after his illness took hold, Ben and his wife were blessed with a second child, a daughter. Ben is now wheelchair bound and communicates via a laptop computer, and requires full time care. His family has provided critical support both at home and in the lab. Yet it has reached a point, as Ben's condition has progressed, that financial demands have become extreme. In discussing the challenges that his illness has presented him, Ben has expressed real frustration - not on behalf of his own needs, but in not being able to help others. Indeed, even while struggling with his own illness he remains passionately and steadfastly committed to alleviating suffering and extending quality of life for others. Ben is truly a man of remarkable spirit.
Ben is part of a close-knit loving family. Two of his brothers, Ryan and Jon, took time off to assist Ben with his research as he became physically incapacitated because of his illness.
Benjamin B. Davis - UC Davis Superfund
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