Davis, B(enton) Vincent (Jr.) 1930-2003

views updated

DAVIS, B(enton) Vincent (Jr.) 1930-2003

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born May 3, 1930, in Chattanooga, TN; died May 28, 2003, in Lexington, KY. Government advisor, educator, and author. Davis was an expert on foreign and defense policy. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he received a B.A. in 1952, he was in the U.S. Naval Reserve for four years before completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1961. During the 1960s Davis taught courses in government and political science at Princeton, Dartmouth College, and the University of Denver. He then joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1971, retiring as professor emeritus in 1998. While at Kentucky he built the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce from the ground up. In addition to his academic work, he served as a lecturer and advisor for a variety of government advisory posts involved in international affairs, including as an adjunct fellow for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a lecturer for the U.S. Departments of State, Agriculture, Defense, and Education and the National Security Council. Davis was also the author of several books, including Postwar Defense Policy and the U.S. Navy, 1943-46 (1966), and Henry Kissinger and Bureaucratic Politics: A Personal Appraisal (1979), as well as editing books such as The Post-Imperial Presidency (1980) and Civil-Military Relations and the Not-Quite Wars of the Present and Future (1996).



Writers Directory, 18th edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 2003.


University of Kentucky News,http://www.uky.edu/ (April 14, 2003).