In Memoriam

Margaret Gay Davies (1901-89)

John H. Gleason | Apr 1, 1990

Margaret Gay Davies, former professor of history at Pomona College, died in Santa Barbara, CA on August 3, 1989 at the age of eighty-seven. The daughter of Edwin Francis Gay, professor of economic history and first dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University, she grew up in Cambridge and attended Radcliffe College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, received an A.B. with Distinction in history in 1922, an A.M. in economics in 1923, and a Ph.D. in history in 1952.

She was tutor in history and economics at Radcliffe (1931–36), assistant professor of history at Scripps College, Claremont, CA (1936–41), and an analyst for Douglas Aircraft Co. (1942–45). In 1939 she married Godfrey Davies, a member of the research staff of the Huntington Library and editor of its Quarterly. Between 1948 and her retirement in 1967 she was first a lecturer and then professor of history at Pomona College in Claremont. She won a Wig Award for excellence in teaching and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In addition to several articles, she was the author of The Enforcement of English Apprenticement: A Study in Applied Mercantilism, 1563-1642 published by the Harvard University Press.

Mrs. Davies was a cheerful, wise, willing, and conscientious colleague. Without her the department would have been notably weaker.

John H. Gleason
Pomona College

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