Rev. Dr. George W. Davis, 68

Rev. Dr. George W. Davis

Dr. George W. Davis, known as the friend of seniors in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point suffered from diabetes before he died of cancer at age 68.
He was born in Oakland and graduated from McClymonds High School. He served in the United States Navy and became an associate pastor at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
Before he achieved his PhD degree he graduated from Oakland’s pool halls with the moniker “Oakland Slim”. During the 60’s he used his street experiences to encourage youth to attend and achieve rather than getting involved in criminal activity.
Shaped by a philosophy of showing respect to the elders in the community, he graduated with a focus on gerontology and served the Hunters Point Multiservice Senior Center than 30 years.
He pioneered services to formerly incarcerated seniors in 1999.
At the time of his death he had been working on a plan for seniors known as the “Aging Campus” to provide housing and services throughout the neighborhood.  He is the founder of the National Black Aging Network and served as an associate faculty member at Stanford’s Geriatric Education center.
Affectionately called “Doc”, his dual leadership credentials of Reverend and Doctor caused him to be sought to remedy difficulties in the community.
The Rev. Dr. Davis is survived by his wife, Catherine Davis; daughters Teri Jordan of Madera and LolaGerine Allen, Kristy and Tonya, all of Oakland; sons Matthew of Oakland and William George, II of Sacramento; Grandchildren:  Cassadine Davis, Jalani Davis, Jalen Davis, Jaliyah Davis, Marcus Davis; Jordan Green and Jonique Green.
Donations may be made to the Dr. George W. Davis Legacy Fund, c/o Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services  (BHPMSS), 1706 Yosemite, S.F., CA  94124.