In memory of Carey Davis

This blog entry is in written in memory of Carey Davis who passed away on Nov. 6, 2005. Carey was the director of The Presidio Hill School in San Francisco from 1999 to 2005. She was 54 years old. I didn't know Carey very well and have no idea how to write obituaries, eulogies, or what have you. But, I did attend the service this weekend at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. It was a beautiful ceremony on one of the most beautiful days in the City. I often find out more about a persons life after they're gone. Carey was well known in the independent school community and we saw several directors from other indepedendent schools.

A very fond memory I have of Carey was at a Chinese New Years celebration. My child's class had met at a parents house to make pot stickers and learn about Chinese New Years. Carey came to the house, talked with the kids, and took some pictures. That afternoon, those pictures were in the Friday newsletter in her column. I was very impressed with her efficiency, but yet she never seemed rushed, stressed, and always took the time to talk to the kids and parents.

As a director of a school, she gave many speeches and wrote many columns in the school newsletter. Her speeches appeared unscripted and spontaneous, but yet you knew that she knew what she was talking about. The same goes for her columns which were very personal, inspiring, but conveyed something important about education. She had a style that was comfortable, down to earth, but yet powerful enough to lead the school to complete it's largest expansion.

I'm not really sure why I'm writing this. I guess it's in hopes that some memory of her will stay around in the internet in some search engines database floating around in cyberspace...

Here is an article on sfgate.com with more details about Carey. We will all miss her.

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