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Hugh C. Davis

A memorial gatherinig will be held at The Farmstead, 24 Broad Hill Rd., Leverett on September 16, in case of rain, on September 23, 2017. His ashes will be interred in a family plot at the Quaker Cemetery in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
LEVERETT – Hugh C. Davis died June 21, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home, The Farmstead, in Leverett. He was 95 years old. 

Born November 6, 1922, in Shirley, to Edward Mott Davis and Dorothy Cuthbert Davis, Hugh spent his early years on the family apple farm in Shirley, before moving to Winter Park, Florida. There he attended Rollins College, studied botany and played drums in the marching band. In Florida he met his future wife, Hope Huntoon, and they were married in 1950. 

At age 19, during WW II, Hugh enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as an aerial photographer and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. 

He later attended the University of Michigan to study in the Department of Natural Resources under Stanley Cain where he received a PhD in 1961. This department was one of the earliest environmental studies graduate schools and provided new intellectual experiences frequently referred to during Hugh's professional life. His wife, Hope, also studied and worked in biochemistry at the University. 

All his subsequent work revolved around the development of resource policies that fostered a stable environment by promoting healthy forests, clean air and water and effective land-use regulations. His work in the U.S. Forest Service included postwar administrations from Roosevelt to Kennedy. He contributed to writing the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission report (ORRRC) started in the Eisenhower Administration in 1958 and published under President Kennedy. The Report influenced the expansion of the National Park System and the establishment of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In 1967 Hugh came to the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts with the aim of participating in cross-disciplinary teaching and research. He taught graduate students in Regional Planning and in the new Environmental Design Program. While at the University he also served the Commonwealth as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs and as director of The Environmental Institute. 

He and Hope settled in Leverett, where they re-built an authentic 18th Century saltbox house (circa 1723) which they had located and moved from the Montague plains. The house project employed all of Hugh's building skills and craftsmanship, including forging of siding nails to protect the narrow cedar siding boards. Soil and large rocks were moved to slowly create in a New England woodlot the extensive and beautiful gardens of herbs, fruit trees and vegetables that exist today.

Hugh is survived by his wife; his two sons, Nathaniel and Anthony Davis; and two grandsons, Owen Davis and Nathaniel Viera-Davis.

A memorial gatherinig will be held at The Farmstead, 24 Broad Hill Rd., Leverett on September 16, in case of rain, on September 23, 2017. His ashes will be interred in a family plot at the Quaker Cemetery in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. 

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