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A memorial service for Abram Davis, 64, one of Western New York's most prominent scientists, will be held at 3 p.m. today in Island United Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Road, Grand Island. A private burial in Whitehaven Cemetery will precede the service.

Davis died Thursday (Dec. 13, 1990) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a long illness.

For the last 38 years, the Grand Island resident was a chemical researcher, supervisor and senior scientist at Occidental Chemical Corp.

"Abe Davis was one of the most well-known and highly respected scientists ever associated with our company's operations," Dr. Charles G. Rader, a top company official, said Friday. "He served the company, the scientific community and this area with dedication and distinction for many years."

Last year, the American Chemical Society presented its annual Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal to Davis, who was cited for applying new scientific techniques to environmental problems and making creative additions to Occidental's technology.

A native of Cleveland, Davis grew up in the Chicago area and served in the Army during World War II. He later earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Lake Forest (Ill.) College and a master's degree in physics at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

In 1952, he began working for Hooker Electrochemical Co., the forerunner of Occidental, as a researcher. He held many supervisory positions in the chemistry laboratories before being assigned to environmental-affairs work at the company in 1980.

His professional honors included being named a senior scientist at Occidental's Grand Island research center in 1988 and earning a Distinguished Service Citation from Lake Forest College.

Davis was instrumental in forming and administering professional scientific organizations, both locally and nationally.

He was local chairman and national delegate for the National Society for Applied Spectroscopy, chairman of the Buffalo Technical Society's Council and a member of the American Chemical Society. He also taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Canisius College and served on the special Industrial Review Committee at Niagara County Community College.

He also was an active volunteer with both the Boy Scouts and the Red Cross.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Bailey Davis; two sons, John B. of Niagara Falls and James W. of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, K. Susan of Grand Island, and a grandson.

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