It is with sadness and respect that the family of Dr. Emily S. Davidson announces her passing after a brief illness on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the age of 69. Emily was born on June 19, 1948 in Greensboro, N. C. to Frank and Margaret Snodgrass. She grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina with her sisters, Ann Parish, (now in Midland, TX) and Barbara Snodgrass (now in Austin, TX), and her brother, Rick Snodgrass (now in Duluth, GA). She is preceded in death by her parents.
Dr. Emily Davidson earned her B.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1975. She taught at Vanderbilt University before joining Texas A&M in 1980. She served as Director of Graduate Studies for over 12 years. She was the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986, Diversity Award in 1992 and the University Honors Teacher-Scholar Award in 1996. During her time there, she received numerous letters of recognition and gratitude from students. Graduate students in the department of psychology will remember her work on their behalf in the years when she was DGS.
Emily loved to travel and made life-long friends while teaching in TAMU’s Study Abroad programs in both England and Asia. While her health permitted, she used to travel to New York for theatre and ballet and to Houston for the opera. Her tastes were broad: she was a devotee of the arts, and a regular attendee at B/CS music, dance, and theatre events, and in recent years she had season tickets to TAMU women’s softball games and Austin Opera and Symphony.
Emily was always an advocate. In the middle 1980s, when it was not fashionable, she was instrumental in building a supportive setting for people living with AIDS. She sat on the TAMU Institutional Review Board for many years, reviewing research proposals involving human subjects, balancing complex ethical considerations.
Emily was a gardener and was notorious in the neighborhood for her spring flowerbeds of tulips and daffodils.
She was a devoted, caring, and much-loved sister and friend who will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Brazos Valley Food Bank, 1501 Independence Ave, Bryan, TX 77803, or the charity of your choice.
The family will receive guests at Emily’s home on Saturday, June 16, from 3:00 to 5:00. Please call Callaway-Jones Funeral Home for additional information.
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