Botanist; university professor. Born– January 12, 1916, Charleston, Ill. Parents– Leonard Ernest and Jessie Allie (Echard) Davis. Married– Dorothy Dale Richey, June 5, 1940. Children– Two. Education– Eastern Illinois State University, B.Ed., 1938;  Ohio State University, M.S., 1940; Ph.D., 1947.  Served in the U.S. Army during WWII; awarded four battle stars and the Combat Infantry Medal. Oak Ridge Institute Fellow, 1951. Taught Plant physiology and ecology at Auburn University, 1952-1982.  Member American Society of Plant Physiologists; Weed Society of America; Alabama Academy of Science. Awarded status of professor emeritus on his retirement in 1982.  Honorary D. Ped. by Eastern Illinois State University, 1956.  The Donald E. Davis Arboretum on the Auburn campus, dedicated in 1977,  is named in his honor. Died February 21, 2007.


Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1975-1976, and Library of Alabama Lives.


Effects of Herbicides on Submerged Seed Plants. Auburn, Ala.; Auburn University Department of Botany, 1980.


Atrazine Fate and Effects in a Salt Marsh. Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Environmental Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1979.

Guide and Key to Alabama Trees. Dubuque, Iowa; W. C. Brown, 1965. [Editions 2-5 published by Kendal/Hunt, 1972-1999].