In Memoriam: John Albert Davis, 1934-2017

John Davis, a former assistant clinical professor of medical education at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, died on January 13. He was 82 years old.

Dr. Davis joined the Keck School of Medicine in 1968 as a research associate. He established Med-COR, a tutoring program for high school students designed to increase the number of Black and Hispanic students in the biomedical sciences. Since it founding, Med-COR had helped tens of thousands of students from underrepresented groups gain admission to college.

Dr. Davis was a native of LaGrange, Georgia. Orphaned at age 5, Davis was sent to California to live with relatives. He attended Los Angeles Community College and the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology in 1971.


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