He was seriously injured in a bicycle accident shortly after moving to New Jersey for a new job leading an HIV / AIDS research team for Roche Pharmaceuticals.
“He had two real loves in life, the outdoors and cooking,” Dr. Sprott said in an interview. Dr. Davidson honed his cooking skills by trying out all of the recipes in the “Time-Life Foods of the World” 24-volume cookbook collection.
For the past 10 years he has needed 24 hour home care. “He drove his assistants crazy, telling them how to cook, but they could never do it like him,” said Dr Sprott. A fan of jazz and blues, Dr Davidson played the saxophone.
Michael Davidson was born April 8, 1943 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh, to Peter and Selma Davidson, who owned a men’s clothing store in Greensburg and later in Meadville, northwestern Pennsylvania. , where Dr. Davidson grew up. Her older sister, Paula, a nurse, died very young.
He graduated in Biology in 1965 from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., And graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1969. He spent a summer at the school. of medicine on a Navajo reservation to study the prevalence of gallstones among the people there, said Dr. Thomas Welty, a friend and classmate in medicine. The experience inspired Dr. Davidson to work with the indigenous peoples of Alaska, he said.
Dr. Davidson completed his internal medicine training at George Washington and Georgetown Universities and received an Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of New Mexico, where he later taught while running a private practice in internal medicine. He received a master’s degree in public health in 1983 and, in 1999, a doctorate in clinical epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. He has also taught in the University of Alaska Biomedical Program.
Dr. Davidson had no immediate survivors.