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Obituary: Spencer L. Davidson

Spencer L. Davidson, a former associate editor at Time Magazine and longtime resident of Manhasset, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.

Mr. Davidson was a writer for Time’s Nation and Business sections and served as the magazine’s Atlanta bureau chief from 1959 through 1961. He went on to be one of Time’s most experienced Middle East specialists and spent six months as the bureau chief in Beirut in 1973. He wrote many of Time’s cover stories on that and other subjects. He also wrote for the international edition before his retirement in the early 1980s.

He was born in Baltimore, MD, on April 1, 1924, during a rare spring blizzard, the youngest child and only son of Marie P. and Spencer L. Davidson. His father, an editor at the Baltimore Sun, passed away when he was still a small boy. He attended the McDonough School outside of Baltimore when it was still a military school for boys and graduated in 1942. After serving in the U.S. Army in the artillery in the Battle of the Bulge and later as an MP in Berlin after the hostilities had ended, he returned to complete his college studies at Loyola College.

From there he went on to become a reporter at the Evening Sun in Baltimore, where he reported on municipal affairs before joining Time in 1956.

He moved with his family from Atlanta to Hunt Lane in Manhasset in 1961 and lived there ever since. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset for nearly 50 years. After his retirement, he devoted himself to his garden and his family. He was also an avid amateur photographer who amassed a collection of thousands of images, almost all of which were of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset, where he was a communicant for nearly 50 years. His survivors include his wife of 59 years, Catherine Virginia Davidson; daughters Catherine D. Kerr (husband Christopher Kerr) of New Hope, PA; Mary V. Aldridge (husband Ronald Aldridge) of Leonia, NJ; and Laura Taieb (husband Abdallah Taieb) of Astoria; son Spencer L. Davidson (wife Linda R. Davidson) of East Meadow; and grandchildren Nicholas Kerr of Philadelphia, Brian Aldridge of Boston, Kate Kerr of New Hope, and Rebecca and Elizabeth Davidson of East Meadow.