Fel G. Davies ’41
1999 Bell Ringer Award
Utica-born and bred, you returned to your native city to practice medicine following postdoctoral training and military service. For 35 years until your retirement in 1989, you ministered full-time, and with rare dedication and infinite care, to your patients. We have it on the unimpeachable authority of associates of this College that your practice epitomized the doctor-patient
relationship at its very best.
Beyond your dedication to the practice of internal medicine, you concerned yourself with the health of the community at large. Interested as much in disease prevention as in its cure, you pioneered locally in identifying risk factors associated with heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels, and took a leading role in promoting public health education. Besides helping to establish risk factor screenings for coronary artery disease and stroke, you organized the area’s first alcohol detoxification unit, which you headed for a decade. In recognition of your many contributions to the advancement of community health, you received awards from the American Heart Association and, most recently, the American Lung Association of Mid-York, which presented you with its Health and Humanitarian Award.
In addition to your unremitting labors in promoting health care, you have been a stalwart volunteer on Hamilton’s behalf. In ways beyond numbering, you have expressed your loyalty to and affection for the College. As a result, you have abundantly earned your alma mater’s gratitude, as well as its pride in your achievements as a practicing physician who has exemplified the caring profession in its most literal and truest sense.
Citation presented by
Alumni Association President
June 5, 1999