Melvin Gordon Davidson
Melvin Gordon Davidson sailed away to another shore on May 12, 2019. He was born on April 7, 1938, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His parents were James Francis Gordon Davidson and Winifred Martha Collins. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Bolster); his son Iain (Megg Pedlow) and her daughters Jessica (Felipe Trevino), Maddie, and Hannah; Mel’s daughter Diana and her daughter, Celestina Davidson and son Spencer Sumpter (their father Michael Sumpter), Mel’s brother Larry (Beverly Dekker-Davidson) of Carmel, CA. and many other family members, ‘almost’ family and friends. Mel graduated from Whitman College in 1960 and earned his PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1964. He met and married Barbara in 1962. They lived in Canberra, Australia 1964 to1967 where their son Iain was born. They moved from there to Bellingham, WA.
Mel enjoyed family and friends, sailing, car enthusiast groups, hiking, camping, soccer, skiing, dancing, playing the banjo, fiddle, and bagpipes, walking and supporting community efforts wherever he lived. Mel was active in the development of soccer in Whatcom County. Mel and Barbara promoted new computing innovations each place they lived; first using plug-boards and punch cards, then vacuum tubes, cathode ray tubes, and the first microprocessors. Mel was a Physics Professor at WWU. In 1972 , as a heavy user of the campus computer, he was asked to temporarily act as the WWU Computer Center Director, a job he kept for almost 20 years. He later retired from WWU in 2001.
Mel enjoyed people and they enjoyed him and his humor. He never failed to amaze people with his extended knowledge of any topic that was discussed. He was proud of his Scottish heritage, wore a Davidson tartan kilt, played bagpipes and danced Scottish Country Dances. He and Barbara sailed thousands of miles all over the globe. They took their 34’ sailboat on many trips to Alaska then to Panama, the Caribbean and the East Coast. He played, coached and refereed soccer. He owned over 55 vehicles in his life and knew every nut and bolt of most of them.
Mel fought Idiopathic Interstitial Lung Disease for over 6 years. Many thanks to all the family, friends and medical assistance, with special thanks to the Palliative and Hospice Care Teams. With all this support Mel was able to enjoy much in his final months and he maintained his playful sense of humor.  It is a good bet that he either took an old Ford truck or a Porsche on his last run away from life, then boarded a sailboat and sailed away. We miss him dearly. You may share memories with the family here or at Mel Davo’s Facebook page.
 Many people left with a longer leg or shorter fuse.