Carl Forrest Davis

May 12, 1919
- May 07, 2011

MILO AND MELBOURNE, FLA - Carl Forrest Davis, 91, died May 7, 2011, at a Melbourne, Fla., hospital. A retired Air Force colonel, electrical engineer and educator, Col. Davis was born May 12, 1919, in Milo, the son of Eben and Alice (Pearson) Davis. He married Madalene (Mayo) of Milo in 1945 and went to Indialantic, Fla., after his retirement from the Air Force in 1974. He was employed as a systems engineer at Harris Corp. for a period of 11 years, retiring in 1985. Joining the Army during World War II he served in North Africa and Italy as a communications officer in the 325th Fighter Group. During the Korean War he was a communications and electronics officer in an Aircraft Control and Warning Group, Okinawa, R.I. After receiving master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1960, he spent the remainder of his career in education and electronics research. He served as a tenure associate professor of electrical engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy for a period of eight years and directed research on the effects of nuclear events on weapon systems as chief of the electronics division at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Albuquerque, N.M. While at the Air Force Academy, he was the author of the text used in the core electrical engineering course sequence. Among his military awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Ribbon and Korean Service Medal, as well as battle participation awards and campaign ribbons for service in North Africa and Italy. He was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a member of the Scientific Research Society of America and the American Society of Engineering Education. Upon moving to Indialantic, Fla., he helped establish a Boy Scout troop and was its Scoutmaster for many years. This was one of his most rewarding efforts and he followed the successes of his former scouts with considerable interest. He was heavily involved in community affairs pertaining to his homeowners association, serving for many years on the various committees and the board of directors. He also was a volunteer officer in a municipal water company at his summer home in Maine. He pursued an active interest in the history of the Civil War and family genealogy during his later years. He is survived by his wife, Madalene of West Melbourne, Fla.; a daughter, Gail (Davis) Gannon of Melbourne, Fla.; a grandson, John William Gannon of Sarasota, Fla.; many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call noon until the time of funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with the Rev. Michele St. Cyr officiating. Burial will be held in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

Published in Bangor Daily News on May 10, 2011

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