Philip Kearney Davidson, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cherished friend, and widely respected theatre actor, passed away on September 14, 2011, at the age of 70, in the presence of his loving family while under hospice care at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, Wash.
Phil was born in Alpine, Texas., on January 28, 1941 to N. Franklin and Sarah C. Davidson. His early years were spent on his grandfather's cattle ranch near Alpine. His involvement in theatre began as a freshman in high school with a lead role in the annual school play and continued throughout his life. He was indefatigable as an actor, acting throughout high school, in college at UT El Paso, where he earned his undergraduate degree in drama and at Wayne State University, where he received his MFA and during off-seasons in community theaters and summer stock. From 1967 to 1973, and from 1979 to 1996 (with a 5 year stint at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas., during which he performed in 15 plays, and where he became a member of Actors' Equity). Phil was a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Ashland, Ore., performing for 35 seasons in over 110 different plays, including both Shakespearean and contemporary drama. He also directed Macbeth, Arsenic and Old Lace during this time. Subsequently he worked as director-in-residence for several universities throughout the U.S., notably the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Phil's work in theatre was a gift both to the audiences for whom he performed, and to his colleagues with whom he shared the dedication and love of theatre life. In a larger sense, Phil's commitment to life, and to the alchemy of dramatic literature in illuminating each person's role in the world.
Phil is survived by his wife, Allis, of Seattle, Wash.; his son, Evan, of Ashland, Ore.; daughter, Hilary, of Seattle, Wash.; brothers, Chandler (Sharon) Davidson, and Tony (Robin) Davidson, of Houston, Texas.; and many nieces and nephews.
A short memorial event will take place in Ashland, Ore., at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2011 and the Black Swan Theatre on the corner of Pioneer and Main Streets. The service will be followed by a reception at Alex's Restaurant on the plaza at 4:00 p.m.
For those wishing to do so, the family suggests donations in Phil's memory to be made to Cerimon House, a Sanctuary for the Humanities and the Arts. Your donation is tax deductible. For details, visit the donation page at the website: www.CerimonHouse.org.