Doris Kosches Davidson
Doris Kosches Davidson, 94, passed away on August 2, 2018. She graduated from Barnard College, NYC, magna cum laude in 1944 with majors in theory and music history, having completed her coursework in three years and earning Phi Beta Kappa honors. Doris was married to the late Leon Davidson for 63 years. After moving many times for Leon’s jobs, they settled in White Plains and lived there for more than 50 years.
Doris taught music theory, sight-singing, music history, and pre-school music at the Westchester Conservatory of Music for approximately 50 years, adding the duties of Assistant Director from 1959 to 1989. Doris was the chairman of the music theory committee of the New York State Music Teachers’ Association for many years. She was a member of the American Harp Association, the International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen, and the New York State Women Composers Association. She wrote and published books of original compositions for beginning piano students and early-grade harp students. Doris played piano, violin, and viola. She also learned—largely on her own—to play the Irish harp, bagpipes, and accordion. She loved to play music and eventually joined the Senior Orchestra of Westchester County so she could continue to share her love of music with others.
Doris was always active in the community, serving as a Cub Scout den mother and a leader for Brownie and Girl Scout troops. Doris also held a number of positions in the PTA (including president). From 1953 until the early 1960s, Doris was the choir director of the Westchester Reform Temple. She composed a number of pieces for the choir to perform, including the music for an entire Sabbath service for full choir.
Doris was very creative and enjoyed many types of crafts. She was well known among family and friends for her cooking and baking, party hosting, knitting, sewing, and jewelry making.
Doris was predeceased by her husband, Leon, and her parents, Reuben and Elizabeth Kosches. She is survived by her children, Ed (Anita) Davidson of Abingdon, MD; Martha Davidson of Washington, DC; and Carole (Stuart) Overton of Aiken, SC; grandchildren, Rachel (John) Weaver and Leah (Mac) Carter; and great-grandchildren, Nathan Stauffer and Alex, Wesley, and Madelyn Carter.
As per her wishes, Doris will be cremated. Interment and a memorial gathering will be scheduled at a later time.