Doris Kosches Davidson
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.