Barbara Davison

Barbara Davison of Allentown, PA, died on May 1, 2016. She and her devoted husband, Maxwell E. Davison, were married 58 years. A graduate of William Allen High School, Class of 1953, she proceeded to Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she returned in 1981 to receive her MBA. Early on, before it became fashionable to do so, Barbara created a niche for herself as a businesswoman-entrepreneur when, following a successful career as a stockbroker, she founded “Resumes, Etc.,” a unique resume and consulting business on Hamilton Street in center city Allentown. She prepared individual resumes and cover letters – and updated them – for thousands of clients – to present to potential employers. What began as a part-time volunteer service to neighbors and friends soon became a full time operation, day and evening. She began with one computer and printer and advanced to sophisticated business equipment to better serve her clients. She later extended her business to outplacement services. She excelled in athletics. A life-long dedicated swimmer, she successfully swam the (simulated) English Channel, an annual 20 mile event at the Jewish Community Center and with her husband enjoyed many of Allentown’s local treasures, including regularly walking around, the Allentown Art Museum and the Public Library. She enjoyed a wide circle of friends and together with her husband, a former Lehigh County Judge, participated in a host of organizations. Barbara fought the good battle against Alzheimer’s, but finally succumbed to the dreaded and awful disease.

She is survived by her husband, Maxwell E. Davison; three sons, Mark and his wife, Ellen, of Marietta, Georgia; Andrew and his wife, Evrim, of Poughkeepsie, New York; and Douglas and his wife, Lisa, of Bethesda, Maryland, as well as four grandchildren, Benjamin Davison, Jason Davison, Emma Davison and Alison Davison. Her parents, David and Lillian Seiden and a son, Richard, predeceased her; Richard at the age of 12.

Funeral Service 11:00AM Tuesday in Temple Beth El, 1305 Springhouse Rd., Allentown, PA.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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