MiamiHerald / It is not too often that people describe their boss as “calming” and “relaxed,” but that is precisely what came to Miami Country Day School teacher Carolyn Dorn’s mind while reflecting on John Davies’ 32-year involvement in the community.

In 2001, Dorn’s husband had a heart attack, and she was unreachable when the call came in to the school office. Since she could not be located, Davies drove to her house to deliver the news. He rang the doorbell, told her what had happened, and drove her to the hospital.

“It was this calming, matter-of-fact force that makes this a favorite story,” Dorn recalled. “Anybody could have done that for me, but it was John’s empathy and compassion … he feels what other people are feeling and you don’t find that often.”

Davies was head of school at Country Day for 18 years, and he grew to be one of the most loved and cherished people in South Florida’s vast community of educators.


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