MOUNT DESERT — Kathryn Wasserman Davis, Ph.D., scholar, artist, and one of Mount Desert Island’s leading philanthropists who donated millions to local charities has passed away. She was 106 years old.
Davis died on April 23, at home in Hobe Sound, Florida. She was a long-time summer resident of Northeast Harbor.
Among the more notable projects she supported on MDI were the Kathryn Davis Village at College of the Atlantic and the new research facility at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove as well as initiatives by Friends of Acadia, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the Jackson Laboratory.
Davis, who was predeceased by her husband in 1994, is survived by her son Shelby M.C. Davis of Jackson, Wyoming, daughter Diana Spencer of Washington D.C., eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.