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English language educator

Joy Lee Davis, American English language educator. Wellesley College scholar, 1952.


Davis, Joy Lee was born on April 3, 1931 in New York City. Daughter of William Henry and Genevieve (Rhein) Belknap.


AB, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 1952. AM, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, 1968.

Postgraduate, Oxford University, England, 1978.


Teacher English, Dana Hall School for Girls, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1953-1954;instructor English, U. Missouri, Columbia, 1954-1955;instructor English, Boston University, 1955-1956;teacher English, Brookline (Massachusetts) High School, Spartanburg (South Carolina.) High School, 1956-1960;Professor of English, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, 1966-1971;Professor of English, Hamline U., St. Paul, 1972-1974;Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1974-1977;Professor of English, College St. Thomas, St. Paul, 1977-1988;lecturer, director, Joy Davis Seminars, St. Paul, since 1988. Professor Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, Hamline U., since 1993.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Everything But: An Education Memoir, 1999, The Hero in Literature: Prometheus to Prufrock, 2003, Money Talks: Jane Austen and the Almighty Pound, 2005, numerous poems. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board trustees Ramsey County Arts and Science Council, St. Paul, 1974-1980. Member American Association of University Women (dd. directors, chair educational equity committee 1991, Svc. awrd St. Paul branch 1983), Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis Institute Fine Arts, Minnesota Club (board directors 1982-1988), New Century Club (board directors, special subjects chairman) Schubert Club (board directors, chairman music committee), Wellesley College Club (regional campaign committee), Delta Kappa Gamma.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, travel, creative cuisine.


Married Peter John King, August 26, 1955 (divorced February 1985). Children: William Belknap King, Russell Stuart King. Married John Bradford Davis, Junior, July 5, 1986.

William Henry Belknap

Genevieve (Rhein) Belknap

Peter John King

John Bradford Davis

William Belknap King Davis

Russell Stuart King Davis