Edward Roderick Davies
|Edward Roderick Davies|
|Mayor of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan|
– c. 1960s
|Born||June 2, 1915
Caerau, Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
|Died||September 8, 1992 (Age 77)
Stuart, Martin County, Florida
|Spouse(s)||Lois (Pottinger) Davies|
|Children||Daughter: Ann (Davies) Romney
Sons: Jim Davies, Rod Davies
|Residence||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Later, Stuart, Martin County, Florida
|Alma mater||General Motors Institute of Technology|
|Positions||Co-founder, Jered Industries, 1946|
Edward Roderick Davies (June 2, 1915 – September 8, 1992) was a self-made industrialist.
He was born on June 2, 1915 into a Welsh coal mining family. In 1929 he immigrated to the United States with his father David Davies who had black lung disease and had been injured in a mining accident. David worked at a Ford plant and paid for his wife, Annie Davies, and son, Edward, to come thereafter. In 1938, Edward graduated from General Motors Institute of Technology in 1938 with a degree in engineering and, after serving a stint in the U.S. Naval Engineering corps, in 1946 Davies co-founded a maker of heavy equipment for marine use, Jered Industries. Some sources have suggested that Jered helped to engineer the landing crafts used for the D-Day invasion of Normandy, though this is unlikely as Jered was not founded until well after D-Day. Davies—who had also worked with the NASA's Gemini space program and served as the mayor of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan—was the father of Ann Romney.
He died on September 8, 1992.
Davies rejected religion and was an avowed atheist. He was known to call organized religion "hogwash" and "drudgery". However, 11 months after his death, he was baptized in accord with Mormon tradition. Mormonism is the religion of his children, including his daughter Ann Romney and son-in-law, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Despite Davies being an avowed atheist to his death, Mitt and Ann Romney performed the ritual afterwards.
On February 3, 2012, he was ceremonially "de-baptised" by American comedian Bill Maher, in order to make a point about atheism (the rejection or suspension of belief in any gods) not being a religion.
Davies' U.S. patents include:
- an automated window washing for high-rises
- yacht fin stabilizers
- a high performance golf cart
- a scuba spear gun
- a lawn sprinkler
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