Rodger Paul Davies was born on May 7, 1921, in Berkeley, Alameda County, California. He died August 19, 1974 in Nicosia, Cyprus. He had only been appointed as United States Ambassador to Cyprus that previous May. He was killed by Greek Cypriot gunmen, during a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia. Davies and Antoinette Varnavas, an embassy secretary and a Greek Cypriot national, were killed by a burst of machine-gun fire through a shuttered window, coming from a nearby building.
He had served as director of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs until October 1965. Then until 1970 he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. After Davies's death, President Ford appointed William R. Crawford, Jr. as his successor.
Davies's wife, Sarah Burgess, had died the preceding year. They had a daughter Dana, and a son John, who were 20 and 15 respectively at the time of Davies's death.
- Cleo A. Noel, Jr., the previous US ambassador to die in the line of duty
- Francis E. Meloy, Jr., the next US ambassador to die in the line of duty
- US ambassadors killed in the line of duty
- "U.S. ambassador killed on Cyprus". Boca Raton News (Nicosia). 19 August 1974.
- August 20, 1974, Woman Aide Dies; Bullets From Outside Penetrate Besieged Nicosia Embassy, The New York Times
- August 21, 1974, Cyprus Arrest Warrants Issued for Three in Slaying of U.S. Envoy, The New York Times
- August 22, 1974, Ford and Kissinger in Tribute to Slain Cyprus Envoy, The New York Times
- Gerald Ford statement upon Davies' death
- Vanderbilt Television News Archives
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