Carol Rymer Davis

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Carol Ann Rymer Davis (November 28, 1944 – c. September 29, 2010) was an American balloonist, and radiologist. She and Richard Abruzzo won the 2004 Gordon Bennet Cup.[1] She was awarded the 2005 Harmon Trophy. She was lost at sea on September 29, 2010, over the Adriatic Sea.[2] Her body, along with that of Abruzzo, was found off the coast of Italy in the Adriatic Sea on December 6, 2010.[3]


Rymer Davis was born in Denver, Colorado on November 28, 1944. She graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor's degree, and from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a MD. She completed her residency at the Lovelace Medicine Center. She was a partner at Diversified Radiology.

She served 22 years in the United States Army Reserve as a flight surgeon and retired as a colonel in 2001.

She was awarded the 1981 Diploma Montgolfier.[4] She was an instructor at the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association Ground School, from 1982 to 1986.[5] With Richard Abruzzo she received the Harmon Trophy in 2005.


Rymer Davis was the daughter of Drs. Charles and Marion Rymer. She married John C. Davis IV in 1968; they have two daughters.[6]


  1. ^ "American balloonists missing during race over Europe". Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  2. ^ Rizzo, Alessandra (2010-10-04). "Search ends for missing U.S. balloonists". Washington Times. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
  3. ^ Bodies Of Missing Balloonists Found In SeaSky News
  4. ^ "Carol Rymer Davis". Archived from the original on 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-10-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Carol Rymer Davis: US Balloonist". Archived from the original on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2010-10-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "Obituaries: Davis". Albuquerque Journal. October 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-11.

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