John Davies, a longtime member of Phoenix Houses of California’s Board of Directors, passed away recently after a difficult struggle with pancreatic cancer. John was a remarkable and accomplished supporter who, in his many civic roles, had enormous influence not just in San Diego where he lived, but throughout the state of California. Phoenix House was one of many causes he championed – and he served as our anchor there, helping us establish our Phoenix House Academy in Descanso over two decades ago, a program to which he was devoted.
For years he served as chair of our San Diego Community Advisory Board, and, although he had canceled many of his other appointments, he insisted on chairing the Advisory Board’s most recent meeting in March. There are few that inspired the kind of trust and respect as he – and we know we have been so fortunate to have been a beneficiary of his wisdom, wit and generosity on so many levels for these many, many years.