San Diego attorney, civic leader and philanthropist John G. Davies, regent emeritus of the University of California and former board chairman, was remembered Tuesday (May 24) by current regents Chair Russell S. Gould as "a man of integrity and honor, among the most esteemed individuals to have ever served on the board."

Davies, a native of San Diego, died May 20 after a battle with cancer. He was 76.

Davies was a trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation known for his decades-long service to the university as well as his pivotal role in helping to revitalize that city's downtown. An influential adviser on judicial appointments, he was named to the UC Board of Regents in 1992 by Gov. Pete Wilson. He served a full 12-year term, including two years as board chair.

In delivering the news of Davies' passing to his fellow regents, Gould quoted from Davies' regents' resolution, which described him as "independent in thought, conciliatory in the most contentious of deliberations, respectful of all points of views, and untiring in his devotion to the well being of this university above all else."

"He will be sorely missed," Gould said. "Our hearts go out to his beloved wife, Anne."

Said UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, "John Davies was a trusted advisor whose insight and support proved invaluable for the campus and UC system as a whole. I speak for the entire campus community in expressing our deep sadness at the loss of such an esteemed leader, colleague and friend."

In addition to his wife, Davies is survived by their four children.