Alfred Davis, a member of Montclair's Board of Education and chiropractor in the town's South End for 40 years, died recently, according to a statement from the district superintendent and board president.
A native of the township, he opened his chiropractic practice, Davis Integrated Medicine, in 1981. He also served as chair of the state chiropractic board, the first Black person to hold the position.
In an email to district parents, Superintendent Jonathan Ponds and Board President Latifah Jannah stated, "We will personally and professionally miss his sage advice, quiet and confident manner, and gracious nature.
“We lost a dear friend, a consummate and astute professional and a champion for public education. He was a gentle, thoughtful man and highly respected by the community and his fellow Board Members.”
They did not provide the cause and date of his death.
Davis also co-founded the Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation, including the organization's annual parade and festival. He was the BOE's liaison to the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship breakfast
Davis served on the BOE since 2019, with his term set to expire next year.
Councilor Bob Russo said he's known Davis for 30 years, as a chiropractic patient and someone who supported and advised him during Russo's years as mayor and councilor.
"i will miss him dearly for his volunteer service to Montclair through the MLK scholarship fund breakfasts and the BOE, as well as his years chairing the state chiropractic board. Al Davis is irreplaceable."
Davis attended Seton Hall University and Bloomfield College before earning his chiropractic degree from Northeast College of Health Sciences, according to his LinkedIn profile. He had served as adjunct professor at Bloomfield College since 2017.
He is survived by a son, Alfred Davis III, who graduated from Montclair High School in June.
A funeral service will be held Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at Christ Church Rockaway, in Rockaway.
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.
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