Deceased Information


    Marvin Davis

  • AGE



    Saturday, February 25, 2023 (After Sunset)


    Monday, February 27, 2023


    11:00 AM



    IN MEMORIUM: Marvin “Marv” Davis of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on February 25, 2023, at home surrounded by family. Marv was born on November 16, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Samuel and Pauline Davis.

    Marv attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. Upon graduating from Washington University, Marvin joined the United States Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Topeka, a guided missile cruiser, as a weapons officer. Thereafter, he was assigned to the White Sands Missile Base, where he conducted missile tests.

    Upon leaving the U.S. Navy, Marv earned an M.B.A. from Washington University. Thereafter, he was employed as an executive at Standard Oil of California, Shell Oil, Pfizer, and Sentry Insurance. While working for Shell Oil in Manhattan, New York, Marv met Trudy Rein, his wife of 54 years.

    Marv quickly developed a reputation as an expert in corporate crisis management. He subsequently joined Grisanti, Galef and Goldress, one of the oldest corporate consulting firms in the United States and eventually would become President of that firm. At Grisanti, Galef and Goldress, Marv specialized in “turnarounds” of corporations in crisis and was responsible for the turnarounds of over one hundred companies located in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He was a member of the Turnaround Management Association and was the author of two books regarding corporate governance, “Turnaround” and “Take No Prisoners: A No Nonsense Guide to Corporate Excellence.” Marv was also the author of a tape series entitled “The Profit Prescription.”

    As a corporate CEO, Marv was a proponent of corporate integrity, employee empowerment, and corporate fiscal responsibility. He especially loved mentoring junior employees at the companies he ran.

    Upon his retirement from consulting, Marv was active in the North Atlanta Men’s Club and was elected President of the club. Through the North Atlanta Men’s Club, Marv enjoyed poker, philanthropy including welcoming soldiers home from deployment at the Hartsfield Airport USO and participating in the investment group.

    Marv loved good food, fine wine and international travel and a good joke but especially loved his family.

    Marv is survived his loving wife, Trudy; children, Dr. Julie Davis-Best of Chandler, Arizona and Jeffrey Davis of Queens, New York and his five grandchildren who he adored, Skylar, Jacob, Sarah, Leah and Noa.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Weinstein Hospice in Atlanta or Temple Emanu-El in Atlanta.

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  • Earl & Rita Kessler

    We were so sorry to hear about Marv’s passing. He was a lovely man and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. May his memory be a blessing for you and may your heart always be filled with the love you shared.

  • Bonnie and Bruce Walkes

    We are so sorry to hear about Marv's death. We know that he has been through a lot recently. I will certainly miss him at NAMC functions. Our deepest condolences.

  • Ed Feldstein

    I lost a good friend with the passing of Marv. He was always a thoughtful, kind and approachable person. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have been a part of his life. He will be missed.

  • Jay Levy

    Marv loved our poker games - win or lose, he just enjoyed the camaraderie. Among the first to arrive, Marv always enjoyed a cup of coffee and friendly conversation. Although he was in pain he never complained. We will all miss our poker buddy Marv. May you rest in peace.

  • Roseann R Gerson

    We are so saddened to hear this. We are thinking of you all. May his memory be for blessings.

  • Howard Fagin

    Marv was a great friend. Lines being with him at North Atlanta Mens Club functions. Soft spoken and always had great appropriate ideas. We will miss him.