David S. Davidson, former NLRB chief judge, dies at 91

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David S. Davidson, a former chief judge of the National Labor Relations Board and former board chair of both Mobile Med and the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, died on Feb. 17. He was 91.

Davidson, of North Bethesda, was born on April 24, 1927. A native of Springfield, Mass., he served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from Yale College in 1948 and Yale Law School in 1951. As a Yale undergraduate, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Davidson joined the National Labor Relations Board as an attorney in 1952, where he eventually became an administrative law judge. A fierce advocate for social justice, Davidson held, in addition to his service as chair, leadership
positions at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Mobile Med, which provides health care to low-income residents of Montgomery County.

In 2005, friends of Davidson and his late wife, Dorothy Mulitz Davidson, created a scholarship fund in their name to help students interested in public service pay for college.

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Davidson was a founding member, former president and longtime board member of Temple Emanuel
in Kensington.

In a statement, the Religious Action Center said “Judge Davidson was an important part of the fabric of our Movement’s commitment to creating a world of equality and fairness. The URJ would not even think of putting a Resolutions Committee together without Judge Davidson.”


And Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) called Davidson “a kind and gentle soul who lived a life of purpose and always brought a reservoir of wisdom and moral clarity to his many endeavors.”

Davidson was predeceased by his first wife, Judge Rita Davidson, the first woman appointed to the Maryland Court of Appeals; his second wife, Dorothy Davidson; and his daughter, Minna Davidson. He is survived by his son, Leo Davidson; son-in-law, Craig Ludwig; stepdaughter, Toni Cortellessa; and grandchildren, Rachel Ludwig, Melissa Ludwig, Eric Cortellessa and Lauren Cortellessa.

Contributions can be made to Mobile Med, the David and Dorothy Multiz Davidson Endowed Scholarship Fund at Montgomery College, or Temple Emanuel.

Arrangements under the direction of Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home.

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