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Death of John Scott "Doc" Davenport

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Death of John Scott "Doc" Davenport

Posted: 1358174396000
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Surnames: Davenport, Pamunkey
Dear Davenport Message Board:

John Scott “Doc” Davenport died on January 11, 2013 following an accident at his home. Doc was the great Davenport genealogist who compiled The Pamunkey Chronicles (last edition published in 2009). He helped many Davenport researchers sort out their Davenport family lines and supervised the genealogy of the Davenport surname DNA project. His contributions to Davenport family research ranged from assisting a single researcher with a simple question to contributing his research to my family history of the New Kent/Hanover Davenports—a massive project that could not have been completed without Doc’s generous assistance.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Doc be remembered through donations to The Transition to Living Program at Taft College, Taft, California. The Transition to Living Program serves young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Information about this program can be found below.

Many of us have benefited from Doc’s wisdom and generosity as we have pursued our Davenport genealogies. He was an extraordinary and kind leader and tirelessly shared the results of his fifty-plus years of research in the primary documents. It seems fitting to remember his contributions to our lives by contributing to a cause that was close to his heart.


Randi Davenport

Memorials may be sent to:
The Taft College Foundation: TIL Program
29 Emmons Park Drive
Taft, California 93268
(661) 763-7775

This is a 501c (3) foundation and all donations are tax-deductible. The TIL Program Director is Jeff Ross:

You may watch a 12-minute video on The Transition to Living Program here:

In addition to serving people with autism, the TIL Program serves high-functioning people with Down's Syndrome, and other developmental disabilities.

Transition to Independent Living Program at Taft College, Taft, CA

About The Program
The Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) is a post-secondary educational experience for adults having developmental disabilities. The program provides instruction, training, and support on a community college campus. The program is comprehensive, with curriculum and training that promotes acquisition of the functional, social, and career skills necessary for students to live a productive and normalized lifestyle.

The program occupies 28 dorms in the Seventh Street residence hall, (one of two residence halls on the Taft Community College campus), a 2 bedroom apartment on campus and several one to four bedroom homes in the community.

TIL began in August 1995, with funding from Kern Regional Center. The college serves as the sponsoring agency. TC has offered programs and special classes serving individuals with developmental disabilities since 1976. Staff for the TIL program include administrative, certificated and classified staff. The program maintains a staff ratio of 3:1.
Instructional hours may vary – a student’s TC/TIL classes may begin at 8 - 11 a.m. TC/TIL classes may end at 5 – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend Support Staff are present from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The program is staffed seven days a week.
Students are responsible for paying a dorm rental fee which includes meals served in the Taft College cafeteria and all utilities except telephone. Each dorm room is supplied with a single bed, 2 dressers, storage area, and a desk. Students are encouraged to decorate their rooms for comfort and style.

Upon admission to the TIL Program, the student moves into a residence hall and begins instruction. The students participate in the program an average of 22 months. The program runs from August 1 through June 30.

Staff works with each student to establish realistic short-and long-term goals. Individual Program Plans (IPP’s) are then written to assist students in attaining these goals.
Students are eligible for graduation when they complete the required course work and independently demonstrate the learned skills. At that time, the transition team staff assists graduates in transitioning into an independent living situation in their home community. The TIL program tracks graduates for a 10 year period to assess student outcomes.
For intake information or any questions, please contact: 661 763.7775 or

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