Howard Calhoun Davidson, 94, a retired Army Air Forces major general and a veteran of both world wars, who became the first director of the Air Force Aid Society, died Nov. 7 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center of complications after hip surgery.
Gen. Davidson, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Wharton, Tex. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1913 and later was among the first combat pilots trained by the Army. During World War I, he served in Europe. He moved to Washington in 1928.
During World War II, he commanded the Army's 10th Air Force in India and China. He retired from the Army Air Forces with the rank of major general in 1946.
When the Air Force was organized in 1947, Gen. Davidson became the first director of the Air Force Aid Society. He retired in 1966.
His military honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Gen. Davidson was a member of the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati, and the Chevy Chase and Army Navy clubs.
His first wife, Mary Patterson Davidson, died in 1950. His second wife, Eva Rucker Finn Davidson, died in 1974.
Survivors include four children by his first marriage, Stuart C. Davidson and Mary D. Swift, both of Washington, Julia D. Cheshire of Panama City, Fla., and Frances D. Bortz of Reading, Pa.; 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.