Professor Deborah Davis will be retiring at the end of June after 40 years in the Yale Sociology Department. Professor Davis will be much missed. She is is a renowned expert on Chinese culture and society, an award winning teacher and a true citizen of Yale. On May 4 a special event was held at Grace Hopper House in her honor. This involved a series of talks by leading China scholars. These demonstrated her deep influence on so many fields of research. At a reception afterwards we celebrated her achievements and reflected on the form and meaning of an exemplary career.