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Roncisco W. Davis ’47

Ron W. Davis ’47, August 13, 1998, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He entered Reed in 1937 but his studies were interrupted during World War II, when he served in the U.S. Army. After graduating in 1947, he attended Columbia University, earning a master’s degree in 1948 and EdD in education in 1951. His early years in education included working as a junior high school principal in Pennsylvania and as assistant superintendent for elementary education for Euclid Public Schools, Euclid, Ohio. In 1967, he joined the faculty of the School of Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was associate professor of education. He moved into a career in health education in 1970, when he accepted a position as director of continuing education for the North Carolina Regional Medical Program. In 1976, he became the coordinator of health manpower planning for the State of North Carolina Department of Human Resources. At the time of his retirement in 1986, he was chief of the program services section, North Carolina Division of Aging and consultant to the North Carolina State Department of public Instruction. In retirement, he became active in the development of a new senior center in Chapel Hill, serving as vice president and chairman of the fundraising committee. He also volunteered as junior warden for his church. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, two daughters, a son, and several grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1999

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