Tribute to Fred Davison
Dr. Fred C. Davison was Chairman of CNTA's Board of Directors from 1994 until his death in 2004. It is no exaggeration to say that Fred's stature and influence were largely responsible for CNTA's growth and success during those ten years. Fred attended Emory University before obtaining a Veterinary degree from the University of Georgia and, later, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Pathology from Iowa State University. While in Veterinary School he met Dianne, who became his beloved wife. Dianne also obtained her Veterinary degree.
Fred was one of those very rare people who was admired and loved by everyone privileged to know him. He was a leader in the very best meaning of the word. He had enormous intellect, yet empathized with and befriended everyone, regardless of station. His friendly demeanor and great humor were ever present, and graced every meeting with him.
After Fred's retirement from the University of Georgia, he moved to Augusta and almost immediately became a highly effective community leader. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Science Center Foundation, funding innovative secondary education in science and mathematics. He was President of the Georgia-Carolina Boy Scouts Council. He was an active Rotarian and an elder of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he taught an Adult Sunday School class.
Much has been said and written about Fred's enormous contributions to his alma mater, The University of Georgia, where he served as President for 19 years. Under his leadership, the University of Georgia became one of the strongest graduate and research institutions in the United States. Student enrollment grew from 15,600 to 25,000 and graduate enrollment more than doubled. He viewed enhanced education in Math and Science as important to the future of our nation. Everyone who knew Fred was pleased that before his death he was able to attend the dedication of the Fred C. Davison Life Sciences Complex in Athens GA, a 257,000 square foot facility for biotechnology research.
Because of Fred's enormous contributions to CNTA, the annual Distinguished Scientist Award was renamed the Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award. We believe Fred would be pleased by this, because he believed that our recognition of outstanding local scientists was an important thing to do.
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