Information Update - Fall 2002
The Weinberg Memorial Library
has lost a true friend and inspiration with the death of Royden B. Davis,
S.J. A founding member and the first President of the Friends of
Memorial Library, Father Davis was an active member of the Friends' Board
from 1994 until his death.
Father Davis had a long and distinguished
career. He received a B.S.S., J.D., L.L.B. and D.H.L. from Georgetown
and also held an M.A. and a Ph.L from St. Louis University and an S.T.L
from Woodstock College. It's hard to believe that this gentle scholar
served in the U.S. Army from
1943-1945 as a gunner in an anti-aircraft
battery. Fr. Davis entered the Society of Jesus in 1950, became ordained
in 1959, and pronounced his final vows in the Society of Jesus in 1967.
He began his administrative career in 1965 at Georgetown University as
Dean of Freshmen and the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,
and in 1966, he moved into the post of Dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences, holding that post until 1989. In 19
85, he received an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgetown, and in 1992 Georgetown named
an endowed chair in interdisciplinary studies in his honor. During his
tenure as Dean at Georgetown, he oversaw the inauguration of the American
Studies Program, the establishment and development of the Psychology department,
the creation of the Sociology and Computing Science departments, and the
admission of female students. In 1989, Fr. Davis direc
Foreign Studies Program in Florence, Italy, and served as the Chair of
the Ignatian Anniversary in 1990.
In 1991, Fr. Davis returned to
The University of Scranton, where he had been a professor in the 1950's,
to serve as rector of the Jesuit Community. While rector, he also served
as a member of the Board of Trustees of both the University and the Scranton
Preparatory School. At
the conclusion of his service as rector, he remained
at the University as an Associate Campus Minister and Chaplain of the
Panuska College of Professional Studies. He served as a member of the
President's Task Force on Ignatian Mission and Identity.
In recognition for his outstanding
contributions to the Ignatian Missions, in 1997, The University of Scranton
presented Fr. Davis with the Pedro Arrupe, S.J
., Award for Ignatian Mission
Fr. Davis will be remembered
for his gentle smile, warm personality, passion for learning, and devout
belief. The Library's Hill-Davis Jesuit Collection has been named in his
honor and in honor of Father William B. Hill.
Remembering Royden B. Davis, S.J.