Information Update - Fall 2003
The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University
of Scranton have announced that their annual Distinguished Author
Award has been named in honor of the late Rev. Royden B. Davis,
S.J. The Royden B. Davis, S.J. Distinguished Author Award will
and honor Father Davis's distinguished service
and contributions to the Friends of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg
Library, including his service as its first president.
The recipient of the 2003 Royden B. Davis, S.J. Distinguished Author
Award will be presented at a dinner on Nov. 8, 2003.
The Distinguished Author Award Series was born out of the Friends
of the Weinberg Library's interest in recognizing and honoring the
work of fiction and non-fiction authors and in providing an opportunity
for authors to visit Scranton to speak about their literary pursuits
and impressions with residents of northeastern Pennsylvania. The
annual event also helps the Friends of the Weinberg Library Endowment
Fund, which supports gifts for the Weinberg Library's collections
Past recipients of the Distinguished Author Award have included Emmy,
Oscar and Golden Globe-winning author and actor Jack Palance, Malachy
McCourt, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, and Lisa Scottoline.
The award was first given in 1997.
Father Davis, who died in 2002 at the age of 78, served in many
roles at The University of Scranton. A native of Ventnor City,
N.J., he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1947 and a juris
doctorate in 1949 from Georgetown University. In 1950, he entered
the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville.
In 1955, he completed a master's degree in political science
and a licentiate in philosophy from St. Louis University. He received
a licentiate in theology from Woodstock College in 1960. Following
a year of study in Belgium, he returned to Georgetown University
for additional graduate studies in government from 1961 to 1965.
Father Davis taught briefly at The University of Scranton in the
1950s. In 1991, he returned to the University to serve as rector
of the Jesuit Community at Scranton. He was a member of the board
of trustees for The University of Scranton and Scranton Preparatory
At the conclusion of his service as rector in 1997, he remained at
the University as an associate campus minister and chaplain of the
Panuska College of Professional Studies.
He also served as a critical member of the President's Task
Force on Ignatian Identity and Mission, and played a major role in
shaping the Task Force's final report, from which emerged the
of the University's Center for Mission Reflection.
He was instrumental in opening the doors of the Jesuit residence,
Campion Hall, to the greater campus community.
In 1997, The University of Scranton presented Father Davis with the
Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Ignatian Mission and Ministries, which
recognizes persons who have made significant contributions to the
Distinguished Author Award Named in Honor of Royden B. Davis,