H. Gordon and Francis S. Davis
Student Organization Achievement and Recognition Awards
Thanks to a generous contribution from
Dr. and Mrs. H. Gordon Davis, the Center for Leadership & Service
annually solicits nominations of individuals and student
organizations for the S.O.A.R. Awards!
Biography of H. Gordon and Francis S.
The H. Gordon and
Francis S. Davis S.O.A.R. Awards are dedicated to Dr. and Mrs. Davis
who have set a standard for excellence and service that endures at the
University of Georgia today. Dr. and Mrs. Davis have pledged a gift
that honors the extraordinary contributions UGA students make to our
campus community every year. The Student Organization Achievement and Recognition (S.O.A.R.) Awards program,
sponsored by the Student Leadership Center at the University of
Georgia, honors the University’s finest student leaders, student
organizations, and their advisors for their commitment to excellence
and contributions to campus and community life. This awards program
is symbolic of the spirit, pride and love Dr. and Mrs. Davis have for
their alma mater and their continued commitment to the University.
Dr. Davis has been a
physician in his hometown of Sylvester, GA for over 50 years. After
serving four years in the military as Captain of the Medical Corp., he
started his practice in Worth County in 1948 and delivered 3,465
babies, performed surgeries too numerous to count, made thousands of
house calls and office visits, and still had time to raise a
family and be on countless boards, helping to mold Worth County. He
is a graduate of Sylvester High School (1936) and the University of
Georgia (1941). Dr. Davis received his medical degree from the
Medical College of Georgia in Augusta (1945).
Dr. Davis has been
actively involved in several community and professional organizations
including: The Margaret Jones Public Library Board of Trustees; Darton
College Foundation Board of Trustees; Medical College of Georgia
Foundation Board of Trustees; Chairman of the Joint Board Family
Practice - State of Georgia; Member of the Board of Human Resources -
State of Georgia; Albany Area Chamber of Commerce; and the Worth
County/Sylvester Chamber of Commerce. He has served as past president
of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine Board of
Directors; Georgia Academy of Family Physicians; and the Medical
College of Georgia Foundation.
Mrs. Davis was born
in Ocoee, Florida and is an Honor Graduate of Ocoee High School. She
earned a degree in Dietetics and Institutional Management from the
University of Georgia (1942). Mrs. Davis served as a Clinical
Dietitian for Worth County Hospital and Georgia Care Nursing for over
25 years. Her civic accomplishments include involvement with:
Daughters of American Revolution; American Legion; Sylvester Women’s
Club; Sylvester Garden Club; and Worth County Parent - Teacher
Association (for over 25 years).
Dr. and Mrs. Davis
met as undergraduate students at the University of Georgia and have
been married for 63 years. Obviously, you can understand why UGA is
very dear to their hearts. “Marrying my wife is my proudest
accomplishment” says Dr. Davis, “ because we are still in love.” They
have one son, three daughters, five granddaughters, eight grandsons,
two great granddaughters, and one great grandson. Their family enjoys
boating, swimming and traveling together. Dr. and Mrs. Davis are
members of the First Baptist Church of Sylvester.
A dedicated professional, community leader, and family man, Dr. Davis is a proud
alumnus and humble servant. In a recent article, The Worth County
Register proclaimed “this man to who has so greatly touched the lives of
so many takes no credit but deflects his achievements with a glowing
smile.” They recognized him “for his spirit, his humor, his joy of life
and his overpowering love of his wife shows in the quiet, gentle, laid
back manner... and for being a wonderful example of a true and noble
man.” The same can be said for Dr. and Mrs. Davis’s dedication and
commitment to student life at the University of Georgia. They love
their family above and beyond what most people can imagine and the
family includes the University of Georgia. The H. Gordon and Francis S.
Davis S.O.A.R. Awards will ensure that recognition of students’ efforts
and contributions to student life outside the classroom continues to
grow for generations of future Bulldogs.