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In Memoriam: John H. Davis

From left, Barry Sanford Tindall, Beverly D.
Chrisman and John Davis show off their
Pugsley Awards during the AAPRA Banquet
in Houston, Texas, on October 10, 2013.

T

he park and recreation community mourns the loss of
John Davis, a tireless advocate and leader of our industry. Davis died January 7, 2015, at
his home in Culpeper, Virginia.
Leading up to his career in the field
of parks and recreation, Davis spent
two years in the Navy, obtained a
bachelor of science degree from South
Carolina's Furman University, served
in the Korean War and obtained a
master's degree from Columbia University. After his military service, he
took a job as director of recreation
with the town of Darlington, South
Carolina, but still dreamed of becoming a college baseball coach. Following his time at Columbia, Davis had
an opportunity to fulfill that dream,
but instead followed the advice of
Willard " Woody " Southerland of
the National Recreation Association
(NRA), who convinced Davis to pursue a career in parks and recreation.
Heeding that advice, Davis applied to
be director of parks and recreation for
the city of Dalton, Georgia. He was
selected by the city and served in the
position for six years. It was his work

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in Dalton that catapulted Davis into
high prominence at the state and national level.
In 1963, Davis became the executive
director of Georgia's then-newly established Georgia Recreation Commission (GRC), where he proved adept at
working with the state legislature. Operating as an independent agency for
10 years, Davis and his staff served not
only the state, but provided their professional skills to municipalities and county governments as well. This resulted
in the creation of more than 50 new
departments of parks and recreation.
In 1972, the tasks and responsibilities
of the GRC were incorporated into
the Department of Natural Resources.
Davis became chief of recreation and
park planning, where he continued to
administer the work of the old GRC, in
addition to several new duties.
Davis left Georgia in 1974 to fill a
new position as associate director of
the Northern Virginia Regional Park
Authority, a job that led to executive director of the organization. He held the
directorship for a short period of time
until NRPA asked him to become its
executive director. He accepted that invitation and began his service in 1976.
When Davis began his 10-year career
with NRPA, there were approximately
11,000 members - when he left, the
membership topped 19,000.
Davis received many professional
honors and served professional organizations in many capacities during his
career. This spring, in honor of Davis'
service and commitment to the field of
parks and recreation, a tree will be planted in NRPA's Memorial Grove at its
Ashburn, Virginia, headquarters.
- Roger Brown, NRPA Southeast Regional Director, NRPA President, 1982

| F E B R UA R Y 2 0 1 5 | W W W. N R PA . O R G

" John Davis was a giant in the field of
parks and recreation. During his 10-year
tenure as executive director, he was a
major force in accomplishing the goals
of NRPA. It was a great joy to be in his
presence. He was the best of the best! "

- Earl Groves, Chair, NRPA
Board of Trustees, 1976-79, NRPA
Life Trustee
" When I think of John Davis, it is with
admiration for his leadership skills and
great appreciation for his sense of humor that comes to mind. We could not
have had a better person as our executive director. He was second to none in
the parks and recreation field. "

- Harry G. Haskell Jr., Chair,
NRPA Board of Trustees, 1980-85,
NRPA Life Trustee
" I met John Davis in 1959, a few
months before we drove to Chicago to attend our first national conference. John lived and breathed
his love of the parks and recreation
field. Telephone conversations with
John could be l-o-n-g, and on more
than one occasion, I have begged
for a bathroom break! After retiring
from his career field, John took a job
with Walmart in their paint department. His wife, Joyce, confirms the
story that while he was mixing paint,
he would inquire about their local
parks and recreation department. As
he gave them their paint, he would
smile and leave them with these
parting words: 'Enjoy your paint and
don't forget to support your local
parks and recreation department.' "

- Roger Brown, NRPA Southeast
Regional Director, NRPA President,
1982



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