Former Faculty Member Richard Davis added to Scholars’ Wall at Potomac State

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Morgan Davis (center) accepted the award for his father, Richard Davis, who was honored posthumously with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall.  Presenting the award were Campus President Leonard Colelli and Connie Whitmore Kesecker. 

Richard Davis was memorialized posthumously with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall, which was conceived in order to recognize the academic and scholarly achievements of students, alumni and faculty. 

Richard, or ‘Dick’ as he was known by friends, began his career at Potomac State in 1963 and taught music for 39 years before retiring in 2002.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education, with a vocal emphasis, and his master’s degree in music theory from West Virginia University (WVU).

Throughout his tenure at the College, Dick served as director of the College/Community Chorus which presented two major concerts each year and was also active in local and College productions.  His “booming” voice and precise pronunciation could be heard during announcements prior to plays and musical productions at the Church-McKee Arts Center.

He was very active in faculty governance as well, having served as secretary of the Faculty Assembly, as a member of the Faculty Executive Committee, the WVU Senate, and the WVU Faculty Senate Executive Committee.  He was also awarded the Outstanding Professor of the Year award for 2001.

Additionally, for more than 38 years, Dick served in various musical capacities at Grace United Methodist Church in Keyser where he played for the first service, served as choir director, director of music, director of bells, and as a music consultant.

He has two sons, Robert Davis II, of Morgantown, W.Va. and Morgan, of Sedona, Ariz., who accepted the award for his father.