Dr. Richard Davis
"Latin's superb faculty always encouraged me to give my best effort," recalls Dr. Richard Davis '43.
Whether it was translating Caesar and Virgil, trying to fathom poetry, delving deeply into science, or reliving crucial moments from a particular athletic contest, his memories are replete with examples of Latin's focus on excellence in the classroom and in life itself.
"The personal interests and guidance that the Headmaster and each faculty member and coach gave to all of the students left an enduring impression on me," he said. "I was a teenage youngster whose father had left for World War II. Their encouragement and advice were that of a surrogate father who suggested study more, compete harder, and reach beyond yourself."
Davis went on to become a successful neurosurgeon. In honor of the important role Latin played in his life, Davis has named the school in his will.
"It is my sincere hope that my contributions would help develop future leaders in education, the arts and sciences, government, and at all societal levels," he says. "Excellence in all matters must be the absolute norm in this increasingly complex world. We must pursue this noble goal with resolute energy and persistence."