Posted on: Saturday, December 27th, 2014
Depending on when and how you knew Charles R. Davis, you may have known him by a variety of names.
He graduated from E&H in 1952, and "Chick" and was a star quarterback who buoyed the Wasps to two Tangerine Bowl appearances.
He was a student at Westminster Choir College and Indiana University.
He directed the E&H Concert Choir for 39 years. "Doc" was a revered conductor and voice teacher who was hailed by former students as the person who made music meaningful. He was a faculty member at Emory & Henry from 1957-1996.
He was conductor for the Bristol Concert Choir for 28 years, a community choir in Bristol, TN/VA.
Younger music enthusiasts may remember him as their Dean of Students at the renowned Brevard Music Center near Hendersonville, NC.
He was a member of the E&H Sports Hall of Fame, a recipient of the James A. Davis Faculty Award given by the E&H Alumni Association, was a winner of the William and Martha DeFriece Award, and he was honored when his E&H choir was had composer Randall Thompson dedicate his "Twelve Canticles" to the Concert Choir who gave the premier performance of the composition.
With such a long association with Emory & Henry, there were decades of students and alumni and community members who knew Dr. Davis by title, affiliation, nickname or influence. John Wright, E&H Class of 1983 and current Director of Music Ministries at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, wrote a letter in the mid 1990s to explain Dr. Davis's influence on him as a professional: "Dr. Charles R. Davis helped instill in me a sense of humility, positive energy, deeply caring attitude, search for excellence, genuine excitement, self-motivation, and a striving for deeper spirituality."