O.L. Davis, Jr.
Kappa Delta Pi mourns the passing of Dr. O.L. Davis, Jr., who was a KDP Laureate and longtime devoted Society leader. A native Texan born into a family of educators, Davis was first initiated into the Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at the current University of North Texas and served as an officer. He began as an eighth-grade teacher, earned a master’s in Public School Administration, served as a principal, joined the Navy, and then earned a PhD in 1958. He became a strong voice in the area of curriculum studies. When he transferred his Kappa Delta Pi membership, he was voted President of the chapter.
Davis served as Counselor to a Kappa Delta Pi chapter for 40 years at The University of Texas at Austin (1967−2007). During his tenure, his chapter received many Awards in Chapter Excellence (ACE). Through his deep commitment to KDP and its mission, his mentorship of more than 160 doctoral students resulted, at one point, in as many as 27 of his students serving as KDP Chapter counselors at universities and colleges across the country.
Davis became active nationally with KDP in 1971, when he joined the editorial board for The Educational Forum and then was elected in subsequent years for many Executive Council positions, including as President in 1980–82. In 1994, Davis’ former doctoral students, friends, and members of his family funded the O.L. Davis, Jr., Laureate Doctoral Scholarship in Curriculum and Instruction. The Society honored his long service as a local chapter counselor in 2007 by establishing the O.L. Davis, Jr., Counselor of Distinction Award. KDP also recognizes Davis’ genuine and laudable contributions to the education profession.
Dr. Christine Sleeter, KDP Laureate Representative
California State University
Monterey Bay, California
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