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HDavisonHarry Edwin Davison

Lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. Earned 13 letters.

Football: Played center and linebacker. Was first team all-conference and elected to the all-state team as a senior. The 1937 Wildcats were conference champions.

Basketball: Lettered four years as a guard. Known for his aggressiveness, was elected to the honorable mention all-conference team as a senior.

Track: Lettered four years in the javelin.

Baseball: Lettered in baseball as a senior, the only year the university fielded a team while he was in college.

Member of the Zeta Chi fraternity.

Received a B.S. in Mathematics in 1938. Coached and taught for two years at both Wellsville High School and Harper High School.

Received an officer’s commission in the U.S. Navy and was sent for special courses in aerological engineering at MIT. Served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Received a citation from Admiral Halsey for “Accurate Reporting of Wind, Weather, and Sea Swells Which Allowed U.S. Forces to Invade Iwo Jima Successfully Four Days Earlier Than Scheduled.” Also received the Air Medal from Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, for his meritorious achievements.

In 1946 began a 10-year career with the State of Kansas at the Veterans Administration.

From 1956-1959 was in the insurance business while serving as president of the Kansas College Officials Association. Left Kansas in 1959 to work in Colorado in the petroleum business, serving as Rocky Mountain division manager and vice president of Western Crude Oil. Appointed in 1979 to serve on the national committee on special problems of the veterans affairs and rehabilitation program of the American Legion.

 

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