Picture used by the funeral home in Mr. Davis' obituary and funeral program.
Derick G. S. Davis (1920-2004) was born in Richmond, VA, and lived in Wilmington, NC. He was Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), and retired from the university in 1991. He was instrumental at UNCW in developing the curriculum in Parks and Recreation. Before that he was employed by the City of Wilmington for 20 years. He was the first African American to serve as the head of a municipal Parks and Recreation Department in the south. He was also the first African American elected President of the North Carolina Recreation and Park Society. When he left the city to work at the university, the City Council voted to name a newly constructed community center the Derick G. S. Davis Community Center. He was the recipient of many honors and awards, including the National Recreation and Parks Association's Award for Service to the Southern Region. He also served on a number of local, state, and national committees such as the Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear.
2004 February 7
University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Wilmington (N.C.)
NCR Family and Biography Files, "Davis, Derick G. S." File
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