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Alfred L. Davis had an extraordinary impact on RIT. For 70 years, Mr. Davis was engaged in the life of the university, serving as advisor to four RIT presidents, as a faculty member, a mentor, and a role model to both students and staff members. He was a dedicated and committed volunteer and benefactor who, as a retiree, contributed in numerous ways to making RIT the best it could be. Through these efforts, he developed an appreciation for the selfless generosity of RIT’s benefactors and their profound impact on the students and the greater community.

During his years as vice president in the 1960s and 1970s, Al Davis played a key role in shaping RIT's future by helping to raise the funds to build a new campus in Henrietta. Always conscious of recognizing others’ generosity, Mr. Davis was instrumental in founding the Nathaniel Rochester Society (NRS) in 1967, and worked with Mr. and Mrs. Kilian Schmitt in developing the campus interfaith center. He was active in establishing the J. Warren McClure Professorship, the John Wiley Jones Lecture Series and the creation of many scholarships. Read More..


Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service

 Bruce R. James ‘64 Distinguished Public Service