The John Morris Davies and William Olin Davies

The John Morris Davies and William Olin Davies Memorial Fund in Physics

The John Morris Davies and William Olin Davies Memorial Fund in Physics was established on March 3, 1995, by Mrs. Margaret A. Davies. Mrs. Davies established the fund on her 91st birthday, in loving recognition of her late husband, John Morris Davies '22, '24; and her deceased son, William Olin Davies '57. Both her husband and son shared a great love of physics.

John Morris Davies received an undergraduate and masters degree in physics from The University of Akron and received a Ph.D. at Temple University. He taught at The University of Akron, worked at The BF Goodrich Company for 23 years, and Army Quartermaster Research Laboratory in Natick, Massachusetts, until retiring in 1970.

William Olin Davies graduated from Oberlin College and received his master’s degree from The University of Akron in physics. He received his Ph.D. in physics from South Eastern Institutes of Technology. Mr. Davies served as Technical Director of the United States Army Strategic Defense Command, its top civilian position. Prior to entering government service, William Davies served as a physicist at the IIT Research Institute and Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. His outstanding contributions in the area of ballistic missile program earned him the distinction of receiving a Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executives from President Bush.

The Davies Scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of merit and financial need to a student majoring in physics. The scholarship will be renewable as long as the recipient meets the criteria established by the department chair.