Hilda Andrea Davis Hilda A. Davis, age 96 of Newark, DE, educator, mental health administrator and community leader, died October 6, 2001 in the Christiana Hospital in Newark. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, October 20th at the Christ Episcopal Church, 3rd & Clinton Sts., Delaware City. Davis was professor of English at Wilmington College, retiring in 1977. She was special lecturer in English and associate director of the Writing Center of the University of Delaware, retiring in 1970. The recipient of many honors, Davis was awarded the University of Delaware Medal of Distinction in 1987 and was inducted into the Delaware Women Hall of Fame in 1986. She was the first black to hold a full-time University of Delaware contract and the first female senior warden in the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. Born in Washington, DC on May 24, 1905, she was the 4th of 9 children of Louis H. and Ruth Cooke Davis. Earning the BA degree magna cum laude in English and Latin from Howard University in 1925, she became director of girls' activities and teacher of Latin and English at Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, NC. Awarded the master's degree in English literature from Radcliffe College in 1932, she became dean of women and assistant professor of English at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. In 1936 she was appointed dean of women and professor of English at Talladega College in Talladega, AL. Earning a doctorate in human development at the University of Chicago in 1953, she then was appointed coordinator of research at the Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City. From 1961-1968 Davis held positions with the Delaware State Hospital, including chief of medical records and assistant to the superintendent. President Lyndon Johnson appointed Davis to the Commission to Study the Needs of Black Women. President Richard Nixon appointed her to the Commission on Elementary and Secondary School Finance. She was active in organizations including the YWCA of New Castle County board; AAUW and the League of Women Voters, Newark; NAUW, Wilmington, and national president; Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Sigma Theta, president, Wilmington chapter; Delaware Psychological Assn.; Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, Philadelphia chapter; NAWE; and NAACP. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Delaware City. Davis is survived by nieces and nephews: Toni Howard Curley, William F. Lawton, Jr., Frederick D. Jones, III of Washington, DC, Thalia T. Lewis of San Jose, CA, Sheridan D. Jones of Otis, OR and Jessie S. Maddox of Gaithersburg, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to the YWCA of New Castle County, 233 King St., Wilmington, DE 19801; the Educational Foundation, AAUW, 1111 16th St., NE, Washington, DC 20002; the Society for the Companions of the Holy Cross, Adelynrood, Byfield, MA 01922-2812, or others. Arrangements by CONGO FUNERAL HOME
Published in The News Journal on Oct. 18, 2001.