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NMSU remembers first dean of College of Human and Community Services

Lowery H. Davis, former dean of the New Mexico State University College of Human and Community Services, now the College of Health and Social Services, passed away in Las Cruces Oct. 4 at the age of 87.


During World War II, Davis served three years in the Army Air Corp. He received his bachelor's degree and then his master's degree from Auburn University in 1952. He earned his doctorate at Ohio State University.

Davis joined the Agricultural Education Department at Ohio State in 1955, and went on to become the head of the Department of Agricultural Education at Clemson University in 1959.

In 1970, Davis moved to Las Cruces when NMSU President Gerald W. Thomas named him the first dean of the Division of Continuing Education, which later became the College of Human and Community Services. He remained dean of the college until his retirement in 1988.

"Dean Davis was always there for anyone who could be helped by education. He felt it was his personal challenge to get the right resources to students to help each one succeed," said Virginia Higbie, interim dean of the College of Health and Social Services.

Davis was known for his work in vocational education and was honored by many national educational organizations during his career. He was an active member of his church, and also served on the board for the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

Memorials may be made in Davis' name to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 Mesilla Valley Ave., Las Cruces, N.M. Donations also may be made to the Lowery and Doris Davis Nursing Scholarship at NMSU. For more information about the scholarship, contact Bob Nosbisch at (575) 646-5061.

NMSU remembers first dean of College of Human and Community Services

Lowery H. Davis, former dean of the New Mexico State University College of Human and Community Services, now the College of Health and Social Services, passed away in Las Cruces Oct. 4 at the age of 87.

During World War II, Davis served three years in the Army Air Corp. He received his bachelor's degree and then his master's degree from Auburn University in 1952. He earned his doctorate at Ohio State University.

Davis joined the Agricultural Education Department at Ohio State in 1955, and went on to become the head of the Department of Agricultural Education at Clemson University in 1959.

In 1970, Davis moved to Las Cruces when NMSU President Gerald W. Thomas named him the first dean of the Division of Continuing Education, which later became the College of Human and Community Services. He remained dean of the college until his retirement in 1988.

"Dean Davis was always there for anyone who could be helped by education. He felt it was his personal challenge to get the right resources to students to help each one succeed," said Virginia Higbie, interim dean of the College of Health and Social Services.

Davis was known for his work in vocational education and was honored by many national educational organizations during his career. He was an active member of his church, and also served on the board for the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

Memorials may be made in Davis' name to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 Mesilla Valley Ave., Las Cruces, N.M. Donations also may be made to the Lowery and Doris Davis Nursing Scholarship at NMSU. For more information about the scholarship, contact Bob Nosbisch at (575) 646-5061.