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printing company executive

Finis E. Davis, American printing company executive.


Davis, Finis E. was born on August 29, 1911 in Lead Hill, Arkansas, United States. Son of John Preston and Mary Elizabeth (Cagle) Davis.


Student, Arkansas Polytech. College, 1932; Bachelor of Science in Edn, University Arkansas, 1938. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Louisville, 1989.


Teacher, Arkansas School for Blind, Little Rock, 1933-1939;superintendent, Arkansas School for Blind, 1939-1947;vice president, general manager, American Printing House for Blind, Louisville, 1947-1976;president, Label Specialties Inc., 1976-1996. Sponsoring committee International Conference Educators of Blind Youth, 1951-1952, United States delegate to conference, Bussum, Holland, 1952, member executive council, since 1952, chairman United States delegation to conference, Oslo, Norway, 1957.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor article on education of blind to Britannica Book of Year, 1957-1960.


Member Lions International, since 1941, president Little Rock club, 1946-1947, district governor 7-B Arkansas, 1947, president Louisville club, 1950-1951, district governor, 1952-1953, international board directors, 1954-1956, 1st vice president, 1959-1960, president, 1960-1961. Board directors University Louisville International Center, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Helen Keller International, New York, National Society to Prevent Blindness, New York, Arkansas Enterprises for Blind, Kentuckiana Metroversity, Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, Pikeville College, 1963-1969 chairman United Appeal, 1968, American Red Cross, 1968. Elder Presbyterian Church.

Member American Association Instructors Blind (director 1950-1955, president 1950-1952), American Association Workers for Blind, Executives (president 1978-1979).


Married Ethlyn Watkins, July 15, 1933. Children: Marybel (Mistress Robert Black), Juliann (Mistress Gary R. Edwards), Linda Sue (Mistress Bruce Henry Broecker).

John Preston Davis

Mary Elizabeth (Cagle) Davis

Ethlyn Watkins

Marybel Davis (Mistress Robert Black)

Juliann Davis (Mistress Gary R. Edwards)

Linda Sue Davis (Mistress Bruce Henry Broecker)