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Neil Owen Davis, American Newspaper executive, educator ( committee media, Educated)newspaper executive, educator. Recipient Public Service award Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1941; numerous editorial awards Alabama Press Association, 1938-1975; Herrick Editorial award National.


Davis, Neil Owen was born on August 15, 1914 in Hartford, Alabama, United States. Son of Charles Francis and Katherine Anderson (West) Davis.


Bachelor of Science, Auburn U., 1935. Nieman Foundation fellow Harvard University, 1941-1942.


Reporter Dothan (Alabama) Journal, 1935. Editor N. Georgia Journal, Rossville, 1936, Auburn (Alabama) Bulletin, 1937—1975, editor, public, 1937—1975. Editor emeritus, from 1975.

Professor journalism Auburn University, 1976—1980. President Bulletin Public Company, Inc., 1939—1975. Secretary Auburn Broadcasting Company, Inc., 1947—1976.

Board directors United Fund, 1958, 1970—1974. Secretary Lee County Democratic Committee, 1952—1968. Member Alabama Democratic Executive Committee 3d District, 1940—1942, 1948—1956, Alabama Board Pardons and Parole, 1951—1955.

Member board Christian education Presbyterian Church United States, 1959—1968. Member ad interim committee write New Confession Faith, 1968—1975. Ruling elder 1st Presbyterian Church, Auburn, Alabama.

Moderator John Knox Presbytery, 1979, Synod Mid-South, 1980—1981. Trustee Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, 1968—1986. Emeritus, from 1986; president Alabama Committee Better Schools, 1963.

Participant United States Presidential Advisory Commission Rural Poverty, 1966—1967. Member Southern Regional Council, from 1968. Participant Southern Regional Education Board committees, 1958—1964.

Member Alabama Ethics Commission, 1980—1983, chairman, 1983—1984. Chairman committee study Auburn Public Schools, 1976. Member advisory council humanities Auburn University, chairman, 1981—1983.

Vice chairman Lee County Department Human Services. Served Second lieutenant to major United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945.


  • Other Work

    • Author (with others): (book) Newsmen's Holiday, 1942. Contributor article to Nation Magazine.


Member Alabama Board Pardons and Parole, 1951-1955. Member board Christian education Presbyterian Church in the United States, 1959-1968. Member Southern Regional Council, since 1968.

Member Alabama Ethics Commission, 1980-1983, chairman, 1983-1984. Member of advisory council humanities Auburn U., chairman, 1981-1983. Served from Second lieutenant to major United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945.

Member Auburn Chamber of C. (director 1955-1956, 1967-1968), Alabama Press Association (president 1947), Sigma Delta Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha.


Married Henrietta Worsley, November 5, 1938. Children: Katherine Worsley Davis Savage, Henrietta LeeDavis Blackman, Neil Owen.

Charles Francis Davis

Katherine Anderson (West) Davis

Henrietta Worsley

Katherine Worsley Davis Savage Davis

Henrietta LeeDavis Blackman Davis

Neil Owen Davis