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Verda Merlyn Davis

Verda Merlyn Davis, American nursing educator, educator. Certified Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome educator, trainer of trainers National Institute Drug Abuse. Grantee, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1972-1990; recipient numerous appreciation awards, Headstart Program, New Orleans, 1987-1991.


Davis, Verda Merlyn was born on March 8, 1936 in Alexandria, Louisiana, United States. Daughter of David Huel and Vera Josephine (Tenette) Davis.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Dillard University, 1957. Master in Public Health, Tulane University, 1964. Postgraduate, Tulane University, 1983.


Instructor practical nursing, Orleans Parish School System, New Orleans, 1957-1958;public health nurse, Visiting Nurses Association, New Orleans, 1958-1963;research associate, Tulane University, New Orleans, 1964-1965;assistant professor health, Southern U., New Orleans, 1965-1990;university health officer, Southern U., 1989-1990;assistant professor health, Dillard U., since 1990. Activity director National Youth Sports Program, New Orleans, 1972-1990. Community health educator Family Superior vena cava syndrome Society Greater New Orleans, 1981-1990.

Health education consultant Headstart Program, New Orleans, 1985-1991. Education consultant Department Family Life/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Education Orleans Parish School Board, since 1988. Supts. committee infusion of African-American Hist.Orleans Parish School Board, 1990.


Vice president Love One Another Political Organization, New Orleans, 1980-1985. Member Council for Young Children in Need, New Orleans, 1987-1988, Mayor's Coalition Against Drugs, New Orleans, 1989. Secretary East New Orleans Voters Education League, 1988-1989.

Executive board Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, since 1991. Member Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, American Public Health Association, Louisiana Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, National Minority Health Affairs Association, Just Us Gals.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: Black history, reading, dancing.


Married Joseph Francis Gray, August 21, 1957 (divorced 1965). Children: Cornell Francis, Anthony Stephen.