WHEREAS, Olivia Gay Davis, a retired teacher, skilled

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					WHEREAS, Olivia Gay Davis, a retired teacher, skilled administrator and longtime
quality education advocate for all Duval County Public School students, died
unexpectedly earlier this week, and

WHEREAS, Olivia Gay Davis demonstrated her lifelong commitment in eliminating
racial discrimination and education disparities by serving on the Executive Committee of
the Jacksonville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People, and

WHEREAS, most recently during her retirement years Ms. Davis has continued her
decades-long commitment to the local NAACP by chairing the organization’s Education
Committee and has offered insightful leadership to promote and encourage the success of
Duval County’s minority students, faculty members and administrators, and

WHEREAS, Olivia Gay Davis began her distinguished career influencing the lives of
Jacksonville’s children in 1959 as a mathematics teacher at Matthew W. Gilbert Junior-
Senior High School where she later served as Department Chair and Assistant Principal,

WHEREAS, Ms. Davis responded to the Duval County School Board’s call in 1983 to
lead the District in a variety of key administrative positions in the fields of external
funding, compensatory education evaluation, and instructional research until retiring in
1994, and

WHEREAS, Olivia Gay Davis’ exemplary volunteerism through the years enriched the
communities in which she lived and served through such organizations as Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority Inc., Phi Delta Kappa, the Jacksonville YWCA, and Central C.M.E. and
Tabernacle Baptist churches, and

WHEREAS, Ms. Davis’ professional achievements and tireless community work earned
her the respect and admiration of all whom she encountered, and led her to become the
recipient of dozens of awards from such organizations as the Matthew W. Gilbert School
Advisory Council, Joseph H. Blodgett Tenants Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Inc., Jacksonville Chapter of Links Inc., and Tabernacle Baptist Church,

Therefore, be it RESOLVED by the Duval County School Board, on behalf of its
employees and all students past and present, do hereby extend its respectful condolences
to the family of Olivia Gay Davis.

APPROVED by the Duval County School Board at its Monthly Meeting, conducted this
7th day of September 2006.


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