Mack I. Davis II Awards – Meaning and History

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CSV’s high volunteer honor, the Mack I. Davis II award, recognizes the contributions of outstanding volunteers in the Cambridge Public Schools. The award memorializes our late board member Mack I. Davis II, assistant to the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Mack was a member of CSV’s board of directors from 1987 until his untimely death in June of 1989.

Mack’s life provided a model of public service. Despite a busy career as a scholar, teacher, psychologist, administrator, and consultant, Mack found time to help Cambridge teachers and students and provide leadership to CSV and other community agencies. Mack did transformative work with Black students and athletes, helping them to reach their full potential. In 2014, at the wedding of their son Manuel, Mack’s widow Dr. Shelly Davis referenced the many gifts his father gave him: “the capacity for deep and enduring friendship, for incredible romance, for total devotion in your role as Dad, and, of course, for exquisite taste in shoes.” For the volunteers honored in Mack’s name, Shelly says, “I am sure you all share a commitment to deep and enduring relationships as well as devotion in all the roles you choose to take on.” Through these awards, we celebrate Mack’s spirit as we find similar qualities in outstanding CSV volunteers. (If any awardees do not yet have Mack’s excellent taste in shoes, you may want to go shopping.)

Mack I. Davis II Award Winners, 1990 – present
2017
Leon Cantor
Bruce Dow
Maria McCarthy
Charles Wyzanski

2016
No Mack Davis Awards

2015
Corinne Johnson
Margaret Pancost
Sam Seidel
David Smith

2014
Catherine DeMaggio
Catherine Doyle
Daniel Dineen
Eve Loftus
Sharon McBride

2013
Christine Hoepfner
Young Kim
Jeff Quateman
Linda Sharpe

2012
Patricia Almeida
Denise Han
George Kent
Bill Sullivan
Matthew Weiss
Gail Lemily Wiggins

2011
Donald Board
Susan Milmoe
Doreen Lopes-Smith
Elaine Schear
Ellen Smith
Robert (Chip) Taggart

2010
Rick Flanagan
Greg Paris
Eric Ritter
Alison Stewart
Judith Clapp
Jennie Devereaux

2009
Asiri Ediriwickrema
Jean Little
Marian Lorenz
Sondra Peskoe
Scott Ruescher
Sue Wellington

2008
Phil Aurigemma
Arnold Miller
Mary Nelson
Charlotte Swartz
Branner Stewart
Lisa Smith

2007
Leslie Cohen
Edith Elder
Dorrie King
Richard Levine
Linda Pollitz
Lee Robbins
Kate Wilson

2006
Chiwen Bao
Sadie Giagrande
Ruth Goodman
Fred Kotler
Ralph Madsen
Deyne Meadow
Jim Peters
Frances Stanizzi
Nadia Yassa

2005
Harriet Griesinger
Elvernoy Holland
Carol Hulsizer
Susan Miller
Elena Raya
Thomas Arthur Smith
Allen West

2004
Marilyn Allen
Mary Jo Benjamin
Marie La Rosa
Sandy Levine
Allison Looney
Allen Mintz
Mary Pelaez
Catharina Stassen
Robert Wolf

2003
Louise Adler
Laurence Cohen
J.R. Dreyer
Kathleen Hart
John Hopkins
Carolyn Magid
Joanne Moses
Jiayun Lu
Peter Schmidt
Judy Summersby

2002
No Mack Davis Event

2001
Lydia Carmosino
David Daley
Tim Dineen
Charlotte Ng
Sarah Nolan
Robert Ricciardelli
Haik Sahakian

2000
Ken Bowles
Marilyn Brownlie
Louis Cohen
Richard Chutter
Jacqueline Cressey
Marilyn Feinberg
Carvel Munroe

1999
Aurora Alabre
Sheila Cook
Winger Danier
Christopher Field
Fay Mittleman
Lisa Palluconi
Ekaterina Porchneva
Jane Stegemann
Hillel Stavis

1998
Brendan Flannely-King
Roz Halle
Toma Kenstowicz
Thomas McCorkle
Wanda McDonald
Elizabeth Salomon
Sharon Street

1997
Kathleen Brown
Nora Garrett
Jonathan Hooks
Eduardo Jimenez
Pat Melchionda
James Warner
Xian Yin Deng

1996
Margaret Holmes
Carolyn Knott
Andrew Pearson
Alan Washington

1995
Carol Cerf
Stuart Clements
Deborah Garrett
Diane Griliches
Ralph Kodis
Jennifer Morazes
Bredy Pierre-Louis
William Zettler

1994
Roberto Almeida
Helene Cyr
Mike Dyer
Miranda Von Dornum
Mildred Williams

1993
Monica Drane
John Hammond
Mark Madison
Dorothy Manasian
Mary Nelson
Henry Rosen

1992
Pauline O’Donnell
Laura Rosenbury
Randy Thomas

1991
John Barry
Theresa Ciras
Sun Jin Nam
Manuel Kramer
Nancy Oshihara
Guillermo Pico

1990 – Inaugural
Jeremy Cantor
Jim Constantine
IIse Heyman
Mary Loveless
Andrew Shaw
Selim Tezel