Monday, July 7, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Former Westminster College men's basketball great Chuck Davis passed away on Thursday, June 26 in Brooklyn, New York after suffering a heart attack at the age of 75.
A native of Uniontown, Pa., and a graduate of South Union High School, Davis was an All-American for the Titan men's basketball team in 1960. His 1,408 career points, the third most when he graduated, currently ranks 10th all-time. Davis led the Titans to NAIA Tournament berths in 1959 and 1960 with records of 19-8 and 24-3, respectively. The 1960 Cinderella Titans won four NAIA Tournament games including a 39-38 upset of three-time defending champion Tennessee A&I, a team that had won 18 straight tournament games. Westminster wound up losing, 66-44, to Southwest Texas State in the national championship game and Davis captured the NAIA "Charles Stevenson Hustle Award." Davis was in the first class of basketball players inducted into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame.
A year after graduating Westminster in 1960, Davis eventually got the opportunity to tour with the Harlem Globetrotters. But after he injured his knee while playing in Brazil, Davis moved on with his life after basketball. Davis came back to the states and worked for the New York City Children's Administration. He started as a caseworker and was promoted to the director of the childcare agency. Davis developed a curriculum for his workers to teach parents the appropriate child-care skills and discipline to obtain their children back from foster families. Davis retired after 34 years in 1995.
Davis is survived by three grown children and four grandchildren, his wife Vera passed away in 2008.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.
Davis as a player in the late 1950s
Davis being inducted into the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.