Edwin L. Douglass Jr. '55
Following their father’s footsteps north from Augusta, Georgia, Edwin Latimer Douglass, Jr. and his twin brother Tom arrived at Davidson in the fall of 1951. As a student, Edo was a member of Beta Theta Pi and the golf team through which he was elected to D-Club, all the while fulfilling his commitment to ROTC and the economics major that was the focus of his academic career.
From Davidson he entered the U.S. Army and soon landed in South Korea as aide to the American Chief of the Korean Military Advisory Group. Though while there, Lieutenant Douglass may have shouldered his golf bag more often than his rifle, he served his country with honor and distinction. Upon returning to Augusta, he immediately became an active member of the business, civic and spiritual community where he and Mary Anne would settle down and raise their family. Director of the Boys Club of Augusta and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, President of the Georgia/Carolina Council of the Boys Scouts of America and an elder of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Edo was and remains a very public citizen in his home town.
His service to alma mater has remained equally steadfast. From his leadership on behalf of the Annual Fund as class agent, twice as class chair, and ultimately as the national chair of the Ne Ultra Society, to his service on the Steering Committee for the Georgia regional campaign during the Campaign for Davidson, his role on the Parents Council from 1983 through 1987, and through his chairmanship of the committees to plan his 40th and 50th reunions, Edwin Latimer Douglass, Jr., has been a most faithful member of the class of 1955.
Because of your remarkable example of service to your community and to Davidson College, the latter to whom you have given generously of your time, your energy, your leadership, your financial wherewithal and, most significantly, your flesh and blood through your namesake, Edwin L. Douglass III of the Class of 1987, the Davidson College Alumni Association honors you, Edwin Latimer Douglass, Jr., with the Alumni Service Award on the occasion of the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1955, this 30th day of April, 2005.