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Duane Davis

2020 Faculty Emeritus Winner

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Grand Rapids Community College is awarding Emeritus Faculty status to a man who has put his musical stamp on countless students as well as the West Michigan arts community.

Professor Duane Davis served as a faculty member in the Music Department for 26 years, working with students in the classroom and serving as GRCC’s director of choral and vocal activities. Under his tenure, the Shades of Blue vocal ensemble received national and international recognition, and the College Choir performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

“Professor Davis served as a wonderful instructor on our campus for decades, but he also embraced the role of ambassador for GRCC and community colleges as a whole,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “Every time his students performed across the country, those performances served to showcase the great students and instruction happening on our campus.”

Davis, who also taught at Northeast Middle and Creston High schools in Grand Rapids as well as Western Michigan and Indiana universities, shared his passion for music and teaching with the community. He was music director for the Circle Theater and Actors Theater and served as chorus master for Opera Grand Rapids for 31 years.

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Year Award Winner
2019 Laurie Foster
2018 Fátima Nieves
2017 Dr. Joseph Hesse
2016 Walter Lockwood
2014 Paul Chardoul
2013 Dr. Gary Burbridge
2012 Dr. Velvie Green
2011 Marilyn Smidt
2010 Cornelius Eringaard
2009 Charles Chamberlain
2008 Roger DeVries
2007 Keith Longberg, President Emeritus Richard Calkins
2006 Granville Brown
2005 Dr. Richard Kurzhals
2004 Ms. Alice Donahue
2003 Ms. Phyllis Fratzke, Dr. Till Peters
2002 Ms. Nancy Clouse
2001 Mr. James Skidmore
2001 Ms. Bobbi Schrader
2000 Mr. James Skidmore
1999 Ms. Anne E. Mulder, Ph.D.
1998 Mr. Harvey Olsen
1997 Mr. Harvey Meyaard
1996 Dr. Allen G. Gerrard
1995 Mr. Francis J. McCarthy
1994 Mr. Anthony LaPenna
1993 Dr. Marinus Swets
1992 Dr. Albertus H. Elve
1991 Mr. Leonard Anderson, Mr. John Regenmorter
1990 Dr. Raymond Boozer, Mrs. Lucille Thomas
1989 Dr. Anne V. Miller, Mr. O. Stewart Myers
1987 Mr. Gordon Hunsberger, Mr. Richard Wherity
1986 Mr. E. Ray Baxter, Mr. Wendell Shroll
1985 Mrs. Alecia Bowles DuRand, Mr. Albert Smith