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Don & Lois Sherrill DavisDon Davis '47 & Lois Sherrill Davis '45

"There is not one other four-year liberal arts school with as distinguished an undergraduate program in communication sciences and disorders," says Don Davis '47. He should know. Don helped build the program at Augustana College with 38 years of teaching as well as serving as chair of the department.

Don and his wife, Lois Sherrill Davis '45, have a long history with the college. Both earned their degrees in speech pathology at Augustana, as did their daughter, Sherrill Davis Condry '72. Their son, Dan Davis '77, studied English literature at Augustana.

The Davis family continues its Augustana involvement today, working out at the gym and attending meetings of the Emeriti Faculty or the Endowment Society. They are also helping students with awards from the Don and Lois Davis Scholarship for students in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The scholarship began upon Don's retirement, as a gift from the many people whose lives the Davises touched. The scholarship is endowed, meaning it's permanent and will continue for many future generations of students.

Recently, Don and Lois chose to make a planned gift that will ultimately add to the existing scholarship. They established a charitable gift annuity and, in exchange for their gift, the Davises receive a quarterly check based on their ages and the timing of their gift.

"Lois and I saw the gift annuity as a way to enhance the scholarship we have in place while we receive something in return," notes Don, who enjoys the reliability of the payments from their gift.

When asked why he and Lois chose the college to benefit from their philanthropy, Don says, "For the same reason we returned to the Quad Cities and I joined the faculty at Augustana after I earned my doctorate at Northwestern. Where else but Augustana?"