The estate of a former Wisconsin football player, Raymond M. Davis, has made a $500,000 gift to the UW Athletic Department, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez recently announced. In appreciation of his generosity, the UW Athletic Department has named the north entrance to the Stadium the one through which football players enter the field the Raymond Davis Entrance.
The gift was received by the University of Wisconsin Foundation from a trust established by the late Raymond M. Davis who designated it for the support of the University of Wisconsin football program. His wife Margaret, a 1932 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, was also a life long Badger fan.
Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to get to know Raymond and Margaret, but I understand their love for this University was unparalleled. Alvarez said. This gift will benefit student-athletes for years to come. I can't thank the Davis family enough for their generosity and support.
Daviss granddaughter, Dana Posset (UW-Madison 00), was instrumental in seeing that his interests and wishes were carried out. The multi-purpose designation of the gift was a significant factor to Posset.
My grandfather was a Badger fan through and through. I can only imagine the sense of pride he would feel if he could see the impact of his gift. Posset said. I know that he is smiling down on us.
$250,000 of his gift has been designated to the Camp Randall Stadium renovation project.
$200,000 of his gift has been designated to the Heritage Hall project, which will be the final `jewel in the stadium renovation upon its completion in Fall 2007. Heritage Hall will showcase the proud history of Wisconsin Athletics and provide an outstanding venue for activities such as recruiting visits, team banquets and alumni receptions. The $2.5 million project is being funded entirely by private gifts from former UW student-athletes, coaches and administrators. The Athletic Department has already received pledges and gifts totaling $2 million.
$50,000 of the gift to the previously established Raymond M. and Margaret F. Davis Endowed Football Scholarship. Upon his death, Davis established the Raymond M. and Margaret F. Davis Endowed Football Scholarship through a provision in his will, which each year provides a deserving member of the UW football team with a partial football scholarship. This years recipient is junior tight end Andy Crooks (Wausau, WI).
Davis played guard for the Badgers in 1932-35, serving as captain in 1935. After his time at UW, Davis founded and ran a successful steel products company until his retirement in 1962. Upon retirement, he and his wife worked in Thailand for a decade during which time their traveled extensively throughout the world.
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