NOAA 99-R301
Contact: Patricia Viets, John Hughes


Richard M. (Dick) Davis retired from the National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, N.C., on Feb. 3, after serving as a federal employee for over half a century. Davis began his career in federal service on July 4, 1945, when he was sworn into the United States Navy. After a short tour in supply he completed the Navy Aerographer's School in 1947 and received his honorable discharge in September 1949.

On May 12, 1950, Davis was sworn in as a federal employee in the U.S. Weather Bureau. His career in the Weather Bureau began in the Northern Hemisphere Map Unit, Washington, D.C. As a plotter and later as a supervising plotter in the map unit, Davis transferred with the unit to the National Weather Records Center in Asheville in 1955. Over the years the NWRC became the National Climatic Center and as it known today, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

While at the Asheville center, Davis held branch chief positions in the Computer Products, Data Base, and Cooperative Data Branches. He also held the position of projects coordinator. He was the NCDC data administrator at the time of his retirement. Davis received many honors during his career, including the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 1972 and the Silver Medal in 1986. Davis was honored by many dignitaries, including Congressman Charles H. Taylor from the 11th Congressional District in North Carolina; Mayor Russell M. Martin, Mayor, city of Asheville; and Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford in a federal building-wide ceremony marking his fiftieth year of service in 1996.

In his spare time Davis stays active in the Asheville community, which includes membership in the Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church choir for 44 years; eight gallon Red Cross Blood Donor; chief, Reserve Officer Corps, Buncombe County Sheriffs Department; Asheville Community Band member; past president and member of the Association of Retarded Citizens (United Way Agency); and a tutor for the NCDC Partners in Education program at Isaac Davisson Elementary School.