Dick Davis honored for community service


Dick Davis, executive director of the Kyoto Symposium organization, receives the 2012 NIWA Award from Dennis Otsuji, president of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society. Courtesy

Richard Davis of La Jolla was honored with an award for excellence in community service from the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego at its 13th annual August Moon Gala on Aug. 16.


Davis was recognized for his accomplishments as executive director of the San Diego-based Kyoto Symposium Organization (KSO).  Since 2004, Davis has directed KSO’s annual program of free public lectures by the recipients of the Kyoto Prizes for global achievement, and a benefit gala that helps fund Kyoto Prize scholarships for students in the San Diego-Tijuana region.


In accepting the award, Davis thanked his wife, Jan, who teaches Asian studies at Cathedral Catholic High School, for “furthering my understanding of Asian studies and Japan-U.S. relations.”


This year’s Kyoto Symposium will begin with the Kyoto Prize Symposium Gala on March 12 and will include lectures at San Diego State University, UC San Diego, and the University of San Diego by the new Kyoto Laureates computer scientist Ivan Sutherland, molecular cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi, and literary critic and educator Gayatri Spivak.

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Posted by Shelli DeRobertis on Aug 23, 2012. Filed under Philanthropy. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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