Kathryn W. Davis 1907-2013

With sadness, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship acknowledges the passing of longtime NFTE friend and supporter Kathryn W. Davis, who died on April 23, 2013, at her home in Hobe Sound, Fla., surrounded by her children.

Born in Philadelphia on February 25, 1907, Mrs. Davis was educated at The Madeira School in Washington, D.C. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. in international relations from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She also held honorary doctorates from Columbia University, Wheaton College and Middlebury College.

Mrs. Davis and her husband, Shelby Cullom Davis, traveled extensively throughout the world, with Russia and the Soviet Union becoming a lifelong passion. She often wrote and lectured about her travels.  Following Ambassador Davis' death, Mrs. Davis dedicated herself to philanthropy, initially focusing her efforts on education and international affairs, later adding medical research, and finally concentrating on a mission for world peace.

Having been introduced to NFTE's founder Steve Mariotti in the mid 1990's by her granddaughter Abby Moffat and daughter Diana Davis Spencer, Mrs. Davis became a good friend and was always supportive of NFTE's goals and mission.  

Says Steve, "I once asked her what was the most important thing she had learned during her long, fascinating life. 'Always treat people like they should be--not like they are,' she replied with a smile."

Among other projects, Mrs. Davis was a multi-year sponsor of NFTE's National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, facilitiating participation of over 200 young people from around the country in this prestigious event each fall.  Her greatest legacy at NFTE will be the many Challenge participants who benefited from her generosity and are now pursuing their paths to success in education and the business world as a result. 

NFTE has lost a champion, and will remember her fondly as a friend.


A link to an obituary may be found here.