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John R. Davis, Jr. '45

John R. Davis, Jr. '45, was Ambassador to Poland from 1988-90 and Ambassador to Romania from 1992-94. A career Foreign Service Officer, Davis served in the US Navy from 1945-46. He attended UCLA for his BA and did graduate work at UC Berkley and Harvard for his MPA. He entered the Foreign Service in 1955 and specialized in Eastern Europe. Davis had two 3-year tours in Warsaw as well as assignments in Djakarta, Rome, Milan, and Sydney, Australia.

Following the declaration of martial law in Poland in 1981, bilateral relations deteriorated to the point that the Poles refused to accept a new US Ambassador. Davis went to Warsaw for the third time to run the Embassy as Charge d'Affaires in 1983 and stayed for seven years, being elevated to the rank of Ambassador in 1988 as relations gradually improved. He strongly supported Solidarity and, together with Church leaders, gradually persuaded the Communist regime to open negotiations with the Solidarity dissidents. The Polish roundtable led to free elections in June 1989 and in August, to the installation of the first non-communist government in Eastern Europe for 40 years.

Davis left Poland in 1990 and received the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award. In 1991-92 he was Diplomat in Residence at Yale University and, in 1992, was appointed Ambassador to Romania by President George H.W. Bush.

Davis came to Webb in 1943. He was a member of the Honor Committee, Editor of the Blue and Gold, and an active member of the Drama and Debating Clubs. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. Now retired, John and his wife Helen live in Charlottesville, Virginia and spend most summers in Norfolk, Connecticut. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
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  • Webb Athletics Online

    For Webb sports fans who can’t attend a game, or if you’d like to follow along with the live stats and scores from our athletic contests, most of our home games will be covered live with video and play-by-play at The NFHS Network. 
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    There is no greater testament to The Webb Schools' values, culture of service and leadership than our extraordinary alumni. Through our annual Alumni Awards program, the Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees honor alumni whose service and achievements truly exemplify the qualities and values that Webb represents. We are pleased to announce the five distinguished recipients of Webb's 2018 Alumni Awards.
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    Yesterday Stanford University announced it would no long publicize its admit-rate percentages in an effort to discourage the growing national obsession over which colleges and universities have the lowest admit-rates in America.

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  • Come to Alumni Weekend, October 12-13!

    All alumni and friends are welcome to attend Alumni Weekend on October 12-13. We'll have open classrooms, dorm tours, alumni chapel service and lots more. Classes celebrating a reunion this year include 1953, 195, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013! Join us!
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  • Focus on Faculty: Howie Kalter

    Howie Kalter says the thing he most loves about his job at Webb is that teachers are coaches as well as classroom instructors. You’re just as likely to find him poolside where he’s the assistant coach of the WSC water polo team as you will in the classroom leading sections of Integrated Math I and II.
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  • The Week @ Webb - Sept. 17-24, 2018

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    The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus. This gallery features our work in the classroom and around campus in collaborative learning groups. Come take a look at some of the in-depth and hands-on work our students are working on.
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  • 2018 Alumni Award Recipients

    There is no greater testament to The Webb Schools' values, culture of service and leadership than our extraordinary alumni. Through our annual Alumni Awards program, the Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees honor alumni whose service and achievements truly exemplify the qualities and values that Webb represents. We are pleased to announce the five distinguished recipients of Webb's 2018 Alumni Awards.
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  • Parents Weekend!

    We have a full weekend planned for you, so please make sure we know you’re joining us. You can register for all events on the Parents home page on the website. Join us early for the Thursday, Oct. 4 Parent Reception at Elvira’s, visit classes and meet advisors, enjoy the Affiliates Benefit on Friday evening, and more. Register now!
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