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The Rev. Lawrence Davies was the
Former Fredericksburg Mayor Lawrence A. Davies, who recently retired after 50 years as pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) in the city, has been awarded the first Community Member of the Year award given by Germanna Community College's Educational Foundation, college spokesman Mike Zitz said.
Davies was the city's first black mayor, serving from 1976-96.
Germanna President David A. Sam announced the honor Friday night during the foundation's annual dinner and celebration of philanthropy. The new award will be named for Davies, Zitz said.
The award will be given annually to someone who has made a major difference in the community.
In honoring Davies, Foundation President Jane Wallace said he and his wife, Janice, together have "been a force for peaceful and positive change" over the past half century, Zitz said.
Davies' daughter Lauren, who had sickle cell anemia and died at 36, had been a Germanna student.
Culpeper Regional Health System President and CEO Lee Kirk donated $40,000 to the Germanna Educational Foundation at the dinner.
The foundation also honored several others:
John J. "Butch" Davies III, a Culpeper attorney and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, was named the foundation's board member of the year.
Steve B. Jones of Spotsylvania County was named foundation alumnus of the year. He graduated from Germanna in 1979 with an associate's degree in business management. He is president and chief operating officer of the Fried Cos. Inc., a regional residential and commercial real estate development firm based in Fairfax County with offices in Springfield, Spotsylvania and Greene County.
John W. "Bill" Price III and Patricia Adams Price of Madison County were named the college's 2013 philanthropists of the year. Bill Price is chief executive officer of Madison Wood Preservers.