Dr. Ambrose Davis, retired director of international recruitment development in the admissions office, died September 30, at the age of 71.
Dr. Davis, C ’66, G ’68, GRD ’82, began his career at Penn in 1969 as an office manager in the department of dormitories for men. Later, he joined the admissions office where he served as director of international programs until 1983 and then as director of international recruitment development until his retirement in 2001.
As a supporter of the study abroad experience, Dr. Davis and his wife, Najma, worked together to make international students feel comfortable during their studies at Penn. “…Many international students who came to campus would gather at their house for home-cooked food,” said Maryann McDonagh, regional director of international and transfer admissions. “They knew when they were homesick or in need of advice that they could turn to Ambrose and Najma.” He also encouraged hesitant parents in other countries to allow their children to study abroad, when at the time such a concept was foreign. “Ambrose and Najma allowed many students to live at their house so their parents felt more comfortable with the idea of studying at Penn,” added Ms. McDonagh.
Dr. Davis is survived by his wife, Najma, GRS ’78 and his daughter, Kaya, C ’99.