H. William “Rusty” Davis III #9408 Camper, Leader, D-Head, and two-term Dudley Board Member, H. William “Rusty” Davis III exemplifies all that the CDA honors.
Arriving as a Cub in 1959, Rusty made an enormous impact on Dudley over 16 years. Rhythm Rambler sax and flute man, “Tiger Lily” actor, Leader of the “Ross Non- Athletic Cabin,” and an evenhanded Coach, Rusty always ensured fun and success for his campers.
As a young D-Head at Dudley, Rusty brought wit and wisdom to deliberations, becoming the “go-to-guy” whenever challenges arose.
As a Dudley Board Member, he pressed for a “rainy day” fund that enabled immediate action when major flooding devastated our shoreline.
With a BA and MS from Princeton in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Sciences, Rusty was elected to the Sigma Xi Science and Engineering Honor Society.
Over four decades at the Taft School, Rusty served as physics teacher, coach, Dean of the Middle Class, Dean of Students and Assistant Headmaster. His girls soccer program achieved unprecedented success. Rusty’s formula was simple . . . “always have fun.” In the process, he helped thousands of students and campers to make the most of what they were given.
Rusty and his wife and fellow teacher Linda Saarnijoki’s proudest achievement is their daughter Eliza, a 2012 Kiniya Assistant Leader and Taft graduate.
In recognition of his half century of loyalty and dedication to Camp Dudley, the CDA names Rusty Davis its 2012 Man of the Year.