Harvey R. Davies
1908 - 1987
Harvey Davies, a singer, pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor, taught music at three academies and spent most of his life in a whirlwind of musical activity. A Canadian, he attended Atlantic Union College in the late 1920s and early 1930s, where he completed a theology degree in 1932 and a B.A. in history in 1934.
By the time he had completed his college studies, he had founded and was conducting the school's Adelphian Male Chorus and had directed the college band and orchestra. He led the orchestra for two years, from 1933, the beginning of his last year as a student, through 1935, a year beyond his graduation, while he studied music at Boston University. While at AUC, he wrote its school song.
His first teaching position was at Cedar Lake Academy in Michigan, where he taught music from 1935 to 1938. He then returned to Massachusetts and taught music at both Greater Boston and South Lancaster academies. He again wrote the school song for both of those schools.
In his lifetime, he became known for his teaching, ability to generate enthusiasm for music, and prolific composing and arranging. He was known widely throughout the Eastern U.S. for his extensive musical activities in many different settings and on numerous occasions.
Sources: Obituaries, Atlantic Union Gleaner, 2 June 1988, 22, and the Adventist Review, 26 May 1988, 23.