Foster B. Davis, Jr. '39
Year Inducted: 1984
Foster B. Davis, Jr. ’39 is considered to many to be Brown University’s “Mr Hockey.” If this be his title, the man wears it well. “Pete” Davis played hockey on the Moses Brown varsity, three years at Andover, four years at Brown, and one year with the Exchange Club in New York City. He captained the Bruins as a senior, but his biggest thrill as a hockey player may have come in December of 1937. The Bruins were playing Yale at the old Rhode Island Auditorium and were trailing, 2-1, with thirty seconds to play when Pete Davis pounced on a rebound and slapped home the tying goal. Larry Tingly won it in overtime for the Bears, giving Brown its first hockey victory over Yale. In talking of Peter Davis recently, form goalie Jack Skillings ’37 had this to say: “Pete was a solid hockey player who hustled every minute he was on the ice and played defense just as tenaciously as he did offense. He was also a supreme opportunist, always being in the right place at the right time.” But the contributions of Pete Davis go far beyond his playing years. In 1956 he read an advertisement in the Providence Journal that offered a franchise for a youth hockey league for $75. He bought the franchise with the belief that other fathers would join him in forming a team. They did – and the East Side Bantams were born. Made up of boys 10 to 14 years of age, the Bantams played freshman teams at Taft, Deerfield, Andover, Tabor, and St. Georges. The program is still thriving under the name Brown Cubs, which the group adopted when it moved from Vendetti rink in Seekonk to Meehan Auditorium in 1961. Pete coached the team for many years and still is involved in an administrative position.
Shortly after returning from service as a Naval Officer during World War II, Pete Davis began pushing the officials at Brown for a hockey rink. And when that rink finally became possible with the donation of $500,000 to Brown in the late 1950’s, Pete Davis was an active member of the building committee in his role as Alumni Trustee and chairman of the Athletic Advisory Council. The original plans for Meehan included bench seating. It was Pete Davis who went to President Keeney and pushed for chairs in the large north and south stands. Some claim that his decision was made while Keeney and Davis were fishing off Little Compton. But that’s another story. Pete has served as president of the Brown Club of R.I. and the Associated Alumni, is a Brown Bear recipient, and was vice chancellor of the University. The managing director of Tucker Anthony & Day of Providence is married to Sylvia Conant. The couple has two sons, John ’68 and Roger.