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H.G. “Buddy” Davis was an outstanding faculty member at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications for 31 years. A gifted instructor, he ran many of his reporting, editorial and photography classes like a newsroom to give students a sense of the real world.
For 27 of those years, he was also a Gainesville-based editorialist and columnist and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished editorial writing in 1971. Davis worked for the Atlanta Constitution, The Miami Herald, The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, and The Gainesville Sun during his career, also.
In 1983, he was cited as one of the nation’s outstanding journalism teachers by the Associated Press Managing Editors Association. When he retired from the UF in 1985, he had been designated Distinguished Service Professor.