Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: 1-35 and University Parks Drive | PO Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570 | (254) 750-8631
Robert E. Davis
March 16, 2003, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum lost a long
time friend and founder, Robert E. Davis of Waco.
was born in Waco April 26, 1933 and attended Waco public schools and
Baylor University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and headed his
family business, Davis Brothers Publishing Company, a fixture in Waco
for 75 years and the leading publisher of church choral music.
to many organizations was long and distinguished, but he left his most
important mark on the development of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
spanned 34 years beginning his association as a member of the original
founding committee. A decade later he was appointed a member of the
Texas Ranger Commemorative Commission by the Legislature and helped
raise funds to build the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. Never satisfied
with "good-enough," he co-chaired the committee that
founded the Texas Ranger Research Center and served as the president
of its support group. He served several terms on the museum Advisory
Board advocating the growth and development of the museum.
Ranger Research Center (library and archives) was Bob's main interest
at the museum. He saw it grow from a small room with a few books to
an archives with a professional staff — the leading historical
and genealogical resource on the Texas Rangers.
the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Bob served on the
Texas LIbrary and Historical Commission, a Vietnam veterans memorial
commission, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Confederate
Research Center at Hill College, the Waco-McLennan County Library
Commission and the Heritage Society of Waco.
We miss Bob,
his warmth of personality, his interests in everything historical
from Texana to Egyptology and his constant encouragement. — Byron
A. Johnson, Director