Savvy Support from Evelyn Y. Davis

August 31, 2011

The business-savvy side of Evelyn Y. Davis appreciates that her physicians at The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) work together to keep her healthy. In order to show them just how much she appreciates them, she and the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation recently established the Evelyn Y. Davis Fund with a gift of $100,000 to support several MFA clinical departments.

Davis, who studied Business Administration at GW, considers herself the nation’s foremost activist-shareholder. She owns stock in roughly 80 corporations and has been a vocal participant at shareholder meetings across the country since the 1960s. She is the founder and editor of Highlights and Lowlights, a national financial newsletter featuring analysis on key business issues such as corporate governance and executive compensation, which is distributed only to the CEOs of national corporations. Davis is a regular guest on financial news programs such as CNBC, Fox Business News, and Comcast Newsmakers, and is frequently featured in many national newspapers. She also has been an invited lecturer at many universities and colleges, including Babson College, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and Penn State’s School of Journalism.

Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (which, she jokes, was “on the wrong side of the ocean, but the very right side of the tracks”), Davis was a member of GW’s Class of 1951, the same class as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and has generously offered support to many areas of the University.

“Evelyn Y. Davis has always been very supportive,” says Alan G. Wasserman, Eugene Meyer Professor, and chair Department of Medicine, and president of the MFA. “Thanks to her generosity, we will be able to advance our clinical care programs and provide service to our patient community.”

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