Established in 2012 by grateful alumni and friends, the Richard F. Davis Chair was created to honor Rich Davis, who taught at St. Paul's School for 37 years (1966-2003). Among his many roles, Rich was head of the History Department, head of the Humanities Division, head of house, head of the Chapel wardens, adviser to the John G. Winant Society, club soccer coach, and head coach of both girls and boys varsity crew. Rich was steadfast and compassionate as a teacher, adviser, mentor, faculty leader, and coach. Rich is considered one of America's most successful rowing coaches. In 2000, he was presented with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Rings of Gold Award, in recognition for his outstanding coaching of SPS varsity crew. In all, 30 of Rich's oarsmen and oarswomen went on to row for the U.S. National Team, with 10 becoming Olympians. This chair supports a master teacher in the Humanities Division, honoring Rich’s career at SPS. Christine E. Carter has held this chair since 2015.