Robert Means Davis
formal portrait photo of Professor Davis

Davis College was named for Professor R. Means Davis, a professor of History at the University. Edwin L. Green's A History of the University of South Carolina says this of Means:

The death of Professor R. Means Davis, March 13, 1904, was deeply lamented on the campus and throughout the State. His genial nature made him loved by all. He kept his office open at all hours and welcomed every student that came. To many he gave assistance not only in their studies but also in kindly advice, or even in instruction in shorthand or some other branch of practical knowledge...3