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GSA Deputy Administrator Thurman Davis Retires

Posted April 14, 2003

Thurman Davis came to GSA as an architectural intern in 1963. By 1995, the career he constructed over the years took him to the level of Deputy Administrator of the agency. And now, in 2003, Thurman closes one door and opens another as he retires from GSA to take advantage of that proverbial “life of leisure.”

Thurman has made many friends in Washington, DC, and around the country. Bill Lawson, also an architectural intern who started at GSA in 1963, worked closely with Thurman for many years. “He’s the greatest mentor and best friend you could ever have” is how Bill characterizes Thurman.

Gail Lovelace, GSA’s Chief People Officer, is another person who has worked alongside Thurman. “When I think of Thurm, I think of a friend, a co-worker, a mentor, a kind and gentle man, a good listener, a man with patience, a man with insights, a ‘quiet giant’” Gail said.

A review of the awards bestowed on Thurman over the years reveals the impact he has made in public service. These include:

·         Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive (highest recognition to a career federal executive)

·         Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive (twice a recipient of this award)

·         GSA Distinguished Service Award

·         Federal Executive Institute Director’s Award

·         Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Community Leadership Award

·         Hampton University 2002 Alumni Award

·         National Conference for Black Mayors Pillow Award

·         Bethel AME Church Richard Allen Award (joint recipient with his wife, Loretta)

"Thurman Davis has made outstanding contributions to GSA's success during his 36 years at this agency. GSA associates, customers and industry partners who have worked with Thurman over the years recognize that he is most knowledgeable about all aspects of GSA operations and certainly no one has been more dedicated to this agency's mission, values, and goals. He has been a leader, a mentor, and a true friend. We will miss him very much." commented GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry at one of Thurman’s retirement luncheons. Between his years with GSA and his service with the military, Thurman has been with the government for almost four decades. All that experience plus his easy way of getting business done will be missed. But more opportunities exist for fellow workers to say good-by since Thurman has been asked to visit several of GSA’s regional offices in the weeks to come.

His community, church, and some private organizations will benefit from GSA’s loss as Thurman continues to participate in diverse programs in that leisure time. However, he’s also looking forward to spending more time on his hobbies and just relaxing with his family. 

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