|Name||Davis, Thomas Holman, 1921-1999|
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Born July 4, 1921, Thomas H. Davis attended grade school in Fairbury, Nebraska. The Davis family moved to Lincoln, where Thomas graduated from Lincoln High School. He attended the University of Nebraska from 1940-1942. He entered military service on June 29, 1942. Davis served as an Army Air Corps Lieutenant stationed at Eastern Flying Command, Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Alabama. He was a flight instructor and a pilot of single, twin, and four engine planes. He married Bette Rathburn in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 8, 1945.
After the war, Davis worked for Sears Roebuck in Lincoln from 1945-1948. While employed, he was the co-pilot of a Sears plane that carried the company chairman and other officials to Latin America. He then worked for Westinghouse Electrical Supply in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1948-1950, and National Advertising Co. in Waukesha, Wisconsin, from 1950-1951. He left his job when he was recalled to the U.S. Air Force.
Davis served in Korea from 1952-1953. Following the Korean War he moved to Reese Air Force Base in Texas and Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. From 1959-1960 he did Navy exchange duty in Corpus Christi, Texas, and from 1960-1962 served as an advisor to the Brazilian Air Force in Brazil. Lt. Col. Thomas Davis and his wife Bette retired to Florida in 1965. Bette Rathburn Davis died in Pensacola, Florida, on January 20, 1997. Thomas H. Davis died in Pensacola on June 29, 1999.
|Spouse||Rathburn, Bette, Craig, Rachel|
|Deceased where||Pensacola, Florida|
This collection consists of one box and two volumes of manuscript material arranged in two series: 1) scrapbooks, 1926-1946; and 2) Miscellany. This material relates primarily to the dance and dramatic performances of Betty Rathburn and her sister, Lois and to the social life she led at the University of Nebraska in the late 1930's and early 1940's. The Scrapbooks of series one trace Betty Rathburn's performances as a dancer and actress during the late 1920's and early 1930's. Miss Rathburn was a student of Flavia Waters Champe during this period. Material relating to Miss Rathburn's years at the University of Nebraska is also included, particularly items pertaining to social events in
A studio portrait of Lt. Col. Thomas H. Davis in 1968, the year of his retirement from the United States Air Force.