Longtime Cedar Rapids philanthropist dies

Henry Davison, a Cedar Rapids philanthropist, has died at the age of 92, officials confirmed Sunday afternoon.

An image of Henry Davison (center) posted to the HD Youth Center's Facebook page, Sunday. (Courtesy: HD Youth Center).

An associate found Davison on the floor of his home, Saturday. He was rushed to a hospital where he died later that evening.

Davison will likely be best remembered for helping at-risk youth in the Cedar Rapids area. He founded The Henry Davison Youth Center in 1997. The goal was to provide academic and social support for children and a safe place to go after school.

The HD Youth Center Director Ishmael N. Tureaud said in an online post, Sunday, the hearts of those working at the nonprofit were heavy following the founder's death.

"Words cannot describe what you have meant to so many people," Tureaud said. "A philanthropist, a humanitarian, a father to many, an inspiration, a legacy in your own."

The center was destroyed in the 2008 flood. Davison, the board, and volunteers worked to rebuild the facility at its current location on Mount Vernon Road SE.

"There are so many stories we have heard of how you helped many children, many parents of children but most of all, many people," Tureaud said in his post. "You helped me overcome depression as a troubled teen and took me under your wing as I was your own."

KCRG-TV9 reports that funeral services have yet to be announced.


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