American Technion Society Mourns Loss of William Davidson
The American Technion Society (ATS) acknowledges with great sorrow the passing of William Davidson of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. One of the most generous supporters of the ATS, an honorary life member of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology International Board of Governors and a lifetime trustee of the ATS Board of Regents. A Technion Guardian, he also received the ATS Albert Einstein Award - the organization's highest honor - in recognition of his dedication to the ATS, the Technion and Israel.
"Bill Davidson was a man with a quick and amazingly sharp sense of reality," said Boaz Golany, dean of the William Davidson Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management. "His visits and the investments he made in Israel, brought him to realize the need to complement Israel's scientific capabilities and technological know-how with a source of capable managers able to chart Israel's course in the high seas of the global competitive markets."
"Then he decided to choose the Technion as the place where his vision of creating a world-class school of management would be fulfilled," continued Golany. "We shall always be grateful to him for making this decision and for providing us with the means to carry it out."
Mr. Davidson leaves behind multiple legacies - as a noted industrialist, as a visionary philanthropist and as one of the largest private investors in Israeli enterprise. As the successful owner of the National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons, he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Detroit native received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1947 and his JD degree from Wayne State University in 1949.
He joined Guardian Industries in 1955, became CEO in 1957 and led the company from its beginnings as a small, family-owned glass company to its position as one of the largest international companies in residential and commercial glass, automotive and building products.
In addition to his transformational gifts to the Technion, Mr. Davidson made substantial endowments to education, cultural and community programs that included the University of Michigan; the Weitzmann Institute of Science; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; and the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Children's Research Center of Michigan.
Among the myriad awards and honors bestowed upon Mr. Davidson during his lifetime are an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York; an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Michigan; honorary Grand Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne de Chene by the Luxemburg Minister of the Economy.
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