Darlene Davies graduated San Diego State in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication Administration and her Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders in 1965. She’s a published writer in Speech Pathology, San Diego history, and co-producer of educational videos on international topics among others. Read more
With her long standing love of theatre and the arts, and her commitment to improving our community, Darlene served for eight years as a member of San Diego City Advisory Board on Women, two terms on San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, nine years on the City Park & Recreation Board (simultaneously serving on the Balboa Park Committee, four years as Chair), twelve years on the Old Globe Theatre Board, and five years on the Board of YWCA of San Diego County. Darlene Davies achieved a unique trifecta of honors, November 14, 2006 which included “Darlene Davies Day” proclamations by the San Diego City Council, San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the State of California.
Darlene served as Director of the Speech Pathology department at Children’s Hospital and Health Center and was the first supervisor/director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Naval Regional Medical Center in Balboa Park. She is Faculty Emerita at San Diego State University. Five San Diego Mayors appointed her to four boards and one commission. The Board of Supervisors appointed her to the County Commission on the Status of Women, where she served as Chair.
Among her more than sixty awards and honors are: Honorary Chair of the opening of the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe; Salvation Army Woman of Dedication; Mortar Board Honor Society Outstanding Alumna of San Diego County; Millennium Award from Friends of Balboa Park; Darlene Davies Day in both the City and County of San Diego, Resolution of Commendation of Darlene Davies entered into the records of the California State Senate by Senator Christine Kehoe; Monty Award as Outstanding Alumna from SDSU; Junior League of San Diego Charter Day Honoree; JT HONORS from San Diego Junior Theatre; eight First Place and one Best of Show awards from the San Diego Press Club; Honorary Chair of The Old Globe’s Celebrating Couture event; Special Congressional Recognition by the U. S. House of Representatives; and induction in the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. Darlene received the 2017 Distinguished Lifetime Mortar Board Member Award from national Mortar Board in in Columbus, Ohio in 2018, on the occasion of its centennial celebration.
Darlene performed in her first production @ The Old Globe in 1952 and in her last show there in 2011, served on the Globe Board of Directors for 12 years, and was The Old Globe Historian for six years, from 2012-2018. Three published histories authored by Darlene (Panama-California Exposition; The Old Globe 80 Years in the Making; and Everything Old is New Again A history of San Diego Junior Theatre 1948-2008) were placed with other selected ephemera in the 2015 Time Capsule marking the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, to be opened in 2115. The Time Capsule is buried in the Craig Noel Garden in Balboa Park. Ephemera from the Darlene Gould Davies Old Globe Theatre Special Collection at San Diego State University were included in the First Folio exhibit at the San Diego Central Library in 2016. Darlene has served on myriad Boards of Directors and Trustees.
Darlene co-produced (with Martha Longenecker and Paul Marshall) 15 professional videos for Mingei International Museum, covering such diverse topics such as The Beaded Universe, Yurta, European Dowry, Keisuke Serizawa, Dolls Mirrors of Humanity, A Palace for Wednesday, Arrows of the Spirit, Artes de Mexico, Silver and Silk (China), Village India, Mingei of Japan, Origami, The Indonesian Archipelago, Antique Toy Banks, The Life and Legacy of Martha W. Longenecker (six hours).