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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By John D. Oravecz
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Noteworthy: Davis, a Westmoreland County native and founder of the Davis Supermarket chain, was named by the University of Pittsburgh as one of its 2013 Legacy Laureates. The Legacy Laureate program recognizes alumni for personal and career achievements.

Age: 92

Residence: Squirrel Hill

Family: Wife of almost 69 years, Phyllis; four children: James Davis, Carole Davis, Steven Davis and Rachel Leah “Terry” Davis

Occupation: Served as president of the Davis Supermarket chain in Greensburg for nearly 50 years

Background: Davis served on the Pitt-Greensburg advisory board, including as chairman from 1983 to 1985, and is now an emeritus member. He served in the Navy in World War II and fought on Normandy's Utah Beach during the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion.

Education: Graduated from Jeannette High School in 1939 and from Pitt in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts in business

Quote: “In life your attitude will define you. Every day, do a good deed. A good name is your most precious legacy.”

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