T. Wayne Davis, founder of Control-o-fax based in Waterloo, Iowa is a recipient of the 1994 Iowa Business Hall of Fame.
Davis was born on November 23, 1920, in Lime Springs, Iowa and passed away on April 1, 1992, at the age of 71.
After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 1943 with a degree in business, Davis entered the U.S. Navy and was commissioned an ensign. He was assigned to a patrol craft whose mission was to hunt German submarines along the Atlantic coast and was transferred to the South Pacific in time for the monumental island invasions in 1944 and 1945.
In 1949, Davis went to work for J.S. Latta in Cedar Falls, a teaching supply company. In 1959, Davis designed an accounting system for record keeping in doctor's offices. The system, eventually called Control-o-fax, was marketed in Iowa then across the nation.
Davis served on numerous boards during his lifetime and was a great supporter of UNI. He was a member of the board of trustees at UNI and chairman of the UNI Alumni Association and UNI Foundation's centennial foundation national fund-raising drive for the UNI-Dome; past president, Cedar Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Falls Rotary Club; and served on boards of the YMCA, Junior Achievement and Waterloo Savings Bank.
One of the four entrances of the UNI-Dome is named in honor of T. Wayne Davis.
Davis was also honored by being selected for the UNI Alumni Service Award in 1970, UNI Alumni Achievement Award in 1975, Cedar Falls Chamber of Commerce Representative Citizen Award in 1982, and Grand Marshall of the UNI Homecoming Parade in 1991.
Davis was the son of Thomas and Delia Ramaker Davis. Hi father died when he was six, leaving his mother, who was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, with four children to raise.
Davis married Adele Whitenack on August 14, 1946. They have two daughters, Susan Davis, New York City; and Sherry Kleinman of Pacific Palisades, California; and three grandchildren.
Davis retired in July 1986 and enjoyed traveling throughout the world including trips to China, Soviet Union and Australia, and to his homes in St. Croix and Florida. He was active in thoroughbred horse racing for 12 years. Adele continue to take horses to the "winners' circle."