NROTC member login
NROTC Alumni
NROTC news
NROTC alumni calendar
NROTC photo archives
NROTC alumni association information
Join the UNC NROTC alumni association
Make a tax-deductible contribution to the association
NROTC links


Dawson Library Dedication

[ Dedication Ceremony Events | Dawson Biography | More Dedication Photos ]

A ceremony dedicating the new Dawson Memorial Library was held at the Naval Armory at UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday, October 11, 1997. The library was named in honor of CAPT David Powell Dawson, an officer in the United States Marine Corps and a past midshipman at the University. First commissioned in 1995, the library was completed in September of this year through generous donations from the Dawson family and many former midshipmen and friends.

The Dawson Family
Left to right: Paul, Pat, and Dr. Donald Dawson

In addition to Captain Dawson's personal books, which were donated by his parents, the library contains all of the books on the Navy and Marine Corps Reading Lists. The centerpiece of the library is an oil portrait of Captain Dawson, along with a shadow box containing his midshipman and USMC ribbons, medals, and badges.

Dedication Ceremony Schedule of Events


MIDN 3/C Jamie Jackson


MIDN 2/C Matthew Hawkins
Library Officer

MIDN 1/C Joshua Chadwick
Battalion Commander

LCDR Michael Vogel
Officer in Charge

Mr. Steve Fish
President, NROTC UNC Alumni Association

CAPT Douglas B. Guthe, Jr.
Commanding Officer

Dawson Family


Biography of Captain David Powell Dawson

United States Marine Corps

David Dawson was born at Pontiac, Michigan on 4 December 1964. In 1980 his family moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he graduated from the Concord-Carlisle High School with an academic gold medal in 1982, and was awarded a four-year US Navy ROTC Scholarship. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was in the Freshmen Honors Program, was on the Dean's List every semester, and received the Josephus Daniels Scholarship Award for the senior midshipman with the highest grade point average in academic subjects. In 1986, when he graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps, he received the physics department prize as well as the 2nd Lieutenant Richard S. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Marine Sword for outstanding leadership. He had been elected to Phi Beta Kappa (Phi Eta Sigma) in his junior year. He was Midshipman Battalion Commander of the NROTC Unit at the University as well as President of the Semper Fidelis Society.

From 1986 until 1992 he was assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. His last assignment there was as Platoon Commander, 2nd Force Reconnaisance Company, 2nd S.R.I. Group; his most cherished award was the honorary paddle he received from the Marines in his platoon. After nomination by the US Defense Department and selection by the Olmsted Foundation as an Olmsted Scholar, he was assigned for one year to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, where he was trained intensively in German and received the Commandant's Award. In May 1993 he moved to Konstanz, Germany to live as a civilian, gain insight from the European people and travel extensively during pursuit of his graduate study. As he completed his alpine experience with expert German friends, he eagerly anticipated his return to the regular business of the Marine Corps.

Dave died accidentally on Saturday, May 6, 1995 after reaching the summit of Dufour Spitze of Monte Rosa at Zermatt, Switzerland. In the process of winding up his special assignment as an Olmsted Scholar doing graduate study in international relations at the University of Konstanz, Germany, he was preparing to report to Camp Pendleton in California. He was the son of Donald and Patricia (Powell) Dawson of Rockport, Massachusetts, the brother of Paul Dawson and Andrea Lynn Dawson.

More Library Dedication Photos

Click on the photo to the left to see an enlarged image.
Click on the photo to the left to see an enlarged image.


Copyright © 2016 UNC NROTC Alumni Association. All rights reserved.