Davie ’08

S.P. Devasahayam attended OWU from 1901-1908. Originally from Travancore, India (far southwestern corner of India on the coast), Davie, as he was affectionately called, was the first “Hindoo” student at OWU.  He received two degrees from OWU, a BA and an MA.  According to a correspondence to the university from his nephew, Davie was the first Indian student to complete a post-graduate degree from an American university at that time.  Davie appears to have been quite the popular student who earned funds for his education in part by performing in cultural programs about Indian culture.  He was a member of the OWU Prep club, the Cadet Band, the Volunteer Band (a service club), the Fortnightly Club, and the YMCA.  He was also an Amphiltyonian.  I do not know what that is.  Upon returning to his native South India, he adopted the name of S.P. Devy and ministered to nineteen congregations throughout the land until his passing in 1942.  According to correspondence received after his death, he apparently led a Gandhi-like existence practicing the values of simplicity and self-sacrifice in service to others.

  1 comment for “Davie ’08

  1. Rimjhim Roy
    March 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    This was such an enlightening read. Its good to know that the association between India-OWU-Gandhi goes way back to 1901, and that this association with LSR is so deep rooted.

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