Catering to the needs of others has put the businessman in fine company — and in touch with what’s missing in his life

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the April 2018 Issue

Notable-LocalAs a young man in New York City, Lewis Drexel Davison’s job put him in contact with the rich and famous, including Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Walters, Nancy Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor. In the two-plus decades he’s owned a successful Rehoboth Beach hair salon, he’s volunteered with numerous local charity events (coiffing Joan Rivers’ locks at one of them), and served on the boards of the Freeman Stage west of Fenwick Island, the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover and Rehoboth Beach Main Street.

Despite all of that, though — despite even the 50th birthday party that friends threw for him last year at The Pierre, a luxury hotel in Manhattan — Davison looks back on a winter evening in 2009, right in Rehoboth Beach, as the best time of his life.

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