Julie Bolger Davey grew up in Colorado Springs where she attended Elementary and Junior High School and CSHS, before it became Palmer. She comes from a family of graduates: her parents CSHS Class of 1929, her brother Lynn Bolger Class of 1955 and she in Palmer’s first graduating class 1960.
Spurred on to pursue a career in Journalism by her teacher and Lever Staff Sponsor, Mrs. Mary Louise Miller, a first year teacher at Palmer, Julie has impacted her world and those around her incredible and gifted ways of writing.
After her graduation from Palmer, Julie attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver where she served as the Editor in Chief of the college newspaper. Julie was often in the president’s office explaining why a certain article had been published. To which she always replied, “It’s true, isn’t it?” She received her BA degree in Journalism and English. Her Masters degree in American Studies was granted by California State University in Los Angeles. Her early career included positions with newspapers, radio, and television in California and Texas where she followed her husband, Bob, a USAF Academy graduate and Air Force Pilot.
She was an associate editor of “Engineering and Science” magazine published at the California Institute of Technology. But Mrs. Miller’s enthusiasm was deeply imbedded in Julie’s heart leading her to leave journalism and pursue what was to become a most successful 33 year teaching career. She shared her knowledge and skills at both the high
school and college level. Today she does free lance articles for a number of California newspapers.
Her first published work was a poem in 3rd grade which was printed in the school newspaper. In 1991, Julie authored a political novel “La Caridad” about an international oil conspiracy. This has recently been adapted to a screenplay. Julie is also the author of “Writing for Wellness”: A prescription for Healing. This book encourages people to write their stories following or during illnesses or other type of struggles. Julie developed this program after finding its value as she recovered from cancer. She says, “A doctor can help heal your body, a psychiatrist or a good friend can help heal your spirit, but focused and directed writing about the experience you are going through in the depths of your soul provides unique and sometimes immediate relief.” This book, dedicated to her husband, Bob her inspiration and mentor, includes the stories of real people with real struggles and their means of finding hope and healing in a world fallen apart. It is available on Amazon. Com. Julie donates all of the proceeds from this book’s sales to the City of Hope.
For her work at Fullerton College, where she was noted for her Writing for Wellness class, she was honored with the Staff of Distinction award for excellence in teaching. Her name is on a permanent plaque hanging outside the President’s office. Her passion for her students and her work is evident in a student publication from Fullerton, in which a student writes, “Once in awhile a student is fortunate enough to find an instructor that inspires, encourages and pushes them to succeed.” That’s Julie Davey.
She always told students that Journalism was a risky business and that writing the truth is sometimes dangerous. The truth hurts as the saying goes. Truth can hurt you personally or professionally and when sources of information betray you with denial. But remember, truth can set you free.
She continually impressing students with the importance of integrity and truthfulness in journalistic endeavors. Davey, in her career uncovered scandals involving city officials, one of whom her reporting sent to prison. In northern Mexico, she wrote about the dichotomy between the country’s very rich and very poor. She pointed out, “It’s the truth, isn’t it?” She’s been threatened for telling the truth in some other investigative pieces. However, her payback comes from knowing she has made a difference in the lives of her students and her world, as she helps them discover the need for honesty, patience and dedication in their writings.
Julie’s honors include Professor Emeritus status from Fullerton College, Outstanding Humanitarian Award from the Congress of the State of California, and A County of Los Angeles Commendation.