Bertram "Birchie" Davidson has been involved in swimming for more than 40 years. Today, he is one of the most active and successful "senior" swimmers in the country. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame. His swimming accomplishments began as a scholastic star when he won the national YMCA 100-yeard backstroke. Before entering F&M, he led the Tome School to the Harvard Interscholastic Swim championships, and set a National Prep School record as a member of the school's 120-yard medley relay. He attended F&M for one year, 1938-39, but he has been no stranger to Fackenthal Pool or to F&M swimming since then.
He is well known to former F&M swimmers, both as an encouraging friend, an official, and as a person "working out" in the pool. In Lancaster, he has been generous in helping to foster the growth of swimming at the YMCA and in encouraging young men to consider college. Even he has lost count of the number of clinics he has organized or participated in. In the recent years, as a master swimmer, he has won more than 32 National YMCA titles, more than 250 Masters Gold Medals, and has been selected to the Masters All American Swim Team in each of the past five years. He lives in Lancaster and is associated with Zimmerman Industry in Ephrata.