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Our During 

^J^J^M Maryville 

// C/ College's 

annual Founder's Day Banquet 
Oct. 12, board members, volun- 
teers and administrators publicly 
announced details of the Col- 
lege's "Our Window of Oppor- 
tunity" campaign, a $78-million 
endeavor that focuses on raising 
money for four initiatives; 

• Construction of the Civic Arts 

Center (CAC), a $42-million 
partnership facility with the 
cities of Maryville and Alcoa; 

• Renovation of Anderson Hall 

($6 million); 

• Growing the College's 

endowment ($20 million); 

• Strengthening the Annual 

Fund ($10 million). 

Banquet attendees cheered 
at the announcement that nearly 
$46 million (or 59 percent) had 
been already raised or pledged. 

Attendees were treated to a 
screening of a new campaign 
video and entertainment by 
international opera singer 
Delores Bowen Ziegler '73; 
Dr. Robert Bonham, classical 
pianist and professor emeritus; 
and student vocalists from the 
ensemble Off Kilter. 

More information on the 
campaign can be found at 


Alumni News & Notes 


Maryville College bestowed an hon- 
orary bachelor's degree on Mary 
Swain Wood '29 during a ceremony 
held June 2 at the Dallas Country 
Club in Dallas, Texas. 

President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, 
Associate Dean Dr. Martha Craig and 
Vice President for Development Jason 
McNeal all spoke at the ceremony, 
which was attended by Wood and 20 of 
her close friends and family members. 

In welcoming guests to the June 2 
ceremony, McNeal explained that hon- 
orary degrees awarded by Maryville 
College's Board of Directors go to 
"exceptional men or women to recog- 
nize and pay respect for outstanding 
service to education, to society' or to 
the wodd community." 

Despite some strong familial ties to Centre College in Kenaick)', Wood chose to enroll 
at Maryville College. (She has MC ties as well, as a descendant of the Willard family for 
whom Willard House is named.) 

Wood attended MC for three years but left before graduating because of financial strains 
brought on by the Great Depression. She became a primary school teacher in Eminence, 
Ky, before beginning a successful 21 -year career as an educational consultant for book 
publishers. From 1937 until 1944, she worked for the American Book Company, and 
from 1948 until 1958, was employed by the Scott-Foresman Publishing Company As an 
educational consultant specializing in reading instruction at Scott-Foresman, Wood was 
very involved in the publication of the company's popular "Dick and Jane" series. 

While working, she continued her education at the Universit\' of Kentucky' and the 
University of Chicago. 

Despite the professional successes she enjoyed. Wood was always bothered by the tact she 
never received her degree from Mary\ille, according to those who know her. But she and 
her husband, the late Colonel Alfred M. Wood, belie\'ed in the transforming power of edu- 
cation and supported their alma maters and other educational instimtions for many years. 

Since Colonel Wood's death in 1997, Mary has continued to support Mar>'\'ille Col- 
lege. She is a charter member of the Society of 1819 and a magna cum laude member of 
the Maryville College Isaac Anderson Society. 

Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, president of Maryville 

College, presents a framed diploma to Mary Swain 

Wood '29, who was awarded an honorary bachelor's 

degree June 2 during a ceremony in Dallas, Texas. 

At left is Dr. Martha Craig, associate dean. 

I § S IS D S 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The College 
received information printed 
below between Feb. 11, 
2006 and Aug. 31,2006. 
Notes received after Aug. 31 
should appear in the winter 
issue of FOCUS. 

'31 MEMORIAMS: Sarah Joe 
Allen Talley Frier, June 13, in 
Maryville. Following graduation 
from the College, she taught 
high school and elementary 
school in Blount County, prima- 
rily teaching fourth and fifth 
grades at Alnwick School. She 
was a life-long Presbyterian and 
certified member of the First 
Families of Tennessee. Survivors 
include husband Maurice, son 
and daughter-in-law, Don '61 
and Louise Lane Talley '62, 
daughter and son-in-law, Ann 
and Parks Hitch, Jr; several 

grandchildren and great-grand- 

E Alice Renegar Porter, Aug 2, 
in Frankfort, Ind, She was a 
retired teacher at Fern Creek 
(Ky.) Elementary School, a mem- 
ber of Mt. Washington United 
Methodist Church and former 
member of Bullitt County Home- 
makers. She is survived by two 
daughters, one son, 16 grand- 
children, 24 great-grandchildren, 
brother Edward Renegar '47 
and niece Elizabeth Welsh '59 
Virginia Rose Carter Tiffany, 
Jan. 24, 2005. Survivors include 
husband Raphael, three daugh- 
ters, Celia Tiffany '66, Virginia 
Tiffany '69, and Jean Tiffany 
Closz '74, and their families. 

'32 MEMORIAM: Laleah Ball 

Logan, July 22, in Arlington 


Another academic year began with good news. 

In August, the College learned that it was ranked in 

two categories in U.S. News & World Report's "Amer- 
ica's Best Colleges" 2007 guidebook. 
Claiming the No. 3 spot for a second 
vear in a row in the "Best Comprehen- 
sive-Bachelor's" category for southern 
colleges and universities, Maryville Col- 
lege can now state that it has been recog- 
nized by the magazine for 10 consecutive 
years and 12 times since 1994. 

For the fifi:h consecutive year, 
Maryville College also was recognized as 

one of die best values among peer institutions. 

And for the fourth consecutive year, the College broke 

previous enrollment numbers. Registering for the fall 

2006 semester were 1,155 students - the largest suident 

body ever in the College's history. 

Last fall, 1,146 undergraduates were enrolled; total 

headcount for the fail 2004 semester was 1,080. 

Heights, III. She earned a bach- 
elor's degree from the Univer- 
sity of Arizona after attending 
Maryville, and went on to teach 
in public schools. 

'33 Eunice Grant Walsh 

recently moved to Gainesville, 
Fla., and has been studying 
Spanish at the University of 
Florida. She writes; "I have 
enjoyed traveling this past win- 
ter to Alaska and the Panama 
Canal Zone." 

'36 MEMORIAM: Edmund 

Opitz, Feb. 13. Upon gradua- 
tion from MC, he moved to the 
west coast to study theology 
and completed studies for the 
ministry at Pacific Unitarian 
School (now Starr King School) 
in Berkeley, Calif, in 1939, After 
his ordination, he served 
churches in Massachusetts and 
also taught on the high school 
and collegiate level. During 
World War II, he served as a 
Red Cross field director in India. 
He became part of the staff of 
the Foundation for Economic 
Education in 1955, where he 
would spend the next 37 years. 
He wrote more than 75 Free- 
man feature articles and was 
also a book review editor His 
first book. Religion and Capital- 
ism: Allies, Not Enemies, was 
published in 1970. In 1994, 20 of 
his articles were published in an 
anthology entitled. Religion: 
Foundation of the Free Society. 
His final book. The Libertarian 
Theology of Freedom, was pub- 
lished in 1999. Survivors include 
two daughters. 

'38 MEMORIAM: James 

Whitt, Aug. 1, in Chapel Hill, 
N.C. He was a career Air Force 
officer, serving tours of duty all 
over the United States and 
abroad. He undertook a second 
career with the Texas Employ- 
ment Commission. He was 
active in church and community 
activities, often volunteering as 
a "greeter" at public events. 
Survivors include wife Dorothy, 
one son, one brother and their 

'40 MEMORIAM: Ruth Mack 

Dennis, Nov 10, 2004, in Bed- 
ford, Ohio. She served as librar- 
ian of Carylwood Elementary 
School in Bedford for 13 years 
and taught piano to numerous 
local young people. Survivors 
include husband John, three 
children and six grandchildren. 

'42 MEMORIAM: Bina Ruth 

Brown, March 13, in Laurel, 
Miss. She lived in Columbia, 
Miss., for 28 years retiring from 
Entex Gas Company in Colum- 
bia. She was a member of the 
Jackson Symphony Orchestra, 
where she played viola, and the 
Worldwide Church of God. Sur- 
vivors include a sister Eleanor, a 
brother Kenneth, and a number 
of nieces and nephews. 

'43 Alice Reid writes she 
would like to hear from old 
Maryville College friends. She 
has recently moved, and her 
new address is: Mansfield Cen- 
ter for Nursing and Rehab, 100 
Warren Circle, Storrs, CT 06268. 
Marion Avakian Slater is in her 
49th year living on the Jersey 

2 I Alunini Nem & Notes fall 2006 


shore and is happily living in the 
Tinton Falls Erickson Retirennent 
Community of Seabrook. 
MEMORIAMS: Margaret 
McKirdy Sherman, Aug. 27, in 
Sackets Harbor, N.Y. Upon 
graduation from MC, she com- 
pleted graduate work at Syra- 
cuse University and went on to 
teach history, English and Latin 
at Ft. Covington, Tully and 
Albion Central School before 

retiring in 1975. She wrote 
poetry and was a published 
author of Pastor to the 
Outports, the story of her 
father's life. A member of Stone 
Presbyterian Church of Water- 
town, her hobbies were music 
and her church work. Survivors 
Include three children, five 
grandchildren and several 
■ Edward C. Vaughn, March 2, 

inChapelHill,N.C. A WWII vet- 
eran, he served in Germany and 
India, then served in the U.S. 
Army Reserve during the Korean 
Conflict. His career encom- 
passed theatre and television 
lighting and design. An active 
member of New Hope Presby- 
terian Church, he sang in the 
church choir. Survivors include 
wife Anna, two daughters, three 
grandsons and one nephew. 

'44 Victoria Hoole Doane 

writes that she and four class- 
mates - Meriam IVIcGaha 
Anderson, IVlarion Schanck 
Houser, Betty Jane Miller and 
Cordelia Dellinger Kidder - 
have met for 62 years to remi- 
nisce about Maryville College. 
The last reunion was in October 
2005 in North Carolina 
MEMORIAM: Mary Walsman 
Van Der Hoven, June 28, in 

Twelve among new-student ranks make MC a family tradition 

LEGACIES, the children 
and grandchildren of 
Mai-)'\'ille College alumni, 
continue to enroll in high 
numbers. This year, 12 fii-st- 
year students chose the alma 
mater of their parents or 
grandparents. They include: 

Lauren Harper, granddaugh- 
ter of Dick '54 and Peggy 
Evans Abbott '54; 

Melissa Andes, daughter of 
Melinda O'Connor 
Andes '79; 

Marshall Flora, 
son of Mary 
Kemp Flora '80 
and grandson of 
W. Abbott 
Kemp '47; 

Michael "Tristen" Garner- 
Maddox, son of Tracee 
Garner '88; 

Kelli leruUi, right, daughter 
of Tony '80 and Carol 
Hurst lerulli '80; 

Hanna Lewis, daughter of 
Connie Wheeler Lewis '82; 



son of 



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'83 and the late Andrew 

Limone '83; 

Sierra Kiernan, daughter of 
Heather Farrar Kiernan '88; 

Nathan Neal, son of Freda 
Swabe Neal '78; 

Leah Scheafiiocker, daughter 
of Bradley Scheafiiocker '72; 

Natalie Silva, 
of Owen '47 
and Lois 
McGarity '48; 

and MoUie 
daughter of 
Teaster '76. 
1 hough not teclinically 
considered legacies, approxi- 
mately 10 more first-year stu- 
dents this fall are tbllo\\'ing 
dieir siblings' path to the Col- 
lege. In addition to being a 
legacy, Kelli lertiUi, whose 
name is listed above, is joining 
sister Katie, a senior at MC. 
Legacies may qualify for 
the Mar)'\'ille College Legacy 
Award, which is worth up to 
$2,500 per academic year. 
For more information on the 
award, visit the financial aid 
pages of the Mar)'\'ille Col- 
lege web site. 

Ahimni News & Notes fall2oo6 I 3 


Williston, Vt. During WWII, she 
worked for the Signal Corps in 
Washington, D.C., decoding 
Japanese communications, and 
at Oak Ridge National Labora- 
tory, working on the Manhattan 
Project. She then went to work 
at Brookhaven National Labora- 
tory in New York, where she was 
in charge of the classified docu- 
ments section. A conservation- 
ist and social activist, she was a 
very active member of St. Mark 
Presbyterian in Bethesda, Md., 
and Williston Federated Church 
in Vermont. She was a longtime 
member and officer of the 
League of Women Voters In 
Maryland. Survivors include two 
daughters, two sons, two broth- 
ers and their families. 

'45 Dorothy Brown DiSte- 
fano writes she is "thrilled to 
have four new great grandchil- 
dren added to the family." One 
is the grandchild of David '71 
and Christine Van Sant Gritz- 
macher '70 IVIartha Jeane 
Shaw Oldman donated a copy 
of her autobiography, Aurora 
Lea: Beautiful Lights on Enter- 
ing an Open Place, to the Col- 
lege. The book Includes stories 
and photographs of her time as 
a medical missionary to Tanza- 
nia with the Africa Inland Mis- 
sion, International. She now 
lives in Pleasant Hill, Tenn. 

4/ Owen and Lois Thomas 
IVlcGarity '48 are enjoying liv- 
ing in a great home at West- 
minster Manor in Austin, Texas, 
near family They write that 
they're "proud to have another 
grandchild" (Natalie Silva '09, 

Fred Morrison '61 has been 

appointed and commissioned a 
"Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill" 
by Gov. Phil Bredesen. His mission is to 
carry best wishes and the message of 
Tennessee's hospitality to all people of 
other states and other lands. He and 
wife Carolyn reside In Raleigh, N.C. 

sister of Kellie Silva-Noah '02) 

at Maryville. 

49 iVlargaret Weaver is living 
in a handicapped-accessible 
home she had built in 2004 fol- 
lowing an amputation of her 
right leg in 2000 and amputa- 
tion of her left toes and part of 
her foot in 2003. She Is still 
active in her church and com- 
munity activities in Martin, Tenn. 
MEMORIAM: Donald Kribbs, 
May 9, in Nashville, Tenn. He 
graduated from Vanderbllt Uni- 
versity School of Divinity after 
MC and served Methodist 
churches in Tennessee and 
Florida. Later In his career, he 
entered the field of addiction 
counseling and management, 
working with regional alco- 
holism councils in Nashville; 
Cleveland, Ohio; Hartford, 
Conn.; and for the state of 
Florida. Survivors include wife 
Harriett; one son; one daughter; 
four grandchildren; five great- 
grandchildren; three brothers. 
Including Kenneth Kribbs '48; 
and one sister Memorials may 
be made to the Maryville Col- 
lege Development Office. 

50 Stuart and Sarah Brown 
McNiell '53 celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary on 
June 2 with a luncheon at Down- 
town Sullivan's restaurant In 

Maryville with members of their 
original wedding party. Later that 
month, they enjoyed a trip to the 
beach with their children and 
grandchildren. Lambert Stewart 
has completed a year and a half 
at Bradenton, Fla., Presbyterian 
Retirement Community as a per- 
manent resident. He writes that 
he appreciates receiving the Col- 
lege's publications. 
MEMORIAM: Charles Parvin, 
July 29, in Tampa, Fla. Upon 
graduation from the College, he 
went to work for Maryville's Daily 
Times newspaper, and in 1956 
he was hired as an editor for the 
Chicago Tribune. He remained 
there for 29 years, serving as the 
night news editor and night 
national/foreign editor, among 
other positions. A devoted fam- 
ily man, he worked two or three 
jobs during a period of time to 
pay medical expenses incurred 
when his wife was diagnosed 
with a terminal muscle and skin 
disease. When she was healed, 
the two spent a year as mission- 
aries in South Korea. He was an 
active member of First Presby- 
terian Church In Bradenton, Fla. 
Survivors include wife Lois 
"Debbie" Deobler Parvin '50; 
two sons, one daughter and six 

51 David and wife Sue Sum- 
mers Grubbs '53 toured Israel, 

Egypt and Jordan in May. David 
writes: "It was truly an in-depth, 
post-graduate learning experi- 
ence." Highlights from their trip 
included the pyramids and the 
Sphinx, Abu Simbol, Petra, and 
the major religious sites In 
Jerusalem, Galilee and sur- 
rounding areas. 
MEMORIAM: Elmer Keller, 
July 1, in Oak Ridge. Following 
graduation from the College, he 
did graduate work in chemistry 
and management at University 
of Tennessee. In 1956, he joined 
the AEC, a predecessor agency 
of the Department of Energy, 
where he rose to division direc- 
tor involved in plant operations, 
research and development and 
operations analysis. Over 30 
years, his work took him to 
plants In Ohio, New York and 
Oklahoma. He also managed a 
nationwide program to recover 
uranium from manufacturing 
scrap. Survivors include wife 
Betty; three daughters and their 
husbands, including Nancy 
Keller Feist '76 and Rich Feist 
'74, two stepchildren; seven 
grandchildren; two step-grand- 
children; six great-grandchildren; 
three brothers; and two sisters. 

'52 In May Marsha Beebe 
Green wrote that she and hus- 
band Gordon planned to move 
in June Into a Portland, Ore., 
retirement community with 
"many stimulating activities to 
keep us busy." 

MARRIAGE: Jim Callaway to 
Van Harwell, June 3. 
MEMORIAM: Shirley Schue 
Pettit, Jan. 21, in San Clemente, 
Calif. A native Hoosier, her 35- 

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year career as a teacher began in 
South Bend, Ind. She also taught 
in schools in Utah and California, 
where she moved in 1956. She 
earned a master's degree in 
education in 1978 from the Uni- 
versity of Redlands. Survivors 
include husband Richard, one 
son, sister Sarajune Schue 
Owen '67 and their families. 

'53 Florence Clark Raynal is 

living in Harrisonburg, Va., and 
has two grandsons, ages 3 and 1 . 
MEMORIAM: F. Conrad Eaddy, 

April 19, in Winter Haven, Fla, A 
gifted vocalist and minister of 
music, he served churches in 
Maryville; Charleston, W.Va.; 
Kissimmee, Fla.; St. Petersburg, 
Fla.; and Winter Haven. He was 
also an active member of the 
symphonies and orchestras in 
the cities he resided, serving as 
director of the Charleston Civic 
Chorus from 1967 until 1972. Sur- 
vivors include wife Ruth Ann; one 
daughter; one son; six grand- 
children; one great-grandchild; 
and brother John Eaddy '62 

'54 MEMORIAM: Kenneth E. 

Shepard, May 7, in Maryville. 
After graduating from MC, he 
worked as assistant football 
coach at MC while working on a 
master's degree from University 
of Tennessee-Knoxville. He held 
numerous positions as teacher, 
coach, athletic director and 
principal in several schools, 
including Maryville High School, 
Valley Point High School (Dal- 
ton, Ga.) and Lanier High 
School. He completed his 
career with the Blount County 
school system as supervisor in 

1990. In 2002, MC honored him 
with induction into the Maryville 
College Athletic Wall of Fame. 
Survivors include wife Jan, three 
sons, one daughter, one 
brother, one sister, and several 
nieces and nephews. 

'55 Mary Ann Thompson 

wrote that her mother, Irene 
Cates Thompson, passed away 
Nov. 29, 2005, in Arvada, Colo. 
She served as the weekend sec- 
retary for New Providence Pres- 
byterian Church for several 
years, aided by Ms. Jane Mook, 
another longtime resident of 

MEMORIAM: Robert Sangster, 
Jan. 27, in Annapolis, Md. He 
was a retired naval officer. Sur- 
vivors include wife Dixie Con- 
ner Sangster '55 and two 

'56 Marcia Williams Kling 

was recognized in May with the 
2006 Mary Lou Wojcik Memorial 
Angel of Giving Award. Given 
by the Partnership for Families, 
Children and Adults at its 
annual fundraiser. Market Bas- 
ket, the award is given to those 
individuals who have "given 
time and energy to make a dif- 
ference in the lives of people in 
the Tennessee Valley." 

'58 Bill Wallace and wife Alice 
Ann celebrated their 50th wed- 
ding anniversary June 1 1 with a 
reception in the ballroom at 
Maryville's Regal Towers, where 
they live. 

'60 In December 2005, Ralph 
Ayers and wife Donna opened 

a second art gallery "The Light beginning his second year as 

House Art Space" in Port Isabel, chair of El Paseo Arts Founda- 

Texas, and are now renting exhibit tion for the Laguna Madre area 

space to local artists. Ralph is of the Rio Grande Valley 


lRGARET T. SHERER, professor of 
m at MarAaiUe College from 1966 
f83, passed away Aug. IS in 
ie. She was 88. 

ive of Oklahoma, she graduated fi-om 
na ASdSii with a bachelor's degree in 
tation in 1945. Following a move to 
jauglit elementary school art at Fort Craig, 
School and Sam Houston Elementar)r. She 
1 master's degree in 1953 from the University' of 
Tennessee and a doctorate in 1967, also from UT. As 
chair of the department for several years, she organized 
classes for community children at the College and in a 
"School of Wheels" project. 

Active in Delta Kappa Gamma, she held local-, state- and 
national-level offices in the honoran' teacher's societv' and 
received the state's "Achievement Award." She was a long- 
time member of New Providence Presbjterian Church. 

Sm'X'ivors include daughter Gaye Guinter, two gi-and- 
sons and one sister and one cousin. 

TOM CRONAN, head of the College's physical edu- 
cation department from 1984 until 1986, died Aug. 18. 
He was 64. 

A 1965 graduate of Louisiana State University', he 
earned a master's degree from Northwestern State Col- 
lege of Lomsiana in 1968 and a doctorate in exercise 
physiolog\' from tlie University' of Tennessee in 1972. 

Before joining die fticult)' at Mar)%'ille, he taught at the 
Citadel in Charleston, S.C, and at UT. In 2004, he retired 
from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson Cit\', Tenn. 

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 20 days after liis 
retirement, he continued to be an avid atUete and out- 
doorsman. In Apiil, he rode across the country on a 
motorcycle to raise awareness about cancer and the sup- 
port networks for its victims and survi\'ors. 

Survivors include wife Joan and two daughters. 

Alumni News &" Notes fall 2006 




tory insti-uctor at the College and former president of the 
executive board of the Mar)'\'ille College Alumni Associa- 
tion, died Sept. 2 in Knox"\'ille. She was 54. Her life was a 
remarkable journey. 

Following graduation from MC, she studied at North- 
\\'estern Universit}' and the Uni\-ersit\' of Tennessee- 
Knox\'ille, where she earned a master's degree in art 
education in 1980. She served for 17 years as the curator 
of education at the Knoxville iVIuseum of 
Art. After leaving her position in 1997, 
she continued to serve on the museum's 
board of trustees. 

Acti\'e in dvic and community' groups 

and at First Presbyterian Church in 

|B ^^^^ Knoxville, she served on numerous 
Hi boards and advisory councils, including 

the Communitv Schcjol for the Ai'ts, the Knoxville Junior 
League and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Honors 
include the YWCA Tribute to Women in the Arts, a Pres- 
idential Citation from the American Institute of Archi- 
tects/Tennessee Society and the Arts iit Education 
Award from the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville. 

Sarah brouglit a smile to every event and a special bright- 
ness to all the people with \\'hom she worked. Abo\'e all, 
she was dedicated to her tamily, who lo\ed her as dearly 
as she loved them. 

Survivors include husband Wayne Russell Kramer '74, 
(for whom Sai'ah was die joy and lo\'e of his life) grandson 
of longtime MC president Ralph W. Lloyd '15, and sons 
Russell Reitan Ki'amer and John Reed I<j-amer; parents 
Halbert and Marjorie Hardrath; sister Sue Hardrath '73 
and brodier-in-law Sam Troutman; brother-in-law Lloyd 
Kramer '71 and sisters-in-law Gwynne Pomeroy and Alice 
Hood. Knoxville-arca survix'ors include Sara Heliums 
Kramer '40, Roy '51 and Sara Jo Emert Kramer '51, 
Jackson and Elizabeth Ki'amer, Steven ancJ Tina Kramer, 
Sara Gray Ki'amer and their families, as well as many 
other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. 

Memorial gifts may be given to the Sarah Jane 
Hardrath Kramer Fund at Maryville College. 

'61 Dyrk and Carolyn Hill 
Couser '63 write their oldest son 
Ryan is doing well at the Naval 
Academy after serving time in 
Iraq. His brother, Nick, also a 
Marine, has applied to the Acad- 
emy also. They were excited to 
welcome their 15th grandchild, 
Kendell Alexandra Couser, into 
the world on April 1 1 . Eugenia 
Durham is still serving two Epis- 
copal congregations in south- 
east Arizona, She received a 
doctorate of ministry degree in 
congregational development in 
June from Seabury Western The- 
ological Seminary in Evanston, III. 

'62 Virginia Pratt CasI lives in 
Sacramento, Caiif., and is hop- 
ing to retire this year or early 
next year. She writes that she is 
interested in her class' 45th 
reunion. Clyde Flanagan writes 
that he has a new grandson, 
Conor Ross, born Nov. 1 1 , 2005. 
In May, it was announced 
that Roger Nooe had been 
appointed to implement a joint 
Knoxville-Knox County (Tenn.) 
plan to end chronic homeless- 
ness. He is a professor and for- 
mer associate dean of the 
University of Tennessee's Col- 
lege of Social Work and has 
conducted numerous studies 
on the number of homeless 
people in Knoxville as well as 
the underlying causes. 
MEMORIAM: John Mitchell, 
Aug. 19, in Minneapolis, Minn. 
Upon graduating from MC, he 
went on to earn his master's 
degree in English from the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee and also 
joined the Peace Corps, serving 
in Liberia. Passionate about 

poetry writing and film, he 
began as an English professor 
in 1968 at Augsburg College in 
Minneapolis, Minn., and later 
took a two-year sabbatical to 
study film at San Francisco 
State University He returned to 
Augsburg and continued to be 
an English professor until his 
death. In 1995, he helped open 
the Oak Street Cinema, a Min- 
neapolis theater that showed 
classic films. Survivors include 
wife Jean, one daughter, one 
son and one sister. 

'63 Ann Kuykendall Gillespie 

writes that she is enjoying 
retirement and her new home in 
the mountains of North Geor- 
gia. J. Fred Kren and wife 
Sandy visited the College in 
May to hear his "best man," 
Robert Mahley, give the com- 
mencement address. The cou- 
ple also enjoyed a mini reunion 
with Fred's classmate, G. Scott 
Bucher, and Fred's brother and 
wife James '52 and Patricia 
Love Kren '51 

'64 MEMORIAM: Charles R. 

Thomas, Aug. 4, in Maryville. He 
was a lifelong farmer, an avid 
golfer and had retired from 
Rohm & Haas Company of 
Knoxville with 35 years of sen/- 
ice. A stand-out college athlete 
and captain of the 1963-1964 
football team, he was inducted 
into the MC Wall of Fame and 
later served on the Wall's selec- 
tion committee. Survivors 
include wife Brenda; one son, 
one daughter, and their 
spouses; five grandchildren; and 
sister Carolyn Thomas Bair '60 

6 I Aliiiinii News cr Notes fall 2006 


Coppin '68 

(second from left) 
was recently treated 
to a surprise birth- 
day party in Chicago 
when former classmates (1 r) Denise Meruy Rose 

'68, Susan Rowley '68 and Kathy Bishop 

Burrow '68 all met there. It was the first time that all 
four college friends had been together since 1966! 

'66 For their 40th wedding 
anniversary, Eric and Sue Halde- 
man Bergman were treated to a 
trip to Rome by their children 
and Sue's mom. Sue retired from 
her position as executive direc- 
tor of South Bethlehem (Pa.) 
Neyhborhood Center on June 
30. The Bergmans are enjoying 
time with their five children and 
20 grandchildren. Stanford 
Long has just accepted a posi- 
tion with Warwick Mills Corpora- 
tion, marketing safety gloves in 
North America. Wife Sally is 
recovering from successful colon 
cancer surgery. They have eight 
grandchildren and live in New 

67 Fred and Francine 
Resnick Abramoff have been in 
private business for 26 years. He 
joined the Miami-Dade Police 
Department over five years ago 
as administrator in capital 
inventory and quartermaster. 
She is presently a comptroller at 
an architectural firm in Coral 
Cables, Fla. They have one 
grandchild. David Berry retired 
as principal from Maryville's 
Foothills Elementary School in 
May The students and faculty 

feted him with gifts, including a 
television and framed Terry 
Chandler print. Music students 
performed an original song, 
"Dr. Berry Is Our Principal," at 
the celebration. 

68 Vicl<i IVIadsen Lang is liv- 
ing in Denmark and writes that 
she is interested in getting in 
touch with Sally Bradshaw, 
Sandi Combs, and all other 
friends from her class. Linda 
Giesselmann Driver-Machen is 
an editor for the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Energy in Oak Ridge. 
She and her husband now live in 
Maryville. Randall Smith was 
voted into the International 
Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mem- 
bership is limited to 500, and he 
is only one of two members in 
his state of Maine, reports 
proud father E.B. Smith '40. 

69 K. Ann Bridges still works 
for the U.S. Postal Service as a 
bulk mail technician, and hus- 
band William works for Blount 
County maintenance. They both 
look forward to retirement and 
travel. Brian Childs spent two 
weeks with the Red Cross in 
Gulfport and Pass Christian, 

Miss., serving as a mental health 
worker following the devasta- 
tion of Hurricane Katrina. 
MARRIAGE: K. Ann Bridges to 

William Walker, October 2005. 

'70 Barbara Fritz Baker is liv- 
ing in Sinclairville, N.Y., and has 
established a digital conversion 
business. Baker Productions, 
LLC Emmy Marian Ezzell was 
named assistant director for 
production at the University of 
Oklahoma Press in December. 
This closes a circle that began 
with her first publishing job at 
the same press in 1976, took 
her to the University of New 
Mexico Press for 19 years, and 
then to Indiana University Press 
for the past six years. Jennifer 
Blair Wetter is a teacher at 
Mother of Good Counsel 
School in Louisville, Ky. 

'71 In January, R. Dana Paul 
was named dean of admissions 
and financial aid at Berry Col- 
lege in Georgia. For the last 
eight years, he served as vice 
president for enrollment and 
dean of admissions at Presbyter- 
ian College in South Carolina. 

'72 Caroline Munn Best was 

one of six persons from five 
churches in East Tennessee 
Presbytery who participated in 
Steps Toward Peace, an educa- 
tional event in Israel and Pales- 
tine from April 5 until May 25. 
The program convened 97 peo- 
ple from 31 presbyteries to 
embark on an important faith 
journey together to Bethlehem. 
Richard Boyle is living in Albu- 
querque, N.M., and working as 

a medical inspector for the U.S. 
Air Force. 

'73 Kent Smith is currently 
the lead Java architect for the 
National Ground Command 
Intelligence Center in Char- 
lottesville, Va. Additionally he 
owns Augusta Gunworks and 
operates a working blacksmith 
forge in central Virginia. 
Delores Bowen Ziegler 
recently received a promotion 
to full professor of voice at the 
University of Maryland. 

'74 Terry Holley, the East Ten- 
nessee Foundation's senior vice 
president for programs and 
regional development, was one 
of 10 recognized at an Honoring 
TEN Tribute Dinner in Atlanta, 
hosted by the Southern Rural 
Development Initiative in May. 
Honorees were selected for their 
"notable service and significant 
contribution to rural communi- 
ties." Leanne Moore received a 
master's degree in management 
in June. She lives in Alexandria, 
Va., and is a management ana- 
lyst for Defense Threat Reduc- 
tion Agency Thomas Radice 
reports that his consulting firm, 
Guttman Development Strate- 
gies, is successful and growing, 
internationally. He and his wife 
are having renovations done on 
their 1895 New Jersey home. 
Two years ago, he completed a 
CD of poetry accompanied by 
cello and other instruments. 

'75 Stephen Ayers has four 
films getting ready for release, 
including projects with Kevin 
Costner, Demi Moore, Malcolm 

Alumni News &■ Notes fall 2006 

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McDowell and Haley Joel 
Osment. From July 27 through 
most of August, he starred live 
at the Cumberland County 
(Tenn.) Playhouse in director 
Abigail Crabtree's stage produc- 
tion of the stirring drama, One 
Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 
Barbara Strong Ellis is now the 
director of library services at the 
Hershey Public Library in Her- 
shey. Pa. She and husband 
Gene, who were married at MC 
in 1974, continue acting and 
directing in community theatres 
in Lancaster County, Pa. In June, 
Steven Yuhasz directed a con- 
cert reading of a new musical 
revue that he conceived called 

"Lover, Liar, Lady... the women 
of Kander and Ebb" at the 
Stamford Center for the Arts in 
Stamford, Conn. He began with 
a cannon of 85 songs with music 
and lyrics by John Kander and 
Fred Ebb and selected 32 songs 
representing the complicated 
characters who inhabited their 
Broadway shows. The show was 
performed at the Provincetown 
Theatre in Massachusetts Aug. 
22 through Sept, 3, 
BIRTH: Charles Alsmeyer and 
wife Sharon, a son, Dylan Ben- 
nett, Dec. 30, 2005. 

76 Susan Coram Hind still 
owns and operates the Rich- 

mont Inn in Townsend, Tenn., 
and just celebrated 1 5 years 
there. She has finished champi- 
onship on five West Highland 
White Terriers, "true to the Scot- 
tish tradition," and plans to 
have a sixth champion soon 
from the latest litter of five pups. 

7 7 E. Keith Goodwin is now 

an assistant principal in 
Oglethorpe County (Ga.) Mid- 
dle School, while wife Lisa 
Mongoven Goodwin '79 is an 

India adoption coordinator for 
"HOPE for Children" In Atlanta. 
They have two sons enrolled at 
the University of Georgia, a 
third son who's in seventh 

grade, and one daughter, who's 
in third grade. 

78 Betty Carol Zinavage has 

been principal keyboardist with 
the Knoxville Symphony Orches- 
tra for 21 years. She has worked 
with Henry Mancini, Marvin 
Hamlisch, Doc Severinsen, the 
Moody Blues and last year, was 
onstage with Martin Short. She 
also teaches piano at the Com- 
munity School for the Arts, an 
after-school arts program aimed 
for lower-income kids, where 
she founded the "Keys for Kids" 
program, which seeks out good 
quality, used upright pianos and 
delivers them to students' 

Lloyd-Sidle '74 selected to edit book celebrating women's ordination 

IN THE PREFACE of Cdcbmtms Our 
Call: Oi'dination Stories of Prcsb)tcrinu 
Women (Gene\a Press 2006), Patricia 
Lloyd-SidJe '74 shares a memory of her 
own ordination at Mar\'\'ille's New Pro\i- 
dence Church in 1980 - and of seeing her 
grandfather, alumnus and longtime MC 
president, Ralph W. 


, crying 


"W^iat depth of gratitude and sorrow 
did those tears at my ordination service 
reflect?" wTote Lloyd-Sidle, who served as 
volume editor for the publication. "He 
was proud of course. Was he also remem- 
bering the many women he had accom- 
panied as they stiaiggled to serve God in 
a church that blocked or belittled them? 
"Certainly he knew how \'ery fortu- 
nate 1 was to ha\'e a fimily of strong 
women and lox'ing men, to ha\'e wise 
mentors and multiple role models ot 
women leaders, and to be educated in 
institutions that encourage women in 
leadership," she continued. 

Lloyd-Sidle was recruited to ser\'e 
as \'olume editor of Celebi-ntiiijj 
Our Call after it was suggested 
that the Presbyterian Publishing 
Corporation (PPC) publish a 
book commemorating, in 2005- 
2006, the three-fold anniversary 
celebration of women's ordination: 
100 vears as deacons, 75 veai's as elders 

and 50 years as Ministers of the Word 
and Sacrament. 

The co-editor of Teaebuijf Mission in a 
Global Context (Westminster John Knox 
Press 2001 ), Lloyd-Sidle, a mission 
coworker in the PC(USA)'s World\\ide 
Ministries Dix'ision, \\'as already well- 
known in PPC circles and had also con- 
tributed se\eral articles to Horizons, the 
magazine for Presbnerian women. 

"PPC Acquisitions Editor Da\id 
Maxwell and 1 . . . started out thinking 
about essays that would be more theo- 
logical in the academic sense," she 
explained. "But when the encrg)' really 
started bubbling with the idea of women 
telling their stories, we knew that was the 
right approach." 

They sought out autobiographical sto- 
ries that would "illustrate the changing 
attitudes about women in leadership, the 
obstacles foced h\ women but also the 
many wonderfttl mentors, friends and 
supporters along the way," Llo\'d-Sidle 

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lii i i£i n i 

homes. She and partner Emily 
Schoen live in an arts and crafts 
bungalow in Knoxville. They 
have three cats and one dog 
and enjoy traveling and camp- 
ing in their popup camper. 

'80 Peter Gardzina, a lieu- 
tenant colonel in the United 
States Air Force, was deployed to 
northern Iraq from April to Sep- 
tember 2005 and was awarded 
the Bronze Star for action. 

'81 Catherine Carter-Stiles 

and husband John found their 
dream mini-farm of six acres: in 
Kingston Springs, Tenn., outside 
of Nashville. Catherine writes 

that she is the business man- 
ager of her family's golf course, 
is doing freelance stained glass 
work and Border collie rescue 
work and "supporting husband 
John in his attempt to learn 
how to live with Parkinson's dis- 

82 Tim Fitzgerald and family 
are living in Gumming, Ga., 
They are in their third year run- 
ning their own public relations 
business, Fitzgerald PR. 

83 Susan Spence Hill was 

recently named the athletic 
director at the Florida School for 
the Deaf and Blind in St. Augus- 

tine, where she has been work- 
ing since 1995 Bryan McFarland 
wrote and performed his song, 
"Lyrical Freedom Riders," in 
Birmingham in June at a campus 
ministry for the Presbyterian 
Ghurch (USA), The song can be 
heard at www.folkalleycom. In 
May, Mike Wortman, a science 
teacher at Maryville Middle 
School, was selected as one of 
16 educators from across the 
U.S. for teacher development in 
July at the Keystone Center's Key 
Issues Institute in Golorado. He 
was nominated for the program 
by ALCOA, Inc.'s Tennessee 
Operations and received a 
$3,000 grant. 

85 Kevin O'Reilly is the clini- 
cal educator/nursing supervisor 
at Peninsula Psychiatric Hospital 
in Louisville, Tenn., and was 
recently awarded the American 
Psychiatric Nurses Association's 
"Nurse of the Year" award for 
the state of Tennessee. After 
working as a visiting faculty 
member for a year. Mack 
Paschall has accepted a contin- 
uing contract with Florida Gulf 
Coast University as an assistant 
professor of assessment and 
research method classes in both 
the undergraduate and gradu- 
ate programs in the university's 
College of Education. Melissa 
Walker recently co-edited a 

said. Church leaders who were invited to 
share their stories were elders as well as 
ministers of various ages, races and eth- 
nicities and were serving the church in 
various parts of the country and world. 

As editor, Lloyd-Sidle said she com- 
municated with the authors and ser\'ed as 
a "sounding board" as they shaped their 
stories. Once completed, she edited each 
chapter for length, clarit}', consistency, 
accuracy and flow. 

Cekbratinjf Our Call has been calleci 
"liistorically significant" and "hard-to- 
put-down" in reviews. For Lloyd-Sidle, 
the project was insightfLd. "Women are 
creative and gutsy," she said, reflecting 
on what she learned. "They have always 
found ways to serve God and their com- 
munities in spite of the limitations placed 
on them." 

The paperback book, which retails for 
$19.95, can be purchased through the 
Presbjterian Publishing Corporation or 


In 1955, the General Assembly of the PC(USA) voted to approve the ordina- 
tion of women to the office of Word and Sacrament. It was approved by the 
presbyteries and, in 1956, the first woman was ordained in the tradition that 
is now the PC(USA). This year, the church celebrates the 50th anniversary of 
women ordained as Ministers of Word and Sacrament. 

Below is a listing of Maryville College alumnae who have been, according to 
our records, ordained as Ministers of Word and Sacrament. This listing may 
be incomplete. If you are an alumna and minister in the Presbyterian Church 
(USA) but do not see your name listed below, please contact Rebecca Davis 
in the Office of Church Relations at 865.98L8209 or rebecca.davis@maryvil- 

Anna Baker '63 

Linda Messer Burger '60 

Betty Goshorn Dax '73 

Ellen Dozier '62 

Susan Guyer-Blrch '78 

Elizabeth Brown Hale '59 

Deborah Kirk '78 

Elizabeth Knott '57 

Genie Varker Martin '79 

Susan Sterling Montgomery '74 

Donna Laubach Moros '61 

Margaret Wilkinson Muir '57 

Barbara Coates Rooker '59 

Patricia Lloyd-Sidle '74 

Janet Schmitt Snow '71 

E. Gayle Walker '68 

Rachel Winter '95 

Judith Martin Wrought '65 

Sharon Youngs '79 

Alumni Nnvs & Notes fall2006 I 9 

I S g 10 s 

book published by the Univer- 
sity of Missouri Press entitled 
Work, Family, and Faith: Rural 
Southern Women in the Twenti- 
eth Century. A collection of 
essays covering the full scope 
of southern rural w/omen's lives, 
"the book will be of particular 
value to anyone interested in 
sociology, women's studies or 
southern history," a release 
from the Missouri Press read. 

'86 In May, Amy Ralston 

Vagnier was named principal of 
Foothills Elementary School in 
Maryville. She had been the 
school's assistant principal. 

'87 MARRIAGE: Lori Suggs to 

James Martin, Nov. 26, 2005. 

88 Eric Bollman transitioned 
to John Wieland Homes & 
Neighborhoods in late spring 
and is enjoying "building 
homes with a great company." 
His wife Ginger continues to 
grow her stained glass business, 
"A Touch of Glass." They live in 
Rolesville, N.C. Lisa Harvey 
Burkett is now unit chief of 
training and oversight in the 
FBI's Directorate of Intelligence. 
Craig Hurst, a music instructor 
at Mary Blount Elementary 
School, was selected to attend 
the 2006 Tennessee Arts Acad- 
emy in July on the Belmont Uni- 
versity campus in Nashville. 

'90 Neal Atchley joined Blount 
Memorial Hospital's active med- 
ical staff and is practicing with 
the East Tennessee Medical 
Group in Alcoa. Previously, he 
worked as a missionary physician 

with the International Mission 
Board of the Southern Baptist 
Convention, sen/ing in the 
Republic of Niger, West Africa. 

'91 Scott Snyder was recently 
recognized as the "NSCAA 
2006 Coach of the Year" for the 
state of Georgia. He led the 
Westminster Schools soccer 
program to the 2005-2006 AAA 
State Championship in Georgia. 
BIRTH: Kathleen Anderson 
Dudinsky and husband Michael, 
a daughter, Kayla Nicole, May 5. 

'92 Kipp Martines has 

accepted a position as the 
director of human resources at 
Elm Creek Nursing Home in 
West Carrollton, Ohio. Kelly 
Smelser graduated magna cum 
laude from East Tennessee 
State University and with a 4.0 
GPA from Chattanooga State 
with a degree in radiation ther- 
apy. She is employed as a radia- 
tion therapist at Emory's 
Winship Cancer Institute in 
Atlanta, Ga. After his fourth sea- 
son at Notre Dame High 
School, Charles Wiggins, head 
coach of the Notre Dame High 
School (Chattanooga) football 
team, was named the Stump on 
Sports "Pete Potter Coach of 
the Year," the Region 3-3A 
Coach of the Year and the Chat- 
tanooga Times Free Press 
"Coach of the Year (for the sec- 
ond year in a row). He writes 
that his greatest honor from 
2005, however, was being 
named "The Heart of Notre 
Dame." The award recognizes a 
Notre Dame employee who 
most represents the values 

embraced by Notre Dame, a 
person who exhibits leadership, 
excellence, service and rever- 
ence within the Notre Dame 

'93 Laura Stephens Shockley 

and her family have moved to 
Knoxville. In August 2005, 
Michelle Snyder-Williams was 
named director of education 
and volunteer services at the 
Norfolk (Va.) Society for the Pre- 
vention of Cruelty to Animals. 
BIRTHS: Melissa Suder Arp 
and husband John, a son, 
Matthew, April 22, 2005 Eliza- 
beth Steverson Mattingly and 
husband Charles, a daughter, 
Brittain Elizabeth, June 15. 
Laura Stephens Shockley and 
husband Brian, a daughter, 
Ainsley Danielle, Dec. 14, 2005. 
MEMORIAM: Charles Bedoian, 
Aug. 24, in Marysville, Ohio. 
Survivors include wife Toko. 

'94 April Millsaps Gonzalez 

was recently named the associ- 
ate director of employer con- 
nection programs with the 
career center at the University 
of North Carolina-Charlotte. 
Jeff Rosa was one of three Col- 
lier County (Fla.) High School 
coaches honored with the 2006 
State Farm Good Neighbor 
Coaches Sportsmanship Award. 
The honor came with a $1,000 
stipend. He coaches volleyball 
and baseball at the school. Lori 
Schirmer is an assistant profes- 
sor in the pharmacy practice 
department at the College of 
Pharmacy at Drake University in 
Des Moines, Iowa. She also has 
a clinical practice in surgery/ 

trauma at Iowa Methodist Med- 
ical Center. 

'95 BIRTH: John Nichols and 

wife Audrey a daughter, Han- 
nah Grace, Feb. 7. 

'96 Terri Dean is a training 
specialist at Compass Bank in 
Hartselle, Ala. Kelli Jackson 
Graham and her family recently 
relocated to Augusta, Ga., from 
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She 
accepted a position as Baby 
Signs program coordinator. In 
July, she was interviewed by 
CNN's Paula Zahn about the 
research and benefits of signing 
with infants. 

'97Thad and Monica Black- 
burn Alsup have recently 
moved to Baton Rouge, La., 
where Thad has been named 
operations manager for the 
Louisiana regional office of 
Safety and Ecology Corpora- 
tion, He received his profes- 
sional engineering certificate in 
July 2005. Monica owns her own 
Premier Designs Jewelry busi- 
ness and is able to stay at home 
with their two children during 
the day. Dee Bell resigned as 
MC women's basketball coach 
in July to accept a position at 
NAIA Reinhardt College in 
Georgia, He amassed a 107-37 
overall record and an impres- 
sive 59-3 conference mark over 
his five seasons as coach at MC. 
Kathryn McDonald Devine was 
recently hired as a genealogy 
and local history reference 
librarian with the Washington 
State Library in Olympia, Wash. 
Kyle Duke recently moved to 

10 1 Alumni News ZS' Notes fall 2006 


Nashville and has taken a new 
job as an accountant with 
Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC. 
Tiffany Rudicil Greer and hus- 
band Thomas taught for three 
years in Kuwait and have moved 
to Jordan to teach for two 
years. Chee Hill is an analyst 
with the Michael Baker Corpo- 
ration, an Atlanta-based engi- 
neering firm dedicated to 
modernization of FEMA's flood- 
plain maps and protection. She 
has one dog, one cat and has 
gone back to school for a 
degree in civil engineering. 
BIRTHS: Thad and Monica 
Blackburn Alsup, a daughter, 
Natalie Elizabeth, June 1 , 2005. 
Joey Cody and husband Zak 
Weisfeld, a daughter, Beatrice 
Louise, Oct. 9, 2005. Kyle Duke 
and wife Allison, a son, Nicholas 
Burgess, May 23. Sarah Steven- 
son Hatfield and husband 
Scott, a son, Elias Anderson, 
Feb. 2. Jason Lay and wife 
Katie Brehmer Lay '99, a son, 
Joshua Miller, Jan. 18. Jason 
Thompson and wife Alisha, a 
son, Samuel Baine, March 10. 

98 Andrew Ballou completed 
a master's degree in American 
history at the University of Col- 
orado and recently enrolled in a 
Ph.D. program in American his- 
tory at Boston University. Dara 
Di Giacomo Case was named a 
candidate for the National 
Board of Professional Teaching 
Standards by Prince George's 
County (Md.). The year-long 
process involves self-examina- 
tion and critique of her teaching 
style and effectiveness. She was 
also named choir director at 

SCOTTY HERRELL '01, a teacher and 
coach at Clinton (Tenn.) Middle School, 
was pleasandy surprised during a school 
assembly Sept. 7, when he learned that he 
was the grand-prize winner of ING's 
Unsung Heroes awards program. 

The award, for which more than 1,100 
educators across die 
country applied, car- 
ried with it a 
$25,000 check. One 
oflOO initial $2,000 
award winners, Her- 
reU's total $27,000 
prize money will 
fiand his 2 -year-old 
"Extreme Makeover: 
Middle School Edu- 
cation" service pro- 

According to a 
press release issued 
by ING, Herrell's 
program will teach 
students how to use 
engineering princi- 
ples for civic pur- 
poses in their 
community and 

"The project will 
help improve the 
homes of those 
touched by tragedy 
through the applica- 
tion of carpentry, 

landscaping and design skills by his stu- 
dents," the release reads. "Participating 
students will complete projects after school, 
on weekends and on breaks. Students will 
also aid in the selection of makeover appli- 
cants, showing their involvement through- 
out the entire process. Key learning skills 
will be addressed over the course of the 
program as students apply math, science, 
and pre-engineering principles to their 

Herrell named 

Vnsun^f Hero/ 

wins $27,000 for 

sehool pro£fram 

''His dedication and excitement 

about the program provides our 

students the opportunity to 

experience the excitement of 

learning and service and has a 

lasting impact on the community. '' 


design and construction ideas. 

"In the future, Herrell would like to 
expand the program so they can purchase a 
dilapidated house and fix it up from start 
to finish and then sell it to a low-income 
family for a reasonable amount," the 
release continues. "He then wants to 

donate the proceeds 
to continue training 
centers in the area. 
Not only will Her- 
rell's program 
redesign homes for 
tiiose in need, it will 
redesign students 
into community 
change-agents ready 
to makeover the 

Sue Voskamp, 
principal of Clinton 
Middle School, said 
Herrell's service pro- 
gram has boosted 
students' excitement 
and motivation for 

"His dedication 
and excitement 
about the program 
provides our stu- 
dents the opportu- 
nity' to experience 
the excitement of 
learning and ser\ace 
and has a lasting 
impact on the community," she said. 
"Scott^f sets high standards for his students, 
and works very hard to see that they are 
met. I have never known a finer and more 
dedicated teacher than Scott)' Herrell." 

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Alumni News & Notes fall 2006 I 11 

I s g m D g 

Clay '98 and StacI Kerr 

Stalcup '98, triplets, 
Holland Olivia, Seth Eugene 

< and Aiden Claire, April 17. 
(Sadly, they lost Holland 

a Olivia at 6 weeks of age.) 

Northminster Presbyterian 
Church in Reisterstown, Md. 
Mitsunobu Hanyu is living in 
Tokyo, Japan and working as a 
researcher with Toshiba. He is 
currently working on a new hard 
disk drive that will go into the 
Guinness Book of World 
Records as the world's smallest 
HDD. David McGreal was hired 
July 13 as head boys' basketball 
coach and junior varsity volley- 
ball coach at Gulf Breeze High 
School in Florida. Clay and Staci 
Kerr Stalcup are both family 
practice physicians with Chero- 
kee Health Systems in Seymour, 
Tenn. After earning a master's 
degree in urban and regional 
planning from the University of 
Tennessee, Sarah Wagner went 
to work as a community planner 

for ihe Department of the Navy 
in Charleston, S.C. Instrumental 
in the rebuilding of damaged 
military installations following 
hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, she 
received numerous awards as a 
first responder Recently, she 
was selected as base planner for 
30th Civil Engineering 
Squadron, 30th Space Missile 
Wing, at Vandenberg Air Force 
Base in California. 
MARRIAGE: Nikolai Curtis to 
Rachael Knupp, July 27. 
BIRTHS: Mitsunobu Hanyu and 
wife Akemi Carina, a son, 
Keisuke, Feb. 3, John and 
Wendy Wimbrow LaForest, a 
son, William John, Sept. 24, 2005. 

99 John Chiles is a revenue 
assurance analyst for Cingular 

On July 28, Andrew J. "A.J." Ballou '98 

married Angela Menke in Evergreen, Colo. Groomsmen 

included (I r) Paul Weaver '97, Mark Hatfield 
'97 and Eric Obermiller '97. 

Wireless in Greenville, S.C. Sam 
King is a process manager for 
Woodbridge Group in Chat- 
tanooga. Wendy Wimbrow 
LaForest earned a master's 
degree in nursing from the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee in Decem- 
ber 2004. She is now a 
registered nurse and certified 
pediatric nurse practitioner 
Rachel Roe-Dale was hired as 
an assistant professor of mathe- 
matics at Skidmore College in 
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Gabe 
Whittenburg is employed as a 
senior manager, benefits admin- 
istration, of Convergys Corpora- 
tion's Employee Care Division. 
Serving as the North American 
Benefits Tower Lead, he sup- 
ports the Global Functional 
Process Lead for Benefits 
Administration. In May, he wrote 
that he was involved in "the 
largest implementation in the 
history of the HR business 
process outsourcing industry," 
which is estimated to be worth 
over $1,1 billion and will provide 
a comprehensive suite of HR 
transactional services for more 
than 60,000 employees and 
102,000 retirees in 70 countries. 
MARRIAGE: Joel Shields to 
Julie Seligson, Aug. 20, 2005. 
BIRTHS: Michael Clark and wife 
Michele, a son, Brandon 
Michael, May 26. Rachel 
Howard Cloud and husband 
Jamie, a son, Michael Anthony 
May 1 3. Lucretia Sleeper Myers 
and husband Matt, a son, Landon 
Scout, May 21 . 

'00 Andy and Casey Ander- 
son Bartow recently moved to 
Tampa, Fla., with their family. 

Andy is self-employed, running 
Black Dog Mastering Studio, 
and Casey is a contracts analyst 
with Tech Data Corporation. 
Clinton James works in the 
development and research 
department at Jewelry Televi- 
sion in Knoxville. Tim LeRoy 
graduated from the Eastern 
Carolina School of Medicine in 
May and has started residency 
at the Mayo Clinic in Jack- 
sonville, Fla., in the surgical spe- 
cialty of urology David Moss 
was presented with the Defense 
Meritorious Service Medal while 
deployed to the Detention Hos- 
pital, Joint Medical Group, 
Joint Task Force, Guantanamo 
Bay, Cuba. The medal, the 
third-highest peacetime 
defense award, is specifically 
intended to recognize excep- 
tionally meritorious service per- 
formance and to honor an 
individual's accomplishments 
over a sustained period. 
Melanie Shepherd finished her 
master's in school counseling 
from Lincoln Memorial Univer- 
sity and is currently working as a 
career tech counselor for 
Loudon County and Greenback 
high schools in Tennessee. Anuj 
Suri finished medical school in 
May and is pursuing a career in 
gynecological oncology at the 
University of Texas in Houston. 
Melissa Wright Reyes was 
recently promoted to order set- 
tlement analyst with Kimberly- 
Clark in Knoxville. She and her 
husband live in Kingston. 
MARRIAGES: Tim LeRoy to 
Kimberly White, March 18. 
Melissa Wright to Carlos 
Reyes, June 11. 


Alllllllli News &" Nous FALL 2006 

I s s 

Sarah Bozeman Lewis '00 gradu 

ated widi honors from the West Virginia 
. School of Osteopathic Medicine with the 
' \ degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine on 
: May 27. While attending WVSOM, she 
ii^jreceiv ed the Glasgow- Rubin Achievement 
ion from the American Medical 
tSociaQon and the Southern Medical Associa- 
arship. She plans to intern at Mere)' Hospital of 
Pittsburgh, Pa., iii internal medicine. 

BIRTHS: Daren Cox and wife 
Hope, a daughter, Emily Grace, 
June 24, 2005. Melissa Walker- 
Perry and husband Paul, a son. 
Lane Edward, Nov. 8, 2004. 
Paige Morefield Wright and 
husband Pete, a son, Hayden Eli, 
March 15. 

01 Katrina Atchley passed 
the Tennessee Bar Exam and is 
now working as an associate at 
Ogle, Gass, & Richardson, PC, in 
Sevierville. Brand! Grimes 
Magee is a first grade teacher at 
Highland Park Elementary in 
Lenoir City. She is also currently 
pursuing her master's degree in 
instructional leadership from Ten- 
nessee Technological University. 
MARRIAGE: Jesse LaPrees to 
Lindsey Tyre, Oct. 22, 2005. 
BIRTH: Valerie Malyvanh 
Jansen and husband Timothy, a 
daughter, Hannah Laura, May 5, 

02 Sarah Berkemeler is 

studying for a master's degree 
in counseling psychology at 
Lewis & Clark College and is 
working as a co-apartment man- 
ager with her husband in Port- 
land, Ore. She recently 

completed an Olympic triathlon 
in partnership with the 
Leukemia and Lymphoma Soci- 
ety Rachel Bowman graduated 
from the University of Tennessee 
College of Medicine in Mem- 
phis, receiving an M.D. She has 
begun her three-year residency 
in family medicine at the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina-Chapel 
Hill. Heather Hendricks Byrd 
was named "Teacher of the 
Year" at Northwest Elementary 
School and was nominated for 
"Teacher of the Year" for Murray 
County Schools and the state of 
Georgia. Kelly Cannon gradu- 
ated from the University of Ten- 
nessee's College of Veterinary 
Medicine and is now working in 
Atlanta as a veterinarian. Sarah 
Stutzman is working on her 
master's degree in choral con- 
ducting at the University of Ten- 
MARRIAGE: BreAnn Daniel to 
Justin Kidd '04, June 24. 
BIRTH: James Dunbar and wife 
Allyson Pierce Dunbar, a 
daughter, Rachel Elizabeth, Oct. 

03 Megan Cheatham Coates 

completed her post-baccalaure- 

ate work to receive her teaching 
certification in biology for 
grades 7-12 in May. She is now 
teaching science at Gibbs High 
School in Knoxville, Rachel 
Garza is an ESOL teacher for 
the Albemarle County (Va.) 
schools. Kenneth Kirby gradu- 
ated from Duke University's 
Doctor of Physical Therapy Pro- 
gram in May and is currently an 
employee of Carolina Physical 
Therapy Associates, Inc. David 
Kirkland is an investment repre- 
sentative with Edward Jones 
and is living in Maryville. Jessica 
Kone graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Flonda-Levin College 
of Law in December 2005 and 
passed the state's bar exam. 
She was sworn in as a member 
of the Florida Bar on April 21 
and is now practicing as a cor- 
porate attorney in Miami, Fla. 
Jennifer LeBar is a kinder- 
garten teacher in the Charlotte- 
Mecklenburg School System in 

Louis Belva '00 and 
wife Kasey Ellen 

Belva '02, a son, Willlam 
Louis, Nov. 15,2005. 

Charlotte, N.C. Christina Fisher 

Ragain received her master's of 
science from Yale University in 
May and will be starting as a 
lecturer of chemistry at Univer- 
sity of Texas at Tyler. Misti Rea- 
gan has joined the technical 
team of Materials and Chem- 
istry Laboratory Inc., in Oak 
Ridge, Tenn., as a specialist in 
sample preparation. Her experi- 
ence includes sample prepara- 
tion for organic, inorganic, and 

Christopher McCarty '01, right, graduated 

from the UT College of Law and was voted to speak on 
behalf of the graduating class during its hooding cere- 
mony on May 1 1 at the Kno.vsille Convention Center. In 
March, he and his trial team partner won the UT Ray 
Jenkins Intramural Moot Court Competition. He was 
nominated by law faculty to the Order of Barristers, a 
national honorary organization that recognizes graduat- 
ing law students. He has accepted a position at Lewis, 
King, Krieg & Waldrop in BCnoxville. 

Alumni News &■ Notes fall 2006 I 13 


radioactivity analyses. Heather 
Everett Shamblin is a regis- 
tered nurse at Blount Memorial 

MARRIAGE: Lindsey Blair to 
Aaron Woods, March 20, 2004. 
Kathy Braden to Mike Jones, 
April 29. Jessica Trent to 
Edward Pierce, Oct. 22, 2005. 

BIRTH: Danielle Williamson 
Hope and husband Wes, a 
daughter, Madilynn Rebecca, 
Aug. 16, 2005. David Kirkland 

and wife Nychole, a son, 
Zachary David, July 25. 

04 Stacey Blevins graduated 
from the University of Alabama 

Marriage proposal 
enlivens soeeer matehes 

Soccer brought them both to Mary\'ille College and sub- 
sequently brought them together, so it seemed fitting to 
Nick Bradford '06 that he should propose to sweetheart 
Elizabeth Rushwortli '05 on die MC soccer field. 
On Aug. 26, the 

alumni play- 
ers back to 
against the 
squads. In 
between the 
women's and men's 
games, Rushworth was 
called to the center of 
the field, where Bradford 
met her, falling to one knee for die proposal. 

Few people knew of Bradford's plan prior to Aug. 26, 
but he did share it v\'ith liis former coach, Pepe Fernan- 
dez. "I asked iiim: 'Nick, what ai-e you going to do if she 
says 'No?'" Fernandez said. "He said, 'Coach, I'm just 
going to turn and sprint for die woods.'" 

Bradford was able to save his energy for the game; 
Rushworth's answer was "yes." And although she couldn't 
believe he had chosen such a public venue for such an 
intimate moment, she wasn't upset. 

"It was really fLin to share the experience with my fam- 
ily, coaches and all the soccer alumni," Rushworth said. 

The couple is planning a June wedding. She is cur- 
rendy enrolled in the Universit)' of Temiessee-Chat- 
tanooga's doctor of physical dierapy program. He is 
student teaching. 

at Birmingham School of Nurs- 
ing in May and has accepted a 
position as registered nurse in 
the Regional Neonatal Intensive 
Care Unit at University Hospital. 
Gary Drinnen lost his bid for 
the Republican nomination for 
Tennessee's 18th House District 
seat, but along the way, he 
picked up endorsements from 
business owners, former state 
senator Ben Atchley and 
Knoxville's Metro Pulse. Mered- 
ith Elliott received her master's 
degree in foreign language-ESL 
education from the University of 
Tennessee-Knoxville and is cur- 
rently teaching English as a sec- 
ond language at Lenoir City 
Elementary School. Andrea Fra- 
zier Heaton is a graduate stu- 
dent in nursing at UT-K Kristin 
Johnston Reed was the primary 
assistant for Dr. John D. Ster- 
rett's research on the root sur- 
faces of teeth. Their results were 
accepted for publication in the 
Journal of Adhesive Dentistry. 
Their study took about six 
months to complete, and it 
served as a senior study for 
Reed, who is now a third-year 
dental student at the University 
of Tennessee Dental School in 
Memphis Michael Rickman was 
an assistant hall director at UT-K 
for the past two years and is 
now working as an area coordi- 
nator in the Residence Life and 
Housing Department at Clark 
University in Worcester, Mass. In 
May, he wrote that he was plan- 
ning to graduate with a master's 
degree in Deaf education at the 
end of the summer term. He is 
also working as a freelance 
interpreter for the deaf. 

MARRIAGES: Brandon Black- 
burn to Katherine Findley, May 
20. Abby Guider to Samuel 
Thomas, June 24. James Hayes 
to Sarah Phillips, Oct. 1,2005. 
Andrea Frazier to Josh Heaton, 
May 14, 2005. Christie Latimer 
to Wade Knapper '05, Aug 26. 
Mary Rose Linker to Timothy 
Williams, Jr., May 13. 

05 Amanda Brown com- 
pleted her master's degree in 
sports studies in May and has 
accepted an assistant volleyball 
coaching position at Webb High 
School in Knoxville. Darren 
Dachelet completed his require- 
ments for a bachelor's degree in 
engineering from Auburn Uni- 
versity in August 2006. He is now 
pursuing a master's degree at 
Auburn. K. Amanda Davis is a 
graphic designer for Ruby Tues- 
day Inc., in Maryville. Melinda 
Stewart is the administrative 
manager at Sea Ray of Knoxville. 
MARRIAGES: Stephanie Bum- 
balough to William Sweet, June 
10 Elizabeth Davis to Morgan 
Smith, June 17 Rachel 
Huffines to John Goode, June 
18,2005 Michael Wilhoit to 
Loren Rion '06, June 10. 

06 Robert Floyd is a botany 
student and teaching assistant 
at Jacksonville State University 
in Alabama. Nicole Geerlof 
Robinson is living in Col- 
legedale, Tenn., and working 
with AmeriCorps for one year. 
She is currently a volunteer 
coordinator for the Area 
Agency on Aging and Disability. 
MARRIAGE: Nicole Geerlof to 
Trevor Robinson, May 24. Wta 

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with her Maryville College gradua- 
tion date looming before her, Eliz- 
abeth S. "Libby" Welsh '59 had 

no employment plans, no personal 
goals, no particulai^ direction. 
Fort>'-seven years later, her retire- 
ment is follov\ing a similar" pattern. 

That isn't to say her life between 
1959 and 2006 went without pur- 
pose. Quite the opposite. 

Welsh found meaningflil work - 
and great satisfaction - holding 
various positions in Mar\'\'ille Col- 
lege's admissions, alumni, 
advancement and development 

offices, and the College celebrated her accomplishments 
and dedication during a luncheon and reception held in 
her honor June 23. 

Mar\'\'ille College President Dr. Gerald Gibson pre- 
sented Welsh with a kev to the College - the first he said 
he'd e\'er given - and $500 to use for travel expenses. 
He \\'ent on to announce that a student award at the 
College was being established in Welsh's name. Welsh, 
who said she was "stunned" by many of the arrange- 
ments that were made without her knowledge, was feted 
by a crowd of alumni, firiends, family and current and 
former faculty and staff members. 

Speaking at the luncheon, four administrators at the 
College praised their colleague's \\'ork ethic, persever- 
ance, exceptional writing and editing skills and sense of 
humor; they also shared stories of working with her and 


An English major who came to Mar^TiUe College fi-om 
Louisville, Ky, in 1955 because her grandparents and 
parents were alumni ("It never da\\'ned on me to con- 
sider another school"), Welsh today has no regrets about 

her choice for higher education, 
her saying "yes" to the employ- 
ment offer Raymond I. "Brick" 
Brahams '49 made to her back in 
1959 or working four years past 
her 65di birthday. 

"Just like the rest of my life, I 
really hadn't made any plans [to 
retire]," Welsh explained. "And 
being diagnosed with cancer years 
ago, I didn't really tiaink I'd live to 
see 65. Wlaen 1 heard 'cancer,' I 
thought I'd be gone in six 
months. But surviving that, my 
outlook changed and I realized, 
'Hey, I'm likely to live to 65. What 
am I going to do?' 

"As I approachetJ that year, I realized that I didn't 
want to leave," she continued. "I liked my job, Hked the 
people and thought I could still be a worthwhile con- 
tributor. And I didn't ha\e any plans for what I was going 
to do after retiring, so I didn't." 

Eventually, other health issues played a factor in 
Welsh deciding to finally hang it up this summer. She 
believes she's lea\'ing the work in good hands. 

"iVIost of the staff are )'oung enough to be my grand- 
children. They all get along so well and are so strong in 
what they do," she said. "I thought this was a good time 
to retire. And I wanted to leave at a time of year before 
the staff and department put together annual plans." 

As someone who began working flill-time during the 
summers of her high-school years, Welsh said curiosity' 
also got the better of her. 

"I decided that I want to find out what it's like not 
to get up and go to work at 8 o'clock every morning." 

To read the entire story, which includes Libby's memories 
of the early years of the Admissions and Advancement 
projjrams and her thoitffhts on the Maryville College of 
2006, visit marwillccollcijc.cdii and search on "Welsh.'' 





THE RT. REV. KEN NEWELL, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, will be the 
featured speaker of the 2007 February Meetings. His work with Father Gerry Reynolds, a Catholic priest in the 
Redemptorist Order, was recognized by Pax Christi, the international peace movement, in 1999. 

FEB, 22 11 a.m. Fine Arts Center Music Hall 

5 p.m. Fine Arts Center Music Hall 

FEB. 23 8:30 a.m. Center for Campus Ministry 

1 1 a.m. Fine Arts Center Music Hall 

Watch the Mar\'\'ille College web site for details. 

Since 1877, Febriinvy Mectinjjs Imve offered the College and local cnmniHiiitt' an annual opportunity to reflect on Christian faith 

and action. In years past, j^iiest speakers and special music have been hijjhlij^hts of the condensed lecture series, which is open to all 

members of the College community, people in the area, and visitors, Maryville College, one of 65 collejjes related to the Presbyterian 

Church USA, remains in a voluntary covenant relationship with the Church. Many faiths are represented in the student body. 


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