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Dr. Carolyn Louise Blair, former 
professor of English and academic 
vice president and dean at Maryville 
College, passed away Aug. 17. She 
was 85. 

She joined the Maryville College 
faculty in 1948 as assistant professor 
of English after receiving her master's 
degree from the University of Tennes- 
see, where she later earned a Ph.D. 

She was promoted to associate 
professor in 1960, and two years later 
was made a full professor and sec- 
retary of the faculty. In 1972, she was 
appointed dean of the College. She 
was the first woman to hold that title 
at the College and the first woman 
academic dean among institutions 
in the Mid-Appalachian College 

In 1978, Blair returned to teaching 
and chaired the College's depart- 
ment of languages and literature, 
holding that post until her retirement 
in 1987. 

Twice she was awarded the 
"Outstanding Teacher" honor Later, 
she was presented the Maryville 
College Medallion. 

In cooperation with three of Blair's 
former students, administrators at 
MC are in the process of establishing 
a scholarship in her memory. 
See story on page 8 for details. 

DENSO executives, including DENSO Manufacturing 
Tennessee President Mack Hattori (center), present 

a check for the Civic Arts Center to Maryville College 
President Dr. Gerald Gibson, Clayton Homes CEO 
Kevin Clayton and other College representatives. 


The campaign for the Civic Arts 
Center (CAC) received a huge 
boost recently with the announce- 
ment of two very generous lead- 
ership gifts. 

On Oct. 25, Maryville 
College President Gerald Gibson 
announced to the College's 
Board of Directors that the Clayton Family Foundation and Cla\T:on Homes, Inc. had 
combined efforts to commit $5 million to the CAC project. 

The Clayton gift is, to date, the largest pledge of private dollars to the facility. 

"The Civic Arts Center will positively impact our community' and region - schools, 
arts, culture and economic development," said KeNdn Clayton, CEO ot Clapton 
Homes, Inc. "We're proud to be a part of this project along with so many others who 
will help make this possible." 

For several months, Clayton has been heading up the private fundraising efforts and 
working closely with the CoUege and city officials. 

"Since early on, the Claytons have understood the impact this project would have 
on our community, and now they are providing key support to make it happen," 
Gibson stated. "The College is immensely pleased that the Clayton Family Foundation 
and Clayton Homes have stepped up to this record level." 

On Nov. 1, DENSO International America, Inc. and DENSO Manufacturing 
Tennessee, Inc. announced that they had partnered to award $500,000 to the CAC. 
To be given in installments over five years, the DENSO gift to die facility represents 
the largest single donation by DENSO in the United States. 

Gibson described the manufacturer, which is Blount County's largest employer, as 
"a wonderful corporate citizen." 

"These gifts clearly show community support for the project and momentum in our 
fundraising," the MC president added. 

The CAC, a $47.3-milUon facility, was established as a partnership project between 
the cities of Maryville and Alcoa and Maryville CoUege, and is receiving fimding from 
all three sources, as well as state and federal governments. 

Once completed, the center v^dU consist of two structures: a main building that will 
house a 1,200-seat performance hall and a 200-seat flexible theatre; and an art and 
recital hall that will house a 250-seat recital hall and galleries to support the visual arts. 
The two buildings will be connected by an attractive and spacious outdoor arts plaza. 
The CAC is one of several capital campaign projects included in the College's "Our 
Window of Opportunity" campaign. To view progress on all fiinding priorities, visit 
maryvillecollege .edu/giving/ourwindow 


EDITOR'S NOTE: The College received Information printed below 
between Feb. 11, 2007 and Aug. 31' 2007. Notes received after 
Aug. 31 should appear in the winter issue of FOCUS. 

'29 MEMORIAM: Mary 

Swain Wood, May 16, in Dal- 
las, Texas. Because of the Great 
Depression, Mary was forced to 
withdraw from Maryville before 
graduating. Returning home to 
Kentucky to work, she took corre- 
spondence and summer courses 
in elementary education before 
accepting a position as a read- 

ing specialist with the American 
Book Company. Later, Scott- 
Foresman & Company hired 
her to take its "Dick and Jane" 
books into schools throughout 
the country. In 1958, she married 
Col. Alfred Wood, a regional 
Procter & Gamble executive, 
and made Dallas her perma- 
nent home. An active member 
of Highland Park Presbyterian 

Church, she and her husband 
generously gave to numerous 
non-profits and programs, espe- 
cially those that benefited chil- 
dren. On June 9, 2006, Maryville 
College awarded Mary an hon- 
orary bachelor's degree during 
a ceremony held at the Dallas 
Country Club. Survivors include 
sister Dorothy Swain Patterson. 

'31 MEMORIAM: Grace 

Wallace Anthony, Jan 14, in 
Maryville. One of the first public 
school kindergarten teachers 
in Blount County she taught 

Alcoa, Everett, Fort Craig and 
Bungalow elementary schools 
during her 45-year career She 
was an active member of the 
First United Methodist Church 
of Maryville for 86 years and 
was also an involved member 
of Delta Kappa Gamma teach- 
ers' sorority and the Chilhowee 
Club, Survivors include three 
daughters and their husbands, 
including Sue Anthony Dawson 
'69 and Joe Dawson '69; five 
grandchildren, including David 
Dawson '01; and two great- 



whose work in die federal go\'ernment earned 
her an Alumni Citation m 1966, died June 24, 
2006, in Johnson City, Tenn. 

Following MC, Going taught in public and 

private schools. In 1939, she took a job as a civil 

service examiner, then, in 1952, accepted an 

appointment as a personnel management specialist for the U.S. 

Ci\'il Service Commission. 

The last years of her professional life were spent as a per- 
sonnel management specialist for the Department of the Ai-my 
and then as a special assistant to the director of personnel at the 
Smithsonian Institution. 

While living in the Washington, D.C.-area, Going was an 
active member of die Congress Heights Presb)T:erian Church. 
Siu^ivors include one son. 

fOTTO PFLANZE '40, distinguished 
biographer of Otto von Bismarck, died March 
3, at his home in Bloomington, Ind. 
Following graduation from Maryville, Otto 
served with the Army Air Corps during World 
\Var 11 and earned master's and doctoral degrees 
in European history from Yale Uni\'ersit)'. He 
was a professor of modern European history and 19™-century 
Germany at New York University, University of Minnesota, 
Indiana University' and Bard College. From 1977 until 1986, 
he was editor of die American Historical Review. 

Pflanze's three-volume Bismarck and the Developmcjit 
of Germatiy was published to wide acclaim. In 1990, the 
Association of American PubUshers named his work "the most 
outstanding" in history, government and political science. 
In 1999, he was awarded the Einhard Foundation's Einhard 

Prize for biography. Jurors of that prize wrote: "Pflanze has 
presented the most extensive work about Bismarck in decades; 
its second volume, dealing with Bismarck as chanceUor, is 
even the most comprehensive work on the subject ever." 

He was the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, 
including the 1980 Maryville College Alumni Citation. 

Survivors include wife Hertha, three children, two grand- 
sons and sister Eleanor Pflanze Graham '36. 


whose 40 years as a missionar\' in Korea were 
celebrated with a Mar\'\'ille College Alumni 
Citation in 1978, died Feb. 24 in Black 
Moimtain, N.C. 

Born the son of Presbyterian missionaries 
serving in Korea, Talmage earned two degrees 
from Columbia (Ga.) Theological Seminary after graduating 
from MC. He served as an interim pastor in South Carolina 
and Mississippi during WWII and was one of die first mis- 
sionaries to return to Korea after the war. While in Korea he 
not only led evangelistic work but also assisted in the financial 
affairs of missions. 

He helped to establish Taejon College (now Han Nam 
Universitii') and served as its president for 11 years. 

After retirement in 1977, he served as interim pastor at die 
John Se\ier and Lebanon Presbyterian churches in Knox^'ille, 
and later at the Siloani and Old Fort Presbyterian Churches in 
Old Fort, N.C. 

Survivors include wife Elizabeth; three sons and their 
spouses, including John '61 and Sylvia Smith Talmage 
'62 and William Talmage '67; six grandchildren; six great- 
grandcliildren; and four siblings, including WiUiam Talmage 
'35 and Roy Talmage '38. 

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'34 MEMORIAM: Vivian 

Kelley Howell, May 10, in Sun 
City Center, Fla. She was a 
retired teacher from the Green 
Springs and Clyde schools, 
where she was the head of the 
English Department. She was 
a member of the Presbyterian 
Church in Clyde, Ohio, and St. 
Andrew Presbyterian Church in 
Sun City Center She was a mem- 
Kappa Delta Pi, the Sun City 
Women's Club, AAUW, and the 
Shrine Ladies. She is survived by 
husband and classmate George 
Howell, a daughter-in-law and 

'35 R. "Pat" Perry Johnston 

now has one son in Alaska, one 
son in Thailand, one daughter 
in California and one daughter 
in Colorado. She has 10 grand- 
children and six great-grand- 
children. From Basalt, Colo., she 
writes: "Aspen is beautiful, but I 
miss my Smokies!" 

'36 MEMORIAMS: Lillian Kerr 
Beals, Dec. 25, 2006, in Knox- 
ville, Tenn. She lived in Knoxville 
and worked in the banking indus- 
try before marrying and having 
a family. She was a member of 
Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian 
Church for 58 years. Survivors 
include one daughter and son-in- 
law; two sisters-in-law, including 
Helen Anderson Kerr '44; and 
several nieces and nephews. 
■ Estelle Greene Carhart, Feb. 
18, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Her 
husband was an alumnus and 
Presbyterian minister, and she 
was a school teacher. A member 
of Norris Religious Fellowship, 
she enjoyed reading, knitting, 
and quilting during her lifetime. 
Survivors include her four daugh- 
ters, one son and their families; 
four siblings; and several nieces 
and nephews. In memory of their 
loved one, the Carhart family 
requested that donations be 
made to the College. 

'37 MEMORIAM: Margue- 
rite Gray Badgett, July 1 1, in 
Maryville. She was well-known 
as an elementary teacher and 

member of First United Method- 
ist Church in Maryville. Survivors 
include four children and their 
families and brother-in-law John 
N. Badgett '40. 

'38 Marian Lodwick Bauer is 

now living in the Ohio Presbyte- 
rian Retirement Community in 
Akron. She is 90 years old and 
still remains well and active. She 
chairs a Spiritual Life committee, 
plays the piano for the chapel, 
belongs to a book club and is 
active in her church. At age 91 , 
Paul Fox continues to work with 
Longwood University Business 
School, which he helped found. 
A recent golf tournament raised 
funds for the school's Paul & 
Frances Fox Scholarship Fund, 
which now exceeds $130,000. 

'39 MEMORIAM: Arthur D. 

Byrne, June 26, in Maryville. 
After graduating from Maryville 
he went on to earn a J.D. degree 
from the University of Tennessee 
College of Law and practiced in 
Knoxville until his retirement in 
1999. He was a long-time mem- 
ber of the International Academy 
of Trial Lawyers, the American 
College of Trial Lawyers, the 
Federation of Insurance Counsel 
and the Tennessee Bar Associa- 
tion. He served as president of 
the Knoxville Bar Association 
from 1963 until 1964 and was 
presented the "Governor's 
Award" by the association in 
1994. He served on the board of 
the Knoxville Symphony Orches- 
tra for several years and as presi- 
dent from 1974-1975. Survivors 
include wife Jean White Byrne 
'41 and two daughters. 

'40 MEMORIAM: Mil- 
dred Lane Curtis, June 5, in 
Maryville. After graduation, 
she taught at Glendale School 
before her marriage. She was 
a long-time member of New 
Providence Presbyterian Church, 
where she served as a deacon, 
was an active member of the 
Presbyterian Women of the Con- 
gregation, and served faithfully 
in many other capacities. Survi- 
vors include one daughter and 

son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, 
three grandchildren, two great- 
grandsons and three sisters, 
including Ruth Lane Prewett '42, 
and Betty Lane Huddleston '46. 

'41 MEMORIAMS: Julius 

Nicely Jr., March 3, in Maryville. 
After serving in the U.S. Army in 
Europe with the 1922nd Ordi- 
nance Company he returned to 
Blount County and worked for 
ALCOA for 40 years. He was a 
member of Maryville's First Bap- 
tist Church for 80 years. In 2004, 
he was inducted into the Blount 
County Wrestling Hall of Fame. 
Survivors include his wife; four 
children, one daughter-in-law 
and their families; five grandchil- 
dren; and one sister and brother- 

■ L. Berneice Tontz Smith, 
June 9, 2006, in Maryland. She 
graduated from Johns Hopkins 
School of Nursing and spent 

42 A story printed in the Jan. 
11 issue of the Bandon (Ore.) 
Western World announced the 
release of a digitally produced 
video featuring the vocals of R. 
"Lin" Sutherlin Lepicier. Entitled 
"Lin Lepicier Sings!," the DVD 
showcases the alumna's soprano 
range, which has led her to solo 
performances around the coun- 
try, including one at Carnegie 
Hall. A proud Peggy Caldwell 
Smith '45, Lepicier's "Little Sis- 
ter" from the 1941-1942 school 
year, sent the College the news- 
paper clipping and DVD. Kath- 
ryn Estes Nix Anthony wrote to 
notify the College that husband 
Sidney died of Alzheimer's dis- 
ease on June 14. She is in good 
health and hopes to remain at 
home in Ripley Tenn. 
MEMORIAMS: Lawrence 
Robert Ketchum, Nov 16, 
2006, in Madison, Wis. Ketchum 
served three years in the Army 

James Jarvis, 
former hoard member, dies 

JAMES H. JARVIS, member of the Mar>'ville College 
Board of Directors from 1985 until 1991, died June 6 at liis 
home in Knoxville. 

The son of alumnus Howard F. Jarvis '32 and a 1960 
graduate of die University of Tennessee School of Law, he 
was in private practice with his father from 1960 until 1972, 
when he was appointed judge of the Law and Equity Court 
tor Blount County. Then he was elected judge of the 30di 
Judicial Circuit Court in Blount County, a position he held 
for 12 years. In 198„4, he was appointed U.S. District Judge 
for the Eastern Division of Tennessee by President Ronald 
Reagan. He served as chief judge of tliat district from 1991 
to 1998. He played a key role in the government's acquisition 
of the Whitde Communications building for use as a federal 

Survivors include wife Gail, five cliildren, five grandchildren 
and one sister. 

her professional life as a nurse. 
A veteran of World War II, she 
was interred at Garrison For- 
est Veterans Cemetery with 
full military honors. Survivors 
include husband James Brookes, 
four children and their families, 
including daughter Margaret 
Smith Heaphy '77 

Air Transport Command. After 
WWII, he earned his bachelor's 
degree from UW-Madison and 
his optometry degree from the 
Chicago College of Optom- 
etry. He practiced optometry 
in Dodgeville, Wis., where he 
was also active in the Civil 
Air Patrol, Kiwanis, Plymouth 

Alumni News & Nous rA\.i 2007 I 3 


Congregational UCC, and was 
the first chapter president of 
Chapter 93 Experimental Aircraft 
Association. Survivors include 
wife Olga Welch Ketchum '43; 
five children, including Susan 
Ketchum '69; 11 grandchildren; 
three great-grandchildren; and 
one brother 

'43 Kathleen Sullivan Procop 

wrote to notify the College of 
husband Lewis' death after 56 
years of marriage. 

44 As reported by husband 
Ralph in May: Ann Horton Dorn 

suffered a stroke and is partially 
paralyzed but is in therapy and 
will later be in home care to 
continue her therapy. A few 
days after celebrating his 87th 
birthday James Evans was the 
grand marshal of the Wilmore 
(Ky.) Veterans Day Parade on 
Nov. 1 1 . He is a resident of the 
Thomson-Hood Veterans Cen- 
ter Viola James "Wings" White 
is living up to her nickname, 
traveling "as much as the bank 
account will allow." Last fall, she 
was planning a trip to Chile and 
Easter Island for February 2007. 
MEMORIAM: Dorothy Bailey 
Gowey, Oct. 28, 2006, in Seattle, 
Wash. Gowey worked as a chem- 
ist on the Manhattan Project 
in Oak Ridge, Tenn. After the 
war, she married and moved to 
Seattle. She was a member of 
the Lake Forest Park Presbyte- 
rian Church for more than 50 
years. Survivors include husband 
Edward, six children, 1 3 grand- 
children; three step-grandchil- 
dren; and two siblings, including 
Jack Bailey '49 

'45 MEMORIAMS: Jeanne 

Voorhees Bellerjeau, Nov 13, 
2005, in Haddon Heights, N.J. 
Following MC, she received her 
master's degree from Princeton 
Theological Seminary. She 
worked as a missionary in Thai- 
land for 40 years with the women 
of the Church of Christ of Thai- 
land to help them to become 
leaders in their local and national 
areas. When she retired in 1988 
and returned to the U.S., she 

became an elder and a deacon 
of First Presbyterian Church in 
Haddon Heights. She also volun- 
teered in the Presbytery Office, 
served on the national board of 
the Historical Society of the Pres- 
byterian Church and was active in 
women's work at the Presbytery. 
Survivors include an adopted son 
and daughter, one sister, three 
nieces and six cousins. 
■ Robert Huber, Nov 25, 2006, 
in Lexington, Va. A journalist and 
author, he worked for numer- 
ous newspapers, including The 
Washington Post, The Phila- 
delphia Inquirer and the Pacific 
Stars and Stripes in Tokyo, and 
authored three books on his 
family and American history. He 
was a proud descendent of the 
Mayflower pilgrims and served 
14 years as editor-in-chief of the 
award-winning The Howland 
Quarterly, a publication of the 
Pilgrim John Howland Society. 
For his work on the publica- 
tion, he received the George 
Washington Medal from the 
Freedoms Foundation at Valley 
Forge. Robert was also tour 
director for the society, giving 
and planning six tours to Eng- 

land and Europe. He belonged 
to several genealogical societies, 
including both the Virginia and 
District of Columbia Mayflower 
societies, serving as governor of 
the D.C. organization for three 
years. Survivors include wife 
Carolyn Ulrich Huber '47; four 
children, including Paul Huber 
'74; and five grandchildren. 
■ Mary Ella Roberts, Dec. 22, 
2006, in Maryville. Following 
her graduation from MC, she 
earned a master's degree from 
Nashville's Peabody College and 
taught elementary school for 
Blount County and Maryville City 
for 43 years. She was a member 
of Maryville's First Baptist Church 
and Sunday School Secretary for 
59 years. Sun/ivors include two 
siblings and their families, includ- 
ing sister Lois Roberts Berry '44. 

'46 MEMORIAM: Thomas 

Henderson, Dec. 9, 2006, in 
Harrisonburg, Va. He served in 
World War II in the 49th Armored 
Infantry and was wounded in 
the Battle from the Rhur to the 
Rhine Rivers. A 1949 graduate 
of Union Theological Seminary, 
he served churches in Virginia, 

On the occasion of 
their 53 rd wedding 
anniversary, RiCndrCI 

'54 and Margaret 
M. "Peggy" 
Evans Abbott 

'54 renewed their 
N'ows outside the 
Little Chapel in 
Wilson Chapel. The 
tvvo married there on their 
graduation day - May 19, 
1954. Joining the Abbotts, 
their four daughters and 
eight granddaughters for 
the renewal ceremony were 

Lynn '56 and Patricia 
Halstead Sexton 

'54. The Sextons were the 
Abbotts' attendants 53 years 
ago. A story about the event, published by tlie News Sentinel, 
is posted on the MC web site. (Search on "Abbott.") 

North Carolina, West Virginia, 
Maryland and Kentucky before 
retiring in 1987. An active resi- 
dent of Harrisonburg, he seri/ed 
as a volunteer chaplain at Rock- 
ingham Memorial Hospital and 
sang with the Shenandoah Valley 
Choral Society and Trinity Pres- 
byterian Church Choir. Survivors 
include wife Dorothy Buchanan 
Henderson '42, three children 
and two grandchildren. 

48 Rella Anderson Carp, a 

charter member of the Trinity 
Presbyterian Church in Martin, 
Tenn., wrote "God's Promises," 
a musical composition per- 
formed Oct. 22, 2006, by the 
church's Chancel Choir in cel- 
ebration of the congregation's 
30th anniversary. "Psalms 121," 
another of her compositions, 
was performed as part of the 
anniversary service. In January, 
the department of music at the 
University of Tennessee at Martin 
presented a concert of music 
written by her husband, Gilbert 
Carp, composer emeritus of the 
university. Richard Smilie moved 
into a retirement home in Can- 
ton, Ohio, in March. 
MEMORIAM: Constance 
Hawkins Moore, May 17, in 
Chicago, III. After graduating, 
she joined the staff at Chandler 
School of Theology at Emory 
University. Following her mar- 
riage, she served on the faculty 
of Lees-McRae College and then 
on the library staffs of the Uni- 
versity of Tennessee-Knoxville 
and Cumberland (Ky.) College. 
After moving her family to Des 
Moines, III., she was awarded a 
fellowship to the graduate library 
program at the University of 
Chicago. In 1962 she accepted 
a position with the corporate 
library of United Airlines. Her 
pioneering work in computeriza- 
tion and data management led 
to her election to several state 
and national offices of the Spe- 
cial Library Association, of which 
she was a long-time member. 
Survivors include husband John 
Moore '44, three children, three 
grandchildren, one brother and 
one sister. 

Alumni News & Notes fall 2007 

49 Margarette Andrews 

Law and husband Robert Law 
'50 recently moved from Sacra- 
mento to Gloucester, Va., to live 
near their daughter. 
MEMORIAM: Leslie E. Webb, 
Jr., Jan. 2, in Lafayette, Ind. He 
was a captain in the Air Force 
during WWII and was an avid 
pilot. After MC, he earned 
master's degrees from Texas 
A&l and Austin Theological 
Seminary While in seminary, he 
organized the "Gospel Airlift," 
in which he bought an old WWII 
bomber and flew fellow students 
on weekends to preach at East 
Texas and Louisiana churches 
without regular pastors. An 
ordained Presbyterian minister, 
he served churches in Louisiana 
and Texas before retiring to Flor- 
ida. Survivors include wife Elaine, 
four children and their families. 

50 During "National Volun- 
teer Week," Charles E. Bacon 

received special recognition 
from St. John's Hospital in Ber- 
ryville. Ark., for volunteer work. 
He and 270 other individuals 
volunteered 374,455 hours of 
work. Ruth Burklns co-authored 
a book Is Differentiation for Stu- 
dents Reel? Mildred Leake Day 
recently edited and translated 
the book Latin Arthurian Litera- 
ture, published by Boydell and 
Brewer Ltd. Ethel Nelson con- 
tinues to be active in Epworth 
United Methodist Church in San 
Antonio, Texas, and, for the past 
eight years, as a member of 
the Greater San Antonio Crime 
Prevention Commission. Stuart 
Saul just published the book 
Clearings: Uncommon Words 
for Common Life; Reflections on 

The Tennessee House 
of Representatives 
voted in August to 
name part of the U.S. 
411 highway in Blount 
County for Clifford 
H. "Bo" Henry '50, 
who served as a state 
representative from 
1975 until 1982. 

the Old Testament from Joseph 
Parker's 'The People's Bible.' 
"Benny" Baldwin, Dec 13, 

2006, in Alcoa, Tenn. He retired 
from the Aluminum Company of 
America after 24 years of service. 
He was a member of the Alcoa 
First United Methodist Church, 
New Providence Masonic Lodge, 
The American Legion and the 
Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 
1995, he was inducted into the 
College's Sports Wall of Fame. 
Survivors include wife Joyce, 
three sons and their families. 
■ James Arthur Holloway, 
Dec. 21,2006, in Maryville. 
James was a member of Everett 
Hills Baptist Church. He was a 
veteran of the Korean War, serv- 
ing in the U.S. Army He was a 
retired superintendent of benefit 
plans at Oak Ridge National 
Laboratory and corporate man- 
ager of benefit plans and admin- 
istration at Viskase Corporation 
in Chicago, III. Survivors include 
wife Mary Sue Holloway, three 
daughters, two grandchildren, 
and one great-grandchild. 

'51 Hazel Holm Schuller 

lives in Sanibel Island, Fla., and 
recently became a member of 
Friends In Service Here (FISH), a 
group of volunteers who assist 
the elderly and financially bur- 
dened on the island. Schuller 
joined after seeing FISH assist 
her mother, Bernice Jones Holm 
'22, who died in 1997. William 
Willingham and wife Joy cel- 
ebrated their 50th wedding anni- 
versary on Nov. 22, 2006. 

52 As reported in an Associ- 
ated Press story that ran in May, 

Charlie Allen is looking for a 
home for "Tricentennial Begin- 
nings," a reproduction of a 1780s 
flatboat that has been used to 
transport his Dream Houses 
to children all over Tennessee. 
Several historical sites are being 
explored in Nashville to preserve 
Allen's piece of history. Bettie 
Carroll Elwood is the CEO of the 
Little Children of the World Inc. 
She recently helped organize the 
McMinn County (Tenn.) Commu- 
nity Anti-Drug Coalition, which 
is a member of the Community 
Anti-Drug Coalition of America. 
MEMORIAMS: Carolyn M. 
"Lynn" Miller Berkey, Feb 8, 
in Davidson, N.C. Following 
graduation from MC, she spent 
four years in Egypt, teaching 
English in a girls' school. Later, 
she earned a master's degree 
from Hartford Seminary. Lynn 
spent most of her married and 
professional life in South Hadley, 
Mass., where she was active in 
church and community groups 
and served in various positions 
at Mount Holyoke College. She 
retired in 1988 as executive direc- 


tor of Mount Holyoke's alumnae 
association. Survivors include 
sons Mark and Jonathan and 
their families. Jonathan emailed 
Lynn's classmates following her 
death. In that correspondence, 
he described her love for and 
commitment to Maryville Col- 
lege. "During the difficult years 
of my father's illness, her ties 
to her Maryville friends were 
perhaps the one thing that kept 
her going," he wrote. Jonathan 
cared for his father one week so 
that his mother could travel to 
MC to participate in Kin Taka- 
hashi Week. "I will never forget 
the look on her face when she 
walked through the door upon 
her return," he added. "She was 
a woman transformed, utterly 
rejuvenated by her experience." 
In memory of their loved one, 
the Berkey family requested that 
donations be made to the 
Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund 
at the College. 
■ Thomas Cramer, Dec. 16, 
2006. He was ordained an elder 
in the Holston Conference (East- 
ern Tennessee) of the Methodist 


FRIENDS of Maryville College 
still have time to reserve seats 
for the trip to Scotland and the 
Presbyterian Heritage Tour, 
"The Lands of John Knox." 

This tour will parallel 
the 2008 Choir Tour, and 
participants will be able 
to attend Concert Choir 
performances, as well as 
attractions in Scotland. 

The tour includes admission to the Royal Yacht Britannia, 
Stirling Castle, lona Abbey, Castie Urquhart, Leault Farm, 
Blair Castie, Edinburgh Castie and St. Andrews Castie and 
Cathedral. Also included is round-trip ferry transportation 
from Oban to the Isle of lona and a cruise on Loch Ness. 

More information is on the MC web site, maryvillecollege. 
edu/alumni/events.asp. Contact Helen Brimer at 
865.981.8202 or 
with questions. 

Alumni News & Notes F All. 2007 | 5 


Church and served in various 
local church pastorates from 
1957 until 1967, when he was 
appointed assistant administra- 
tor of the Holston Conference 
Home for the Retired. In 1970, 
he earned a master's degree in 
gerontology from the University 
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
and went to work as executive 
director of Wesley Hall, a home 
for the indigent aged, in Cincin- 
nati. Ten years later, he moved to 
Beverly, Ky., to be the business 
administrator of Red Bird Mis- 
sion. In retirement, he lived in 
Plant City Fla., and Atlanta. Sur- 
vivors include four children and 
several grandchildren, including 
Albert Thomas Cramer II '05. 

'54 MEMORIAM: Johnie 

Griffitts Lunsford, Nov 25, 

2006, in Tallassee, Tenn. She was 
a teacher for the Blount County 
School System and member of 
the Calderwood Baptist Church, 
where she served as church 
clerk, Sunday School teacher and 
Vacation Bible School director. 
Survivors include one son, one 
daughter-in-law, three grandsons 
and one sister On the occasion 
of their 53rd wedding anniver- 
sary, Richard and Margaret M. 
"Peggy" Evans Abbott renewed 
their vows outside the Little Cha- 
pel in Wilson Chapel. The two 
married there on their gradua- 
tion day - May 19, 1954. Lynn '56 
and Patricia Halstead Sexton, 
who were the Abbotts' atten- 
dants 53 years ago, returned for 
the renewal ceremony 

56 James Laster enjoyed 
a busy spring and summer. In 
March, he appeared as Poseidon 
in "Five Variations on the Art 
of Aphrodite," the prize-win- 
ning play in the high school 
division sponsored by the First 
Light Festival of George Mason 
University's Theatre of the First 
Amendment. In May he con- 
ducted two anthems for the 
Alumni Choir's farewell concert 
in Wilson Chapel and also con- 
ducted the first performance 
of his "I Will Give Thanks" for 
choir, flute, organ and handbells 
at Front Royal (Va.) Presbyterian 
Church. The piece was com- 
missioned in celebration of 
Beverly Clark's 26 years as an 
organist/choirmaster. In August, 
he played the part of Morrie 
in Wayside Theatre's produc- 
tion of "Tuesdays with Morrie." 
Also, Treble Clef Music Press 
has just announced that it will 
produce his "Hodie Christus 
natus est" for treble voices and 
organ. Laster wrote this piece in 
December of 2006 for the Christ- 
mas Eve service at Christ Episco- 
pal Church in Winchester, Va. 

'57 As of February 2007, 
Natalie Richards Dragstedt and 

husband Lester have 14 grand- 
children Philip and Margaret 
Wilkinson Muir are serving 
on their local church mission 
committee and both sing in a 
community chorale. Phil is a 
part-time chaplain in the local 
hospital and still volunteers to 
help missionaries build their sup- 
porting partner team. The Muirs 


was awarded the Award of Merit from 
the Association for Career and Technical 
Education (ACTE) on Nov. 3, 2006, at the 
association's annual convention and career 
tech expo in Atlanta. The award recognizes 
individuals or organizations outside the field 
of career and technical education for the 
highest meritorious contributions to the 
improvement, promotion, development and progress of career 
and technical education. Jack lives in Springfield, 111., and is the 
director of the Illinois Employer Advocacy Initiative. 

frequently host traveling mis- 
sionaries in their lakeside home 
in southern Michigan. 

58 Anita Cole Ezelle, her 

two daughters and Joann Antes 
Wyman '59 enjoyed traveling 
to Vienna, Salzburg, Melk on 
the Danube, Budapest, Prague 
and Berlin in September 2006. 
She writes that she was proud of 
nephew Mark Cole '98 for his 
art exhibit, "Orbis Multimodis," 
which was shown at the 2006 
Maryville College Homecoming. 
Alan Whitelock is recovering 
from multiple myloma and other 
health conditions. His wife contin- 
ues to fight Sjdgrens Syndrome. 
They both continue to teach 
Bible studies in Texas and Colo- 
rado and Alan continues to work 
on his book, Joseph's JournaL 

59 Frances Matthews Don- 
aldson and husband J.B. have 
moved to Champaign, III., to be 
with their younger son and new 
grandson. They love the area 
and new baby. In October 2006, 
Mary Ann Murphey Tauber 
wrote that she was enjoying 
learning discipleship with two 
women - one from her church 
and the other from Kenya. They 
used the "Destined" and "Life 
Builders" material from Campus 
Crusade. She also volunteers at 
a local hospital and enjoys going 
to her grandson's sports games. 
MEMORIAM: Carol Ann West, 
March 7, in Maryville. She was a 
teacher at Carter High School 

in Knox County before moving 
to Georgia to teach high-school 
English - a job she held for 32 
years. A recipient of Georgia's 
Star Teacher Award, she estab- 
lished an introductory Spanish 
course for Whitfield County 
Schools. After retirement from 
school, she became part of the 
Liz Claiborne Company. She 
is survived by three brothers, 
including John West '58 and 
David West '62, In memory of 
their loved one, the West fam- 
ily requested that donations be 
made to the College. 


D. Lawrence Gibbs, Jan. 27, 
in Cochranville, Pa. He taught 
Spanish and computer pro- 
gramming at Rising Sun High 
School, Fairfax County Schools 
in Virginia, and Unionville High 
School. Active in church and 
community, he was a member 
of Faggs Manor Presbyterian 
Church and served 12 years 
on the Octorara Board of 
School Directors, 12 years as 
Londonderry Township Supervi- 
sor and several years on the 
township's planning commission. 
His favorite hobbies were build- 
ing computers and radios and 
operating his ham radio. Sur- 
vivors include wife Louva Ann 
Lawson Gibbs '61, two children 
and their spouses; four grand- 
children, two brothers and two 

■ Maryanne Braidwood Ward, 
Sept. 11, 2006, in Tallahassee, 
Fla. Diagnosed several years ago 
with neurofibromatosis (NF), she 
did not let the disease prevent 
her from earning a master' s 
degree from Stetson University 
or a doctorate from Florida 
State, nor from teaching in 
FSU's School of Education. Even 
though she was confined to a 
wheelchair for several years and 
in severe pain, she volunteered 
regularly at Tallahassee's AIDS 
hotline, taught mentally handi- 
capped children in Florida's Bre- 
vard County and was a Florida 
deaf-blind consultant. She also 
counseled other sufferers of 
neurofibromasis. Following 
Maryanne's death, MC class- 
mates circulated a memoriam to 
their friend, remembering her 
wit and creativity. In it, Charlotte 
Cathey Stewart wrote: "Today, 
Maryanne continues to live in 
our hearts and the hearts of all 
who knew her - and we thank 
God for the extraordinary gift of 
her presence not only among us 
at Maryville but also among her 
Tallahassee friends and the innu- 
merable disabled people whom 
she helped." 

6 I Alumtii News &■ Notes fall 2007 

i i^fi^s^ 

'61 MEMORIAM: Nancy 

Seeger Chapman, May 3, in Pull- 
man, Wash. She was a graduate 
of the University of California at 
Berkeley in the field of psychol- 
ogy. Before her retirement, she 
worked as a program assistant 
at Washington State University's 
Disability Student Services for 
several years. Survivors include 
husband Roger, three children 
and seven grandchildren. 

'62 After 41 years of teaching 
chemistry at Pfeiffer University 
in North Carolina, Donald Jack- 
man retired in May, Evelyn 
Brackbill Jarrett was proud to 
represent Maryville College and 
President Gerald Gibson in the 
academic procession at the inau- 
guration of Anne Ponder as chan- 
cellor of the University of North 
Carolina-Asheville in September 
2006. Evelyn's first grandchild 
was born in December. 

'63 MEMORIAM: R. Dan 

Park, Feb. 1, in Houston, Texas. 
He earned his bachelor's degree 
from Cedarville College in Ohio 
and taught school for two years 
before beginning a career as 
a computer systems analyst. In 
retirement, he was an Internet 
radio deejay and registrar for the 
Parke Society, a genealogical 
research organization. Survivors 
include son Robert, two grand- 
children and three sisters. 

'64 Martha Hall Quigley is 

the director of the Bobby Davis 
Museum of Hazard, Ky Her most 
recent publication. Railroad- 
ing Around Hazard and Perry 
County, was released in July 
2006. Accompanied by histori- 
cal photos from the museum, 
her text tells the story of the 
area before the opening of the 
railroad. In October 2006, Steve 
and Barbara Berg Rago spent 
three weeks on a Mediterranean 
cruise with friends Ed Ziegler 
'63 and wife Nancy 

65 Bonnie Eraser is still 
teaching conflict management 
at Champlain (Vt.) College and 

expected to publish a workbook 
in spring 2007 on nonviolent 
communication for college stu- 
dents. She is also a clerk at 
Burlington Friends Meeting. 

'6/ Paula Marledaughter 

is preparing for a one-woman 
show of 54 of her quilts in Janu- 
ary 2008 at the Arts Center of 
the Ozarks in Springdale, Arkan- 
sas. "Everyone welcome!" she 
wrote the College. Joyce Pigge, 
a political science professor at 
Bethany (Kan.) College for 37 
years, was presented the 2007 
Donna Meredith Humphreys 
Award for Teaching. According 
to a press release distributed by 
the college, "The award is given 
to the professor who exhibits 
excellence in teaching, success 
in exciting intellectual curiosity 
in students, fellow teachers and 
others, concern for students and 
concern for fostering leadership 
and responsible character." In 
July, she participated in "Pueblo 
Ingles" in Madrid and Cazoria, 
Spain. Later, she traveled to 
Perth, Scotland, and was able 
to attend the British Open at 
Carnoustie. Don Story and wife 
Carol received the "Pride of 
Tennessee" award for their dedi- 
cation to the community and 
community service. The award 
was presented by Blount County 
Mayor Jerry Cunningham during 
the annual tree lighting of the 
Hometown Christmas celebra- 
tion on Nov. 30, 2006. Robert 
Young is a teacher in the Berke- 
ley Unified School District. He 
lives in Richmond, Calif. 
MEMORIAM: Irvine D. "Bud" 
Prather, April 15, in Fort Worth, 
Texas. Following graduation 
from MC, he served as a lieu- 
tenant and infantry platoon 
leader, 25th Infantry Division, in 
Vietnam. After returning from 
duty, he became a captain in 
the U.S. Army infantry active 
reserve. During his time as a 
physician, he practiced medicine 
in West Virginia before moving 
to Fort Worth. He built a nation- 
ally recognized family practice 
residency program at the UNT 
Health Science Center. He 

established the Hyperbaric Oxy- 
gen Treatment Center at OMCT 
before moving to Harris Hospital 
to become medical director 
at Harris Wound Healing and 
Hyperbaric Medicine Center. 
Survivors include wife Jean, two 
children and one sister. 

'68 In March, Jayne Smith 
Carie and husband Earl wrote 
the College to report the death 
of their son and only child, Todd, 
a commercial pilot who was 
caught in an unexpected storm. 

years, I finally found the right 
woman for me. We are building 
a house here [in Centerville, La.] 
and will finally retire." 

69 Brian Childs was named a 
professor in the graduate faculty 
of the University of Maryland 
University College in addition 
to being director of ethics and 
organizational development at 
Shore Health Systems, University 
of Maryland Medical System. 
Don Elia, head wrestling coach 
at Carson-Newman College, 


authored his seventh book, Fi'om Rio 
to the Rio Grande, Challenges and 
Opportunities in Latin America, 
which can now be ordered online 
at atlasbooks.coni. 

MacHarg, who has lived in Panama, 
Ecuador and Costa Rica and has set 
foot in almost every Latin American country, has written 
hundreds of articles about the region for newspapers 
and magazines. Before retiring to CarroUton, Ga., he 
was professor of mass media and communication at the 
Evangelical University of the Americas in San Jose, Costa 
Rica. Wife Polly Ballantine MacHarg '65 established 
the ESL program at tlie university, which is now the larg- 
est at the university. 

A summary of the book printed by its publisher reads: 
"Political instability, leftist governments, environmental 
problems, poverty, corruption and open borders that 

allow drugs, terrorists and millions of immi- 
grants into the United States are challenges 
jfrom our nearest neighbor, Latin America. 
\ Events south of our border are affecting us 
[daily and changing our society, yet, to our 
Iperil, we ignore this region at our door- 
Lstep. Now, Kenneth D. MacHarg writes 
] in an easy-to-read, journalistic style about 
Latin America, its people, issues and 
oppormnities. And, he helps us to understand die 
unique characteristics Latin American immigrants bring 
that are changing our culttire." 

Said hlr. Clyde Taylor, a former U.S. Ambassador to 
Paraguay: "This book offers both to the Latinfile and 
Latin novice an excellent sweep of key topical issues. 
MacHarg's lively writing benefits firom a lifetime of living 
among and appreciating our Latin neighbors." 

Alumni News & Notes fall 2007 | 7 


down Report, W.I.N, magazine 
and Amateur Wrestling News. 
With 447 wins and counting, he 
moved to No. 9 on the "all-time" 
list and to No. 3 spot among 
active coaches. Don wrote the 
College: "I have truly been 
blessed! God put me in touch 
with Coach J.D. Davis many years 
ago, and he changed my life. I 
know Coach still walks at my side 
today" Richard Karns is now a 
member at large of the Scioto 
Valley (Ohio) Presbytery. 
MARRIAGE: Hugh Livingston to 
Deborah Franzus, April 7. 

70 Harry Burnette was one 

of eight attorneys named Fel- 
lows of the Chattanooga Bar 
Association. Election is based on 
career in the law and contribu- 
tions to the community. Sharon 
Sergeant Cox and her family 
live m Lawton, Okla. She tutors 
in Spanish and teaches Sunday 
School. Husband Steve works 
as supervisor for the Red Cross 
Call Center at Ft. Sill. They have 
a daughter in college and one 
who's working fulltime. Kathleen 
Saint Curlee retired from her 

job as an assistant administrator 
for child welfare for the state of 
Oregon on Jan. 31, 2006. She 
welcomed her first grandson on 
March 25, 2007. Eileen Myers 
Zimmerman and husband Mike 
continue to work part-time for 
AYUSA Global Youth Exchange 
and are hosting a young lady 
from Brazil this year. Eileen con- 
tinues to teach and work as the 
regional director for AYUSA from 
Marion County, Fla., through the 
Tampa Bay area. She wrote the 
College: "I would love to hear 
from MC friends!" 

71 Lynda Luck Stansbury 

has been newly appointed at the 
University of California- Riverside 
as director of development for 
the university's college of human- 
ities, arts and social sciences. 
MEMORIAMS: Thomas Faux, 
Jr., March 29, in Newark, Del. 
He took his degree in physics 
and worked for Worthy Bros. 
Pipeline Construction, later 
known as Worthy Construction 
Company for 35 years as a field 
supervisor He was a member 
of Calvary Presbyterian Church. 

Survivors include wife Emma, 
four children, seven grandchil- 
dren, his parents, and two sisters. 
■ Daniel L. Rhone, June 7, in 
New Jersey, following a diagno- 
sis of pancreatic cancer. Daniel 
had retired from teaching on 
Dec. 22, 2006. He had been a 
church choir director for more 
than 25 years. Survivors include 
wife Diane Caruso Rhone '73, 
two children and their families, 
and his parents. 

72 Jean Fiedler Buckley 

continues to teach preschool in 
the Long Branch (N.J), public 
school system. She is the teacher 
of a bilingual class and is work- 
ing on her master's in early 
childhood at Kean University. 
Ed Bush is currently working in 
the pharmaceutical clinical trial 
industry and manages laboratory 
testing in Europe, South Africa 
and South America. He and wife 
Myrna Tener Bush live in Bristol, 
Tenn. Paul E. Grice works for 
the National GEO Spatial-Intel- 
ligence Agency at McDill AFB 
and has completed two deploy- 
ments to Iraq in the past two 

years. Nena Bowen Ickes is a 

product lead in the Health Infor- 
mation Systems division of 3M in 
Silver Spring, Md. She serves as 
president of the OIney Chapter 
Friends of the Library and sings 
in the church choir 
MEMORIAM: John Powell, 
June 12, in San Antonio, Texas. 
Following MC, he received 
master's degrees in journalism, 
history and library information 
science. He was manager of 
the Forest Hills Library and a 
longtime librarian for the Boerne 
(Texas) Public Library. At the 
time of his death, he had almost 
completed a doctoral program 
in library information science. His 
obituary read, in part: "John had 
a profound appreciation for both 
the arts and science and will 
be remembered for his love of 
learning." Survivors include wife 
Elzbieta Izbicka and their two 
children; two siblings: and par- 
ents Leon and Ruby Jean Harris 
Powell '51. 

74 After serving eight years 
as the general sessions judge 
for Cumberland (Tenn.) County, 


launched a campaign to raise $50,000 to create an endov^fed 
fiind to memorialize Dr. Carolyn L. Blair, who passed away 
Aug. 17. (See front pa^e for obituary.) 

Blair served Maryville for nearly 40 years as an English 

professor, dean, academic vice president and department chair. 

The three classmates and former students of Blair, Sarah 

Pledger Fechter '55 of Truss\'ille, Ala., Abby 

Crosby McKean '55 of Columbus, Ohio, and 

Joe Gilliland '55 of Asheville, N.C., envision 

the income from the fijnd creating an annual 

scholarship for jimior or senior English 

majors. Working with the College's 

development oflice, they are also 

consulting with Arthur Biishing 

'43, retired professor of English 

and long-time colleague of Blair. 

Creation of the Blair Award 

will assist the College's current 

"Our Window of OpportunitA'" campaign, which, among 
other initiatives, seeks to boost the MC endowment by $20 
million. It also is one of two ways that aliraini can specifically 
honor Blair. (Details of a fimdraising initiati\'e to honor several 
"Legends of Anderson Hall" will be forthcoming.) 

"Dr. Carolyn Blair meant so much to hundreds of 
MaryviUians as a teacher, mentor and friend," Fechter, 
McKean and GiUiland said in a joint statement. "Although 
not a graduate of Maryville College herself, she served our 
alma mater selflessly and conscientiously, and endeared herself 
to several generations of students. We hope many of those 
will join us in this effort to create a living memorial in 
her honor." 

Pledges and gifts to the Blair Award are being sought 
during the current fiscal year, which will end May 31, 
2008. Pledges may be paid over a three-year period. 

For more information, contact HoUy Jackson Ludlow, 
assistant Nice president for development, at 865.273.8884 

8 I Alumni News &■ Notes f All 2007 


Steven Douglas has joined the 
Plateau Group, Inc., an insurance 
holding company, as general 
counsel. Government Technol- 
ogy magazine recently named 
Doug Robinson, executive 
director of the National Associa- 
tion of State Chief Information 
Officers (NASCIO) among its 
listing of "25 Top Doers, Dream- 
ers and Drivers of 2006." Doug, 
who lives in Lexington, Ky, was 
recognized for his "efforts in 
identifying health IT as an issue 
of great significance for states, 
and for advancing the role of the 
state CIO as a key component 
of enterprise architecture plan- 
ning in the health IT arena," 
according to a NASCIO press 
release. Judson Stone serves as 
assistant chaplain to the Lamar 
High School football team and 
spoke at the Texas Christian 
University FCA huddle in Fort 
Worth, Texas. Son Nathaniel 
has been deployed to Iraq with 
the U.S. Army. Sean Sullivan 
resigned his tenured associate 
professorship at the University 
of Florida College of Pharmacy 
to accept a position with VIcal, 
Inc., a genetic company in La 
Jolla, Calif. In February, he wrote 
that he and his family were in the 
process of moving to San Diego. 

75 Lorraine Wood is newly 
single. With adult children "on 
their own," she recently moved 
Into a new condo in Clayton, 
Ohio. Steven Yuhasz recently 
directed the Rodgers and Ham- 
mersteln musical, "The King and 
I," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in 
Ogunqult, Me. The cast included 
Lorenzo Lamas, Rachel deBene- 
det and Paolo Montalban. 
MEMORIAM: Jack Boone, 
March 18, Augusta, Ga. Follow- 
ing his graduation from MC, he 
earned his law degree from the 
Woodrow Wilson College of 
Law in Atlanta. He served as an 
assistant district attorney for the 
Augusta Judicial Circuit and later 
opened his own private prac- 
tice, where he worked for more 
than 20 years before joining the 
circuit's Public Defenders Office. 
He was a member of Covenant 

Presbyterian Church and the 
Savannah Riverfront Men's Club. 
Survivors include wife Julie and 
their two sons. 

7o Amy Wynn Lancaster- 
Brown Is in her 30th year of 
practice as a psychologist in 
Paducah, Ky Sheryl Lay Cowan 

Is an assistant director in the Uni- 
versity of Miami's (Fla.) Division 
of Continuing and International 

77 Last November, Vicki 
Parsons Duling was named the 
Assistant Principal of the Year 
by the Virginia Association of 
Elementary School Principals. In 
January 2007, she became the 
principal of Franklin Sherman 
Elementary School in McLean. 
Husband Tom continues to 
work with Harris Corporation as 
a systems engineer. Veronica 
Torrey Sawdon Kosky recently 
accepted a position as instructor 
of English at the Department of 
Defense Language Institute at 
Lackland Air Force Base in San 
Antonio, Texas, where "oppor- 
tunities exist for challenging 
teaching and overseas travel," 
she wrote the College. Nancy 
Lynn Shamblin West and hus- 
band Michael celebrated their 
25th wedding anniversary In 
September. Their oldest son is 

a freshman at the University of 
Tennessee-Knoxville and their 
other son is In the 8th grade. 

78 Julie Clements Chapman 

recently opened a "BounceU" 
franchise in Greensboro, N.C. An 
Indoor party place, BounceU is 
popular among children because 
of its giant interactive inflatable 
equipment and arcade games. 
In May, Gary EIrod emailed the 
College to report that he was 
on his second deployment In 
Iraq with the 1 175th Transpor- 
tation Company, Tennessee 
Army National Guard. "Looks 
like I will miss another class 
reunion this year," he added. 
He would love to receive email 
from friends at oldmanelrod® Bonnie Holsinger 
O'Donnell recently became 

program director for an intensive 
in-home mental health program 
for adolescents and their fami- 
lies. She has a daughter who Is 
In graduate school, one who 
recently earned her undergradu- 
ate degree, and another who 
is in high school. Following the 
release of "You Come Walk- 
ing In," her third CD of original 
songs, she hosted both song- 
writing projects and folk con- 
certs In her area. 

79 Alfonso Granata is an 

industrial engineer at PeGran, 
S.A. In Santo Domingo, Domini- 
can Republic. 

80 Betty Julian and husband 
Kevin Julian '81 live and work in 
New Jersey but enjoy vacationing 
in Naples, Fla., in their condo on 
the Gulf of Mexico. Son Daniel 
enrolled at the College of the 
Holy Cross in Massachusetts. 

'82 PowerBites.- 30 Ways 
to Reclaim and Sustain Your 
Personal Power, an interactive 
workbook written by M. Cathy 
Angell, recently went on sale. 
The workbook "leads the reader 
through a straightforward and 
empowering process of Iden- 
tifying power-leaks, choosing 
attainable goals and creating 
simple action steps," according 
to its publisher. For more info, 
visit Angel is 
the award-winning author of 
My Spirit Flies: Portraits and 
Prose of Women in Their Power 
George Cassutto has earned 
a master's of education degree 
from George Mason University 
in Fairfax, Va., in curriculum and 
instruction with an emphasis 
on educational technology 
He continues to teach civics In 
Hamilton, Va., and lives In Knox- 
ville, Md. Following the death of 
her father in 2005, Page Harris 
became the primary caretaker of 
her frail mother. She, her mother 
and family live in Mt. Pleasant, 
S.C. "I would appreciate hearing 
from any fellow Maryville alumni 
who are experiencing the same 
issues," she wrote the College 
in January. 

83 Faith Thompson McClure 

and her husband recently moved 
to Steamboat Springs, Colo., a 
skiing community, for a change 
to a small-town life. 
MEMORIAM: Wayne Thomas 
Foster, April 8, 2006, in Knox- 
ville. He served in the U.S. Navy 
and was aboard the USS Redfin 
Submarine. He was retired from 
the U.S. Postal Service after 
37 years. Active in church and 
community, he was a member 
of Immanuel Baptist Church 
and past president of the South 
Knoxvllle Optimist Club. Survi- 
vors include wife Cloa, two 
children and their families. 

84 In April, David Raulerson, 
Ben Hornsby '85, Steve Sipple 
'85 and John Taylor '92 met in 

Little Rock, Ark., for their annual 
charity marathon run. "All partic- 
ipants beat their previous Little 
Rock time and enjoyed a few 
days of sharing their Maryville 

David Paschal (center) is 
now a member of Maryville 
College's Class of 2011 and 
the tliird person in his family 
to make die MC campus his 
home. His grandmodier is 

Kathy Kerns Vousden 

'56 (left); his mother is 

Andrea Vousden Paschal 

'84 (ri^ht). A story about 
David's decision to enroll, 
which includes a listing of 
other legacies in the freshman 
class, is posted on maryvil- (Search on 

Alumni News &■ Notes FALL 2007 | 9 


memories," David wrote. "Next 
year's event and location is 
already being discussed...." 

86 Rick Carver was pro- 
moted to associate athletic 
director at Bethany College in 
West Virginia in August 2006. 
He is still the head baseball 
coach and associate professor 
of physical education and sport 
studies. In January, Stacey Davis 
Nordquist was among three 
Maryville attorneys selected as 
finalists to fill the Fifth Circuit 
Judgeship in the Blount County 
Circuit Court. 

8/ chin Whan Cho is a net- 
work specialist at Grossmont 
College in El Cajon, Calif. 
John Heidelberg and Karia 
Beard Heidelberg are now 
on the faculty of the biology 
department at the University of 

Southern California. He main- 
tains an active lab that studies 
marine microbes using emerging 
technologies in environmental 
genomics. Her research area is in 
marine environmental genomics. 
The family lives and works at the 
Wrigley Marine Science Center 
on Catalina Island. 

88 Marjorie Day Richardson 

has opened a retail bakery in 
Seymour, Tenn. She also writes 
that daughter Amy Richardson 
'04 recently returned home from 
teaching English in South Korea 
for a year 

89 Kirk Burdick is a success- 
ful artist/ illustrator and teacher 
to rural kids in Coastal, Ga. He 
and his wife write that they "love 
the beach life and wish every- 
one well." Christian Kaijser has 
transitioned out of his role as 

a partner in VACO and is cur- 
rently pursuing his passion to 
develop and operate companies 
in such roles as CEO/COO, VP of 
operations, trouble shooter and 
start-up expert. After working in 
Sweden from 1994 until 2003, he 
is now working in Glendale, Ariz. 
Jennifer Worth Spirko accepted 
a position as the thesis/disserta- 
tion consultant at the University 
Tennessee's Graduate School. 
Wendi Jo Medlin Uselton is 
working as the director of Hos- 
pice and Palliative Care Center in 
Stokes County, N.C. She is also 
working on her master's degree 
in nursing. Her oldest daughter 
is in high school and her other 
daughter is in the 4th grade. 
"Please send good vibes my way 
in hopes that I will one day get 
to use the bathroom mirror in 
peace again," she wrote. 

90 Peggy Lynn Kilgore was 

tenured at Tennessee Tech Uni- 
versity June 29. She teaches in 
the English department. 
BIRTH: Victoria Conwell Lane 

and husband Keith Lane '93, 
a daughter. Lakes Meriwether, 
March 14, 2006. 

'91 Betty Jo Dailey Ashworth 

accepted a position as educa- 
tion quality coordinator in Blount 
Memorial Hospital's Surgical 
Services. Husband Charles is 
the clinical director of radiology 
for the East Tennessee Medical 
Group. Peggy Bratt was hon- 
ored with the Tennessee Athletic 
Trainers Society's 2007 Sandy 
Sandlin High School Athletic 
Trainer of the Year Award. She is 
the director of outreach services 
at Appalachian Therapy Center 
in Maryville and serves as the 
athletic trainer for every sport 



lege has needed gifts to support its day-to-day, operational 
expenses, but today, alumni will no longer receive solicitations 
asking for support of the "Annual Fund." 

Instead, those direct-mail pieces and phonathon callers 
will be talking up the "Maryville Fund." By renairdng the 
Annual Fund this summer, administrators hope that people 
will more easily under- 
stand - and then support 

- the cause. 

"Any institution can 
have an annual fund, but 
only Maryville College 

can have 'The Marwille Fund,'" explained Jason McNcal, 
\ice president for advancement and communit\' relations at the 
College. "With this name change, we hope to remind people 
that with their gi\ing, they're helping others ha\e a transfor- 
mational, high-quality and very unique educational experience 

- a Maryville experience." 

The backbone of fimdraising at the liberal arts college, the 
Mar^aille Fund supports institutional scholarships, the Scots 
Club athletics program, academic programs, academic-related 
equipment and library operations, among other necessities. 

"We have many big campaigns underway, such as fiandrais- 

ing for the civic arts center, but the Mar\'\ille Fund represents 
that ongoing support for our College," McNeal said. "Sup- 
porting the Maryville Fund touches every student, e\er\' da\' 
and helps the College pay its operational expenses so that MC 
can sustain its academic excellence and strengthen its position 
in higher education." 

During the 2006-2007, the College raised over $1.6 mil- 
^^ lion for the Annual 

Fund. Through the 
Annual Fund, earnings 
from endowments and 
other outside revenue 
sources, the College 
awarded $14 million in scholarships. 

"Tuition, fees, room and board paid by students co\'er 
roughly half of what it really costs to educate a MaryvUle Col- 
lege student," said Eric Bellah, director of the Mar\'\ille Fund. 
"The Maryville Fund will continue to play a \ital role in making 
the Maryville experience accessible to deserving students." 

For more information or to make a gift to the Mar\'\ille 
Fund, contact BeUah at 865.981.8225 or eric.beUah® Donations can also be made online. 
Visit\ille-fand.asp and 
click the "Make Your Gift Online" button. 

Maryville ft Fund 

10 I Alumni News 6'^ Notes fall 2007 

''... Alumni gifts make a differences^ 

An interview with Don Hickman, Alumni Association President 


'70 pulled his chair up to the tableof 
the Board of Directors, it felt some- 
what familiar. 

Hickman, who joined the Board 
by virtue of his position as president 
of the Maryville College National 
Alumni Association, was first a member of the College's 
governing body from 1970 until 1973. Back then, Board 
members were elected by the Synod of the Mid-South 
of the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and both 
Hickman and PENNY PROFFITT PIPER '69 were 
chosen to serve three -year terms. 

The selections were good 
ones. With the Board appoint- 
ments, Hickman and Piper, 
who both had been active and 
engaged students, became 
active and engaged alumni. 

In an August 1970 
Maryville College Bulletin 
introducing the new board 
members, Hickman is quot- 
ed: "My concerns for the 
fliture of higher education 
at Mar)'\^ille College are 
genuine. I feel that higher 
education must be free to 
search for truth and once 
that truth is found, be free to live that truism. To reason, to 
discover, to experience and to develop assumptions based 
upon that experience have to be considered the goals of 
higher education." 

Answering questions earlier this fall posed by the edi- 
tor oi Alumni News &■ Notes, Hickman again stressed his 
interest in the fiiture of Maryville College, the importance 
of the type of education Maryville provides and the need 
for alumni to become engaged in the life of the College 
and to support their alma mater. 

The Maryville College Alumni Board, which Hickman 
heads, has annually committed itself to helping the College 
reach its goals for the Mary\'ille Fund. (See adjacent story.) 
For FY 08, these Fund goals include 40 percent alumni 
participation and $1.75 million from all sources. 

Here, Hickman shares his view of philanthropy as it 
relates to Maryville College: 

A photo of Hickman and Piper 

ran on tine front page of the 

August 1970 Bulletin. 

AN&N: Why do you annually support MC? 
HICKMAN: I support the Maryville Fund each year for 
a few basic reasons. Since my graduation, I have seen the 
College grow in terms of quality and quantity. It has devel- 
oped a national reputation as a top liberal arts college. 
That's been validated by U.S. News and World Reports 
magazine. Most important to me, the College remains 
loyal to its primary mission - educating young people 
while becoming a distinctive, values-based college. As an 
alumnus, I want to support this continuing growth. 
AN&N: Why do you think alumni participation 
is important? 

HICKMAN: For years, the Annual Fund (now the 
Maryville Fund) has been an important part of provid- 
ing an excellent education for students. Tuition and fees 
can't cover the full cost of the Maryville experience. 
The Fund dollars create opportunities for learning and 
growth that otherwise might not exist. 
AN&N: What would you say to alumni to encourage 
them to give? 

HICKMAN: Financial support for the Maryville Fund 
demonstrates a depth and breath of confidence in the 
College by those of us closest to it. Frankly, our alumni 
must demonstrate continued support for the Fund if 
we want outside constituents to step forward with their 
resources. Our alumni gifts make a difference. Every gift 
helps the College improve its service to students. Every 
gift helps to maintain the College's strength and viability. 
More than anything, our contributions demonstrate how 
caring we are as alumni. 

AN&N: Over the years, you have directed some of your 
giving to the Maryville Fund by designating support to the 
SCOTS Club. Can you say more about designated gifts? 
HICKMAN: Alumni may opt to designate their gifts 
to specific program areas such as intercollegiate sports, 
academic programs, the library, faculty/staff salaries and 
scholarships. These designated gifts, which are all under 
the Maryville Fund umbrella, help to strengthen pro- 
grams and facilities and make the MC experience unique 
for students. Of course, unrestricted donations are also 
essential for enabling the College to meet the daily 
expenses of maintaining a quality educational environ- 
ment. Goals for the Fund ($10 million over six years) are 
included in the College's "Our Window of Opportunity" 
capital campaign, so donors to the Fund are also partici- 
pating in the current campaign. 

Alumni News &■ Notes f All 2007 I 11 



KATHRYN MARTIN, who taught Spanish 
and French at Maryville College from 1950 
until 1986, passed away May 3 in Maryville. 

She earned bachelor's and master's degrees 
from Vanderbilt University in 1941 and 1943, 

During her teaching years, she traveled 
extensively throughout Europe and Latin 

America, and was a member of various professional language 

teaching organizations. 

Survivors include one nephew, two great nieces and one 

great nephew. In memory of their loved one, the Martin 

family requested that donations be made to the College. 


administrative assistant for the College's health 
and physical education department from 1980 
until 1994, died Feb. 11 in Knoxville. 

Recognized during Commencement 
exercises in 1987 with the Nancy B. Hunter 
Outstanding Staff Award, she was described 
as a "general factotum" in her department. 
"When information needs to be passed up or down the 
line, when a record needs to be foimd or a schedule filled 
in, when there's something to see about for equipment or 
maintenance - and frequendy when there's a letter to be 
typed, this staffer is cheerfijlly getting the job done," the 
president read during the award presentation. 

Surx'ivors include children J. Andrew Hunt '92 
and Mary Beth Hunt Warwick '93, their spouses and 
children; and two brothers. 

at Alcoa High School. Mark 
Smelser is in his sixth year as 
owner/operator of Pal's #17 in 
Kingsport, Tenn. He spends time 
raising three children and run- 
ning marathons. 

92 For the last three years, 
Sandra Brennan has been the 
manager of "Letters," a gift shop 
on the edge of the University of 
Alabama's campus in Tuscaloosa. 
An active member of First Chris- 
tian Church in Tuscaloosa, she 
serves as president of the wom- 
en's fellowship, chairperson of 
the worship committee, member 

of the chancel choir, director of 
children's fellowship and choirs 
and "Chief Hotdog Griller" 
before UA football games. "If 
anyone is in T-town on a game 
day, park in the church lot and 
join us for lunch!" she wrote. 
Melissa Pankake joined the 
news service department at 
Vanderbilt University. 
BIRTHS: James Sparks and 
wife Terra, a daughter, Oakley 
Carolyn, March 3, 2006. Charlie 
Wiggins and wife Tracy, twins, 
son Brock Jackson and daughter 
Bailey Isabelle, April 24. 

93 Amy Bontager is self- 
employed as a massage thera- 
pist in Plantation, Fla. Helen 
Scott is a Programmer Analyst at 
the Paradies Shops. 

BIRTHS: Scott Porter and wife 
Ashley, twin daughters, Kara and 
Macy, Aug. 17, 2005. (Macy and 
Kara, from China, were adopted 
by the couple in September 
2006.) Paula Eaker Priddy and 
husband James, a boy, Jared, 
Oct. 10,2006. 

MEMORIAM: Romulus Linney 
Meares III, June 14, in Maryville. 
Survivors include three children, 
his father and "ibu" Rom and 
Tutik Meares, three siblings 
and grandmother 

94 Ayesha Dastgir is living in 
Dhaka, Bangladesh, and working 
as a programme communica- 
tion and information officer for 
Oxfam GB. Jeff Huffman works 
as a graphic designer at WaMu 
(Washington Mutual Bank). He 
and his family have been living 
near Seattle for 1 1 years. 
Jennifer McCafferty-Cepero 
lost her husband, Enrique Cep- 
ero, to a three-year battle with 
cancer on November 4, 2006. 
Last year, Howard Myrick was 
presented the U.S. Department 
of the Navy Meritorious Civilian 
Service Award. 
MARRIAGE: Tami Rowland 
Khashman to Donald Yager, 
June 9. 

BIRTHS: Mike and Suzanne 
Long Averill, a son, Silas James, 
Dec. 14, 2006. Chad Brown and 
wife Cynthia, a daughter Chloe 
Renee, May 29. Jennifer McCaf- 
ferty-Cepero and late husband 
Enrique, twin daughters. Ana 
Laura and Katerina Mari, Nov 15, 
2006. Karen Beaty Eldridge and 
husband Mark, a son, Andrew 
Blake, Jan. 5. Jeff Huffman and 
wife Wakaba, a son, Leo Jake, 
July 21, 2006. 

95 Shedrick McCall is now 

program director for Associated 
Behavioral Outcomes and 
Developmental Experts of 
Virginia (VABODE). 

96 Todd Anderson was 

assigned to the U.S. Embassy 
in Seoul in August 2007. 
Darren Dykes is living in 
Columbia, Tenn., and working 
as a pharmacist with Walgreens. 
Kelly Garrison Nash began her 
position as a school counselor 
with the Knox County (Tenn.) 
School System in August 2006. 
MARRIAGES: James Lee Car- 
penter, Jr. to Jessica Sostheim, 
Apnl 29, 2006. Julie Nachman to 
Joel G. Adelman, April 10, 2006. 
BIRTH: Todd Anderson and 
wife Lucia, a son, Andrew 
MacKlnlay, Jan. 10. 

9/ Kyle Duke started a new 
job with the Insight Healthcare 
Financial, Inc., a startup company 
in Nashville, TN. 
BIRTHS: Wendy Sisk Ball and 
husband Eric, a son, Ryan, Nov 
23, 2006 Steven Huskins and 
wife Laura, a daughter, Hailey 
Rose, March 30. Adam Ray 
and wife Kerry O'Keefe Ray a 
daughter Camryn Lynn, Aug. 7, 
2006. David Wagner and wife, 
Amanda, a son, Zachary David, 
March 28. 

98 Wes Farragut, vice presi- 
dent of Citizens National Bank 
in Sevierville, Tenn., has been 
elected vice president of the 
Young Bankers Division of the 
Tennessee Bankers Association. 
Joshua Goocey graduated from 
Wake Forest University Divinity 
School and has been called to 
serve as senior minister at First 
Christian Church of Wilson, N.C. 
He previously served as the 
minister of Salem Fork Christian 
Church in Dobson, N.C. Clay 
Stalcup completed his master's 
degree in public health in the 
summer of 2007. Chucky Yates 
is the store manager at Wal- 
greens in Knoxville. 
BIRTHS: Rebecca Kiefer Sea- 
baugh and husband Chad, a son, 
Tyler, Feb 4 Amy Jones Thoma- 
son and husband Timothy, a son, 
Patrick Reid, February 15. Nicho- 
las White and wife Lora, a son, 
NolanMichael, June9, 2006. 

12 I Alumni News &■ Notes fail 2007 


MARRIAGE: D. Lee Simmons 

to Brandi Jones, June 16. 

'99 In July, Rebecca Bow- 
man Johnson wrote to say that 
she was working for the Boys & 
Girls Clubs of Blount County but 
would soon begin training for 
D & S Residential Services, an 
assisted living facility that caters 
to the mentally and physically 
challenged. Heather Menefee 
Seibei is owner and operator of 
Smeather's Cakes in Leesburg, 
Va. Her business web site is 
BIRTHS: Amanda McAllister 
Dietz and husband Stephen, 
a son, Blanton Lee, April 4. 
Rebecca Bowman Johnson 
and husband Joe, a son, Kevin 
Duane, March 28. Rebecca 
Greaser Kerr and husband 
Tommy, a daughter, Kaylee Ann, 
May 8. 

00 Kathy Brown lives in 
Cropwell, Ala., and teaches ninth 
grade world history at Munford 
High School. She also coaches 
volleyball and softball. David 
Conner was recently named vice 
president of Foothills Bank & 
Trust in Maryville. He was previ- 
ously a loan officer and assistant 
vice president at BB&T Adriel 
McCord was promoted to Blount 

County president and client 
advisor for SunTrust Bank in 
April. Employed by SunTrust in 
its Maryville and Knoxville mar- 
kets for seven years, he is also a 
registered representative of Sun- 
Trust Investment Services, Inc. 
Joette Russell Tanner earned 
a doctorate in chemistry from 
the University of North Caro- 
lina at Chapel Hill in May 2006. 
Last fall, she took a position as 
a fulltime faculty member at 
Alamance Community College 
in Graham, N.C. Maxim Wil- 
liams completed Ph.D. work and 
became a doctoral candidate in 
2005. In March, he wrote that he 
was completing his dissertation, 
which focuses on racial identity 
and its relationship to manage- 
ment coaching. He works as a 
consultant and executive coach 
in Southern California; his largest 
client is the San Diego Airport. 
MARRIAGE: Tyrel Justin "TJ." 
Emory to Amanda Lee Farr, 
April 14. 

BIRTHS: Whitney Black Dee 
and husband Jonathan, a 
daughter, Kaitlyn Elizabeth, Aug. 
1, 2006 Parri Sikes Thurman 
and husband Todd, a daughter 
Karenna Pearson, Feb. 9. 

01 Amye Cole lives at Lake 
Tahoe, Calif, and enjoys back- 

country skiing and rock climb- 
ing on the granite of Donner 
Summit. For the past four years, 
she has traveled internationally, 
recruiting for the Squaw Valley 
Boarding School for grades 6-12. 
She was expecting to complete 
her MBA in May 2007. Valerie 
Malyvanh Jansen is living in 
Chicago with her family and is 
attending the University of Chi- 
cago working towards her MD/ 
PhD degree. "Alums in the area, 
please contact me! " she wrote. 
In February, Robert Krysinsky 
wrote that he was stationed at 
Fort Gordon, Ga. A linguist, he 
currently holds the rank of ser- 
geant. Stanley Sisk graduated 
from the University of Tennessee 
College of Dentistry in May 2006. 
He opened a new dental prac- 
tice. Oral Care Partners, in Alcoa. 
MARRIAGES: Branham Lovin- 
good to Kenzie Robinson, June 
9. Michael Tiller to Jama McCla- 
nahan '03, May 27. 
BIRTH: Ron Hees and wife 
Kristin, a daughter, Olivia Grace, 
May 5, 2006. 

02 Courtney Alexander was 

named Teacher of the Year at 
Northwest Middle School in 
Knoxville. She teaches a special 
program to help students who 
are underachieving perform at 

higher levels. Suzanne Benton 

received her medical degree 
from East Tennessee State Uni- 
versity's James H. Quillen Col- 
lege of Medicine in May 2007. 
She is currently completely her 
residency training in psychiatry in 
Johnson City Tenn. Leslie Dar- 
nell graduated with Pro Bono 
Honors from Florida Coastal 
School of Law. She's now living in 
Tennessee and studying for the 
bar exam. Maggie Daum is liv- 
ing in Birmingham, Ala., and has 
been employed with Ameriprise 
for three years, acting as an advi- 
sor coach and personal financial 
advisor She recently obtained 
the CRPC professional designa- 
tion, Chartered Retirement Plan- 
ning Counselor Brenda Gadd 
is now a research analyst for the 
Senate Environment, Conserva- 
tion and Tourism Committee 
for the Tennessee General 
Assembly. Reba Hensley cel- 
ebrated the birth of her second 
grandchild in September 2006. 
Jason Khodadad achieved the 
Six Sigma Masters Certification 
from Villanova University and 
is now the president of Kaizon 
Initiatives and Investment Strate- 
gies, LLC, in Madison, Wis. Josh 
Kinnetz is teaching modern 
world history and African-Ameri- 
can studies at Watkins Mill High 



named assistant director of development at 
Maryville College this summer. Caputo, who 
joined the Advancement Office on June 18, is 
responsible for the plan- 
ning and implementation 
of events, programs and 

fundraising initiatives specifically targeted 

for young alumni. 

After graduating from MC, Caputo 

enrolled at the University of Tennessee- 

Knoxville, earning a master's degree in 

college student personnel in 2003. While 

at UT-K, she worked as a graduate assistant 

in new student orientation and held intern- 

"Katherine brings enthusiasm 

to this position and, CIS an aluMTia 

of the College, she fundamentally 

understands the MaryvUle 
experience. We are excited about having her 

help us advance our College 
with youn£ alumni. " 

Vice President for Advancement 8c Communitv Relations 

ships in student activities and alumni and development affairs. 

In 2004-2005, she was a sales representative for R8cB Sales, 

earning the North Florida and Southeast Representative of the 

Month awards. Most recendy, she was a sales and marketing 

assistant for Blackstone Country Club in 

Peoria, Ariz. 

Caputo is a third-generation Maryville 
College alumna. Her parents, Ed '68 
and Caroline Miinn Best '72, graduat- 
ed fi-om the College, as well as her grand- 
parents Ed '36 and Lynn Ann Brown 
Best '36 and Sarah Enloe Miinn '47. 
Caputo's sister and brother-in-law, Sarah 
Best Campbell '99 and Joel Campbell 
'99, are also alumni. 

Alumni News & Notes r ALL 2007 | 13 


School in Gaithersburg, Md. He 
is also the coach of the varsity 
girls' soccer team and indoor 
tracl<team. In February, he wrote 
that he expected to complete 
his master's degree in education 
during summer 2007, Kendra 
Stinnett Pesterfield earned a 
master's degree in instructional 
leadership from Tennessee Tech 
University in August 2006. David 
Ruble moved bacl< to Virginia 
and IS getting settled with Roa- 
noke Paries and Recreation and 
Grandin Gardens Institute. Anna 
Scofield is attending Southwest 
Acupuncture College in Boulder, 
Colo Alyssa Taylor Sharp is in 
her fifth year teaching at Central 
High School and is the advisor 
for the yearbook and the Anchor 
Club, an organization focused 
on volunteer work. 
MARRIAGES: Alyssa Taylor to 
Philip Sharp, June 1, 2006. Sarah 
Stutzman to Justin C. Ray Nov. 

BIRTHS: Jesse A Friedrich and 

wife, Stasi, a daughter, Kaitlyn 
L'anee, Jan. 2, 2007. Leslie 
Whitworth Jenkins and husband 
Bill, a daughter, Anna Kate, Oct. 
10, 2006. Jason Khodadad and 
wife Anne, a son, Wilson Daniel, 
April 11. Ryan Newhouse and 
wife Jessica, a daughter, Emmy 
Inge, July 8 Kendra Stinnett 
Pesterfield and husband Josh, a 
son. Sawyer Cale, Sept. 23, 2006. 
Rhonda Thames Smithson and 
husband Jake, a daughter, Han- 
nah, March 30. 

03 Rebecca Evans-Dennison 

passed the Minnesota Bar in 
2006. She is currently working as 
a judicial law clerk. Steven Dunn 
was awarded the Outstanding 
Teacher of American History 
for Blount County 2006-2007 
by the Mary Blount Chapter of 
the Daughters of the American 
Revolution. He teaches world 
history, psychology sociology 


In five months on the job, KATHERINE BEST 
CAPUTO '01 has been busy with young alumni initia- 
tives. (See story about new assistant director of development, 
previous pa£e.) 

In July, Caputo amiounced the organization of the 
College's Young Alumni Advisory Council. Representing 
alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years, the 
advisory council will, according to Caputo, "serve as leaders 
to help MC best serve the young alumni population effec- 
tively and purposeftilly." 

MEMBERS INCLUDE: Jason Thompson '97, Jason 
Brooks '97, Adam Ray '97, Tyler Bauer '98, Ashley 
Dicus '99, Brian Gossett '00, Lindsay Whitehurst '01, 
Branham Lovingood '01, Joseph Ballard '01, Bethany 
Brown '03, Rachael Garza '03, WUl Lehman '03, Hope 
Whitehead '03, Christie Latimer Knapper '04, Gary 
Drinner '04, Amanda Winn Painter '04, Arielle von 
Boettinger '05 and Tia Xixis '05. 

New web pages dedicated to young alumni news and 
programming are now on the College's web site, maryvil- In addition to con- 
tact information for Caputo, the site includes details about 
upcoming young alumni events, features on young alumni, 
tips for how to be an involved young alumnus/a and a link 
to the MC young alumni group on facebook. 

philosophy and reading and is 
also the head baseball coach at 
Alcoa High School. Katherine 
Frazor is the store manager of 
Toys R Us in Jacksonville, N.C. 
This summer, Wesley Lombardo 
was featured as an "Educator of 
the Week" on Knoxville's WBIR 
Channel 10. Jen Rock wrote the 
College recently: "I have pur- 
sued no further academic educa- 
tion after graduation. Instead, 
I found that there are plenty of 
things to learn and experience 
for free, and nothing has to be 
turned in on time." She currently 
resides in Knoxville, works two 
jobs and is in a psychedelic- 
folk band with two other MC 
graduates. In May, Molly Tveite 
earned her medical degree 
from the University of Louisville 
School of Medicine. She is 
working as an internal medicine 
resident at UT Chattanooga at 
Erianger Hospital. 
BIRTHS: Wesley Andrew 
Lombardo and wife Jodie, a son, 
William Myers, April 12,2006. 
Gisele Campos Santos and 
husband Adelmo, a son, 
Leonardo Davi, Jan. 27. 

04 Rachel Gossage Demi 

began her master's degree in 
nursing for nurse practitioners at 
Austin Peay State University. Eric 
Everett is now a financial analyst 
for ALCOA. Bethany Horvath 
has been promoted to marketing 
editor for the Fillauer Companies, 
Inc. She oversees the marketing 
materials for the five subsidiaries 
under the Fillauer Companies, 
including Fillauer LLC in Chat- 
tanooga, Motion Control in Salt 
Lake City, Hosmer Dorrance Cor- 
poration and Center for Orthot- 
ics Design, both in Campbell, 
Calif; and Centri in Sweden. All 
companies specialize in a field of 
orthotics and/or prosthetics. "I 
love working for companies that 
are making a difference in the 
world," she wrote. Sara O'Neal 
graduated from the University 
of Tennessee-Knoxville with a 
master's degree in computer 
science and has taken a job as 
a software engineer/data archi- 
tect with CadreS in Knoxville. 

Nick Osburn is now working in 
secondary marketing for Franklin 
American Mortgage in Franklin, 
Tenn Brandi Hill Smith is a co- 
manager with the Kroger Com- 
pany Abby Guider Thomas was 
selected as recipient of Loudon 
County's (Tenn.) "New Teacher of 
the Year" award. This is awarded 
to outstanding teachers during 
the first three years of their 

BIRTHS: Mary Sutton Boswell 
and husband Travis, a son, 
James Travis Boswell, April 12. 
Jason Bryan and Jenny Manners 
Bryan, a son. Jack Allen Bryan, 
April 4. 

'05 Brianna Merrill Cook is 

living in Maryville and working 
at Peninsula Village. Lauren 
Ferguson is an accounting asso- 
ciate for General Motors based 
in Knoxville. She is also doing 
motivational speaking to local 
high school juniors and seniors 
about the importance of having 
a college education and plans to 
try out for the CBS reality show 
"Big Brother." Sonja Hanchar is 
a graduate student in psychol- 
ogy at Portland State University 
in Oregon Lindsey Laughner 
transferred from Stetson Uni- 
versity College of Law to the 
University of Tennessee College 
of Law. In April, Kimberly Mil- 
lard graduated from Florida 
State University with a master's 
degree in financial mathematics. 
Arlo Nugent is teaching English 
in South Korea. Keith Shope is 
working toward his MBA from 
the University of Tennessee, 
concentrating in logistics and 
operations management. In 
April, Beth Davis Smith received 
the "Teacher of the Year" award 
from the University of Tennessee 
Mathematics Department. The 
award is given to a K-12 math- 
ematics teacher in recognition of 
excellent teaching, professional 
growth and service to the teach- 
ing profession. She currently 
teaches mathematics at Scott 
High School in Huntsville, Tenn. 
Emily Snow-Carter is an office 
manager for Market Street 
Solutions in Chattanooga. 

14 I Alumni News & Notes fki.1 2007 



MARRIAGES: Scarlet Bell to 

Joshua McKeel, March 17. 
Tessle Harrell to Adam Hen- 
derson, Oct. 20, 2006. Klmberly 
McDonough to James Todd, 
Jan 27. Brianna Merrill to 
Andrew Cook, March 24. Emily 
Snow to Jeffrey Carter II, June 
4, 2005. Greg Stanley to Katie 
Fondell, April 28. Jennifer 
Taylor to Jared Reagan, May 5. 

06 Adam Carringer is 

employed at the Olin Corpora- 
tion as an environmental special- 
ist. He lives in Riceville, Tenn. 
Jeffrey Gotcher is a financial 
advisor at Merrill Lynch, Pierce 
Fenner & Smith Inc., in Knoxville. 
Jimmy Makuach works as a 
senior programmes coordina- 
tor for Sudan Protection Aid 
(SUPRAID), based in Nairobi. 
Heather Prater Brummett 
recently became assistant para- 
legal for the law offices of Mayer 
& Newton in Knoxville. Eric 
Weatherbee is a tax accountant 
for Covenant Health in Knoxville. 
MARRIAGES: David Houbre to 
Heather Whisman, Oct. 14, 2006. 
Heather Prater to Timmy Brum- 
mett, Oct. 21,2006. 

07 Lindsay Moffett was 

crowned Miss Knoxville in June 
of 2007. Twins Justin and Mat- 
thew Price were hired at 
Anderson County (Tenn.) High 
School to be the offensive and 
defensive football coordinators, 
respectively 09 


Departs For 

New Position 

In New York 

At a reception held July 
31 in the Bradford Sitting 
Room of Bartlett Hall, a 
teary Kelly Franklin said farewell to a 
teary group of colleagues, college admin- 
istrators, former students and community 
members that packed the room and spilled 
out into the hallway. 

Franklin, who had been director of the 
College's Center for English Language 
Learning (CELL) and director of internation- 
al services since 1986, accepted a position as 
director of the Haggerty English Language 
Program at State University of New York at 
New Paltz earlier this year."Maryville was a 
different place," Franklin said, remembering 
his first day on the job. "... It's changed a 
lot, but what hasn't changed is the spirit of 
the people here." 

The outgoing employee acknowledged 
Art '43 and Dotty Barber Bushing '42 
in attendance and said he remembered get- 
ting a note in his campus mailbox during 
those first days from Art, who was a member 
of the faculty then. The Bushings offered 
he and Kumiko a place to stay. The young 
couple took them up on the offer and lived 


in their home for two years. 

"That was my first impres- 
sion of Maryville," Franklin 
said. "Friendliness." 

Colleagues speaking at the 
reception praised Frankhn's 
guidance of CELL (long 
considered one of the best 
in the United States), his 
expertise in international stu- 
dent recruitment, his passion 
and care for students and his 
contributions to professional organizations 
such as NAFSA: Association of International 
Educators and American Association of 
Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). 
"His service has been transformational for 
the College," said Dr. Robert Naylor, vice 
president and dean. Joe Swann, former 
mayor of Maryville. thanked Franklin and 
Kumiko for their role in attracting foreign 
companies to Blount County. 

Johnni Freer, executive assistant in the 
dean's office and former New York resident, 
presented Franklin with some college apparel, 
a snow shovel and box of tea bags, which she 
advised him to hold on to if he liked sweet 
iced tea. 


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This simple yet powerful phrase is the 
underlying message of the Calvin Duncan 
Society. Created in 2002, the Calvin 
Duncan Society gives alumni the oppor- 
tunity to make a life-long promise to stay 
connected to the College through giving a 
gift of any amount each year. Through this 
promise, alumni take part in giving back 
every year with the intent of sharing the 
College's success and greatness throughout 
the years of their hfe. 

Calvin Duncan was one of only four Mar\'\'ille College 
graduates in the first post-bellum class of 1871. Upon com- 
ing to Maryville CoUege, he was told by his classmates he 
was too young to be in College. However, Calvin Dimcan 
replied by exclaiming, "I came here to stay. This is my 
school." He went on to become a Director at the College, 
a Presbyterian minister, the Synodical Superintendent for 
Tennessee, and the oldest living alumnus. The devotion 
Calvin Duncan had to Marj'xille College is what powers the 
Calvin Duncan Societ)' to be a unique and influential group 
of alumni. 

C O I L E G E , 



Today, the Calvin Duncan Society has 
over 800 members from a wide-range 
of class years. Membership is open to all 
alumni who desire a life-time connec- 
tion with Maryxdlle College through giv- 
ing. When alumni join the Society, they 
also become eligible for exclusive Promise 
Awards, which are given every five years 
their promise is kept. 

This year Promise Awards are being 
given to those alumni who have fiilfilled 
their commitment of giving for the past 
five consecutive years. 

If you would like to join the Calvin Duncan Society, please 
contact Katherine Best Caputo '01 at katherine.caputo® or 865.981.8201. 

R O M 1 S E 

"I feel like any contribution to MC is significant not 

only in financially supporting the College, hut in 

renewing my commitment to my alma mater. It is my 

wish... that MC continue to flourish so others can have 

the kinds of great experiences I had. " 



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