OLUME ONE HUNDRED F
FOR ALUMNI &
^ a ryville COLLEGE
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Right Here, Right Now
Growing, changing, and drawing some attention
Appalachian Lecture Series
Celebrating the Culture & Heritage of the
Southern Appalachian Mountains
Author of Gap Creek
Tuesday, September 9
MARY BOZEMAN HODGES
A Parchment of Leaves
and Other Stories
Don't miss a great opportunity to hear and meet
these authors whose talents are appreciated and
recognized by millions of readers inside and
outside the Appalachian region!
Three programs, all beginning at 7 p.m., will be held in the
Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall on the
Maryville College campus.
Cost is #30 for the Series, which includes three lectures.
If purchased separately, tickets are #nper lecture. Dessert and
coffee will be served in the lobby of the auditorium following
each of the talks, and attendees will have the opportunity to
mingle with presenters. Reservations are required, and tickets
can be purchased by calling 865-.981.816j'. Proceeds from the
Series will go toward the support and purchase of library
collections in Appalachian studies.
$ $ q q $ $
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*i From the
College archives j*
Over the years, Maryville College has considered its location to be a
tremendous asset in recruiting and retaining students. Excerpts from
previous M -Books and catalogs chronicle the "pitch."
^ From the Maryville Handbook, 1913 14:
■n,,. Maryville is located in a county that has long been a health
Maryville resort. Mountain ozone, pure water, altitude 1.000 feet,
campus of 285 acres. Gymnasium. Indoor and outdoor sports.
Tennessee has no saloons. Maryville is a cruiet, law-abiding
town, filled with church-going people. The College is strongly
Christian, and the discipline is careful. The Y.M.CA. andYWCA.
I are very efficient. The Bible is a textbook for every student.
From the Maryville College Bulletin
(forerunner of College catalog) , May 1981:
Maryville, the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, is a pleasant and thriving
community, numbering, togetherwith the twin corporation of Alcoa, more than ten
thousand inhabitants. It is widely known as "the town of schools and churches."
. . . Maryville is an ideal health resort for students from other States. The town
lies on the hills, one thousand feet above sea level, and enjoys the life-giving
breezes from the Chilhowees and the Smokies, a few miles away. Young people
from the North and other sections are greatly benefited in health by their resi-
dence at Maryville.
From the Maryville College Bulletin, 1955-56:
The College is at Maryville. Tennessee, sixteen miles from Knoxville, near one of
the two main Tennessee entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Maryville, its twin city of Alcoa which is the site of large aluminum plants, and
their environs have a population of about twenty- five thousand.
. . . Buses run between Knoxville and Maryville every half hour until eleven- thirty
o'clock at night and from Chattanooga and Atlanta through Maryville at scheduled
times. There is train service to Knoxville over the Southern and L. & N. Railroads.
The American, Delta, Capital, Piedmont, and Volunteer Airlines have dailyplanes
to the Knoxville municipal airport four miles from the Maryville campus.
From the Maryville College Bulletin, 1970-71:
Maryville is an excitingly beautiful place. It is located 15 miles from Knoxville near
several mountain ranges and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The sea-
sons come and stay very vividly, then move on, telling us again of the necessity and
rhythm of change. The location of the College in the midst of such natural beauty
offers a special opportunity for study of the environment.
. . . You as a student and member of the community will be faced with the pressing
issues of contemporary life. Hopefully, Maryville will offeryou a climate where
intelligent, humanistic discussion and confrontation with the issues can occur.
. . . NEWS FLASH. . .
S.S. MARYVILLE VICTORY TRACED
Several people responded to our question about
the S.S. Maryville posed in the Spring 2003 issue
of FOCUS. Fran Murphy '71 pointed us to one
website, www.usmm.org/troopships.html, and
parent Robert Simpson phoned in to share a simi-
lar website, www.usmm.org/victoryships.html.
Charles Nicholls, the College's instructional tech-
nology support specialist, dug deep and found this website,
chantshipbuilders/califomia.htm, which claims the ship went into pri-
vate service in 1967 but was scrapped in 1971 .
Nichols' research also found that of the 534 Victory Ships launched,
only 54 are still in existence. Twenty-one sank (three during the war),
but of those remaining, the majority (48) are listed with the National
Defense Reserve Fleet. Three are open as museums.
ON THE COVER:
Several of you offered ideas about who our "unidentified" models
were on the cover. More than a couple of you thought Helen Anderson
Kerr '44 and John Kerr '42 were the happy couple, but not so, says
Helen. She, along with friends
Bobilee Knabb Proffitt '44,
Winifred Sommers Hein '45,
and Peggy Caldwell Smith '45
did a little investigative work to
solve the mystery. Melba
Holder Kabelka '46 reported
that she was sure her roommate,
Jean Ellis McCulley '45x, was the
woman in the photo while the
young man was a cadet she was
dating at that time. This was con-
firmed by one of Mrs. McCulley's
sons, who visited Willard House and
brought the original photo with him.
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6 Graduation 2003
Approximately 240 members make up the newest - and largest - graduating class or
Maryville College. They've headed out to make a difference in the world; see what the
immediate future holds for eight of them.
is an undergraduate,
liberal arts, residential
community of faith and
learning rooted in the
Presbvteria n/ R eform ed
students of all ages
prepares students for
lives of citizenship
and leadership as we
challenge each one to
search for truth, grow in
wisdom, work for justice
and dedicate a life of
creativity and service to
the peoples of the world.
11 Blount County:
Right Here, Right Now
Much like the small liberal-arts college that occupies
roughly 350 acres inside its jurisdiction, Blount Count)' is
growing, changing and on the move. And also like the
College, it's drawing some attention. What is Blount
County in 2003? The answer depends on whom you ask,
but most residents agree: It's not just alright. It's just right
HOME SWEET COLLEGE HILL: The old
neighborhood across the street from Mary\ille College
has long been home to several faculty and staff mem-
bers. With historic zoning, successful restorations and
an active neighborhood association, College Hill is still
"home sweet home" to many.
A MAIN ATTRACTION: MC alumna Donna Dixon '89 and husband
Steve Kaufman reopened downtown Maryville's Palace Theatre back in
1999 and have once again made it the "little house with the big shows."
ABOUT THE COVER:
The Chilhowee Mountains serve
as backdrop to the Blount County
Courthouse and the Maryville
College campus in this recent
photo by Paul S. Miller. Below
the courthouse is Maryville's
Greenbelt Park; to the left,
Lamar Alexander Parkway (U.S.
321) stretches toward Walland,
Townsend and the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park.
2 Message from the President
3 Campus News
10 Faculty News
22 Class Notes
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
. . . this College-
is a two-way street.
Over those decades the
community has also
done much for
Greetings from the Maryville College campus'.
Not long ago The Daily Times here in Maryville ran a story
about Grace Proffitt McArthur '35 and her home in the
College Hill section of the city. The reporter notes in her arti-
cle that "most of the homes in College Hill have some con-
nection to Maryville College." When my wife Rachel and I
moved to town a decade ago, we discovered that connection
We visited there with such College legends as Dr. Carolyn
Blair, Dr. Dorothy Horn and Coach Boydson Baird '41,
and such notable alumni as Dr. Nathalia Wright '33, Jean
Campbell Rokes '33, and, of course, Grace.
In earlier times die College Hill section was also home to Regis-
trar Viola Lightfoot '34, Dean Jasper Barnes, Dean Frances
Massey '34, Professor Horace Orr '12, Professor Elizabeth
Jackson, Secretary of Student Help Clemmie Henry and retired
President Samuel Tyndale Wilson, an alumnus from the
class of 1878. And 1 14 Wilson Avenue, where Grace McArthur
lives, was home for manv years to Dr. and Mrs. J.H. McMur-
ray. Dr. McMurray taught political science and sociology at
the College, and Mrs. McMurray, a home economics instruc-
tor, founded and operated the College Maid Shop.
Today, a number of current faculty and staff live along
College Hill streets. Some connection indeed!
The Daily Times article quotes Grace McArthur as saying, "I am very much aware of
what Maryville College has done for this community and this neighborhood." I also
saw ample evidence to support that claim upon moving to Maryville in 1993. The
mayor of Maryville (Stanley "Skeeter" Shields '37), the mayor of Alcoa (Don Mull
'59), the Blount County Executive (Bill Crisp '61), the Blount Memorial Hospital
Administrator (Joe Dawson '69), the Daily Times editor (Dean Stone '46), Director
of the Maryville Schools (Mike Dalton '66) and several odier prominent leaders were
MC alumni. Maryville College has clearly produced many of the community leaders for
Blount County over many decades, and we take pride in diat knowledge.
We also acknowledge widi appreciation that this College-community relationship is a
two-way street. Over those decades the community has also done much for Maryville
College. We believe that the quality of life in Blount County is a big plus in recruiting
and retaining students. We are profoundly grateful to Blount County businesses and
citizens for the generous financial support of the mission of the College. We recognize
the benefits to reputation and in well-prepared students that come from the outstand-
ing school systems in the county.
Some colleges worry about their town-gown relationship, but at Maryville College we
give thanks that in 2003 we can count this community as a partner, and the community
in turn can consider the College as an appreciating asset. 139
Dr. Gerald W. Gibson
Mark E. Cate
Vice President for
Advancement and Admissions
Director of Communications
Karen Beaty Eldridge '94
Director of News and
Judy M. Penry 73
Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62
Raleigh, North Carolina
Carol Callaway-Lane '92
Tim Topham '80
CLASS OF 2003
Beverly Fox Atchley '82
Sharon Pusey Bailey '69
Carol Callaway-Lane '92
Danny Osborne 76
James Skeen '64
CLASS OF 2004
Rick Carl 77
Chris Lilley '87
Sylvia Smith Talmage '62
John Tanner '93
John Trotter '95
CLASS OF 2005
Carl Lindsay, Jr. '50
Sara Mason Miller '66
Kathleen Mayurnik Nenninger 73
Aundra Ware Spencer '89
Kenneth Tuck '54
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'HE BRICKED WALLS on
new Lloyd Hall have been
erected. In the shadow of
new construction, crews took down the walls of old Lloyd Hall in July.
Ground was broken on the new $7-million, 4-story residence hall last October,
after college officials determined the cost of renovating and retrofitting its 43-
year-old predecessor was beyond responsible stewardship. "[Old Lloyd] wasn't
air-conditioned, and the plumbing was bad," explained Mark Cate, vice president
for advancement and admissions. "To do just the basics - add central air condi-
tioning, plumbing and new fixtures, new electric, new windows and a new eleva-
tor - and to bring everything up to safety codes and space-use codes was going to
cost at least $2 to S3 million. And once that was done, we would still have an old,
Designed to accommodate 96 students, the facility had been continuously
used as a residence hall since 1959. A popular dorm for decades of students, its
appeal had waned in recent years, according to Michelle Ballew, assistant dean
of students for campus life. "Lloyd Hall was very rarely picked as a place that stu-
dents wanted to live.... The electrical system in the building was so antiquated dtat
students couldn't plug in more than two things at one time without blowing a
fuse, which is just unrealistic in today's electronic world."
"And while some students weren't bothered by not having air conditioning,"
Ballew added, "many students of today want that amenity."
Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson said the building had served
the College well for more than 40 years and was special to hundreds, if not thou-
sands, of former students. "Many of our alumni remember the sense of community
that they felt when living there, the result of a design that brought people together
in the hall," he said. "With them, we give thanks for its decades of service as we
prepare to transfer to new Lloyd the responsibilities for housing new generations of
Maryville College students."
New Lloyd was completed in time for students' arrival on campus in August. It
houses 150 students in a suite-style design.
While the older residence hall was named in honor of Margaret Bell Lloyd, the
newer Lloyd will recognize the contributions of both Mrs. Lloyd and her husband,
Dr. Ralph W. Lloyd, who was the College's president for more than 30 years.
Dedication is scheduled for 1 1 a.m., Oct. 25, during Homecoming weekend.
continues to make
SEVERAL PHYSICAL PLANT
projects are currendy
underway on the
Maryville College campus.
Much of the work is included
in the second phase of the Col-
lege's S2.5 million Campus
Beautification and Improve-
ment Plan that guided a major
campus facelift during Summer 2002.
"We believe the campus looks better than
it ever has and we've received a number of
positive comments from students and folks
in the community," said Mark Cate, vice
president for advancement and admissions.
"The Campus Beautification and Improve-
ment Plan is truly an
investment that is -
and will continue to -
pay off for the College
and our community."
Projects currendy in
process include recon-
figuring and repaving
parking lots adjacent to
Pearsons Hall, Sutton
Science Center and the
A roadway that runs between Willard
House and Thaw Hall is currendy being
removed; campus master plans call for grass
to replace the asphalt. Portions of the "loop
road" that encircles the campus and extends
from Bartlett Hall to the physical plant facil-
ity are due to be resurfaced.
Additionally, new parking lots will open at
Lloyd Hall and Willard House at the time of
the loop road paving.
Also on the "to do" list is the installation of
an updated campus directory, new campus
road signs and new building signs. Com-
pleted projects include a
the exterior painting of
Pearsons Hall. For a
complete list of projects,
log onto www.maryvil-
FOCUS SUMMER 2 3
Porter and Tummel
win J.D. Davis Award
quita Porter and Josh
Tummel were named recipients
of the 2003 J.D. Davis Award.
In her time with the soccer
program, Porter set two
school records: One for career
shutouts (33) and another for
single season shutouts (10).
During the 2001 season, she
helped take the team to the program's first
On the basketball court, she scored more
than 1 ,000 points for the Lady Scots and was
a major contributor to teams that consistendv
ended their seasons in NCAA tournaments.
In total, Tummel, a four-year member of
the Fighting Scots basketball team, scored
944 points for the Scots over his career and
helped take the team to the NCAA tourna-
ment four times. During his senior season,
he earned a Great South Athletic Conference
"Plaver of the Year" honor, a team MVP
honor and a first-team All-South selection.
Established in 1979, the J.D. Davis
Award is given in memory of a long-time
coach and physical education director at
MC. It seeks to honor those who exhibit
leadership, athletic ability, Christian values
and academic achievement.
MC sophomore awarded prestigious scholarship
the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, informing her that she was among 30 students
selected from a pool of 1,150 applicants to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Foundation's undergraduate scholarship, which
'ies in amount according to need, provides funding
tuition, room and board, required fees and books
the remainder of the Scholar's undergraduate
gree. Tumbas' award, valued at approximately
3,000 over the next two years, will help defray
hunting educational expenses for the international
ident, who cannot legally work in the United States.
compete for the award, which is given exclusively
to rising juniors, a student must have a cumulative
ioint average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. According to a
. .. „y the Foundation announcing the 2003 recipients, the Schol-
ars "demonstrated outstanding records of achievement, not only academically, but
also in service, leadership, the arts and community involvement."
Tumbas, who was born in Yugoslavia but moved to Germany with her family in
1988, became acquainted with Maryville College and the surrounding community
as an exchange student at Heritage High School during her junior year.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, named for and funded by the late Washington
Redskins owner, underwrites hundreds of graduate and undergraduate scholarships
yearly. The Lansdowne, Va. -based foundation aims "to help young people of excep-
tional promise reach their full potential through education." To read Jasmina's story,
visit the Maryville College website.
Baker named Maryville College's Outstanding Senior
Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C.,
and the 2002 Foothills Fall Festival in
Maryville. During her college career, she
also has volunteered with YOKE Youth
Ministries and served on Calvary Chapel's
worship team in Knoxville.
Established by the Maryville College
Alumni Association in 1974, die Outstand-
ing Senior award recognizes those students
whose overall record of academic achieve-
ment and participation in extracurricular
activities stand out as most exemplary.
Finalists for die Outstanding Senior
award included Preston Fields of Knoxville,
Term.; Rachael Garza of Springfield, Va.;
Lois Gray of Shelbyville, Term.; and Ben Wicker of Knoxville. For
more information on each finalist, visit www.maryvillecollege.edu
and type "Outstanding Seniors" in the Search box.
AMANDA K. Baker, a senior
art major from Clinton, Term.,
was named the 2003 Outstand-
ing Senior at Maryville College during
the Academic Awards Ceremony held
on campus April 12.
In presenting his advisee, Dr. Carl
Gombert, associate professor of art,
described Baker as an exemplary stu-
dent, a talented artist and performer
and a visible member of the community.
Baker's list of college activities includes
the Academic Integrity Board, the Acad-
emic Life Council, the College's Non-
profit Leadership Development Program,
the Community Choir and Voices of Praise, the MC Dance Team
the Student Programming Board, WZUP radio station and Omi-
cron Delta Kappa. Off-campus, she interned with the prestigious
Outstanding Senior finalists (l-r) Preston Fields, Lois
Gray, Ben Wicker and Rachael Garza (far right) stand
with MC President Dr. Gerald Gibson and Amanda
Baker following the Academic Awards Ceremony.
FOCUS SUMMER 2 3
Above: Students help rangers plant
gama grass in Cades Cove; (below)
national parks in both the U.S. and
England provided real-world lessons
in land management.
students Lauren Butz,
Carrie Lloyd and Chan-
dler Schmutzer spent the Spring
2003 semester participating in
an international program that
allowed them to said)- land
management and land usage in
England and the United States.
Co-funded by the U.S.
Department of Education's
Fund for the Improvement of
(FIPSE) and the European
Commission's Directorate Gen-
eral for Education and Culture,
the program was designed to
give both American and English
students an opportunity to look
at land management in four different
contexts: non-indigenous species, eco-
logical integrity, approaches to man-
agement (habitat vs. species) and
protection of natural resources.
Other schools participating in the
international program included Bishop
Burton in the Yorkshire region of
England and Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. (As participat-
ing schools, each enrolled three students in the program.)
The students spent much of February and March in England,
studving at Bishop Burton. While there, the students took field trips
and visited the United Kingdom's national parks. The students also
visited different habitats to see how they're managed.
Returning to the United States in late March, the students enrolled
in ornithology, ecology and environmental issues classes on the MC
campus and spent time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,
hiking to unique natural habitats, participating in a deer count and
planting gama grass in Cades Cove as part of the park's campaign to
reintroduce some native species to the area. The students met with
park rangers to learn about fire and wildlife management.
At the program's completion, students were required to write a final
project report. The report included a summary of the history of land
use and conservation in the U.S. and U.K., an account of conservation
successes and failures in both countries and ideas for how each country
might share and implement successful programs or practices that pro-
mote land conservation.
"I believe the students were able to get a unique perspective of the
issues in contemporary conservation biology in the United States and
the United Kingdom," said Ben Cash, assistant professor of biology.
"The time and support that the program offered allowed students to
investigate the topic in depth and to have hands-on experience that is
critical for true understanding."
students the world
uring January Term, sev-
I eral Maryville College stu-
dents and faculty members
left the College for warmer climes
and a very different winter break.
Dr. Chad Berry, associate profes-
sor of history, and Mr. Patrick
Murphy '96, instructor of Spanish,
took a group of 20 students to
Cuba. Trips to the socialist island
are not possible for the majority of
United States citizens. According
to Berry, only students, journalists
and humanitarians who have applied for and received a spe-
cial license bv the Office of Foreign Assets Control, are
given permission to travel there. While in Cuba, the MC
group toured Havana and Trinidad. The trip itinerary
included visits with famous artists (including world-famous
Cuba Revolution photographer Raul Corrales and Lester
Campa) and tours of museums, cathedrals, a cigar factory
and coffee plantation. They saw performances by the
National Ballet and met with students at the University of
Havana to discuss differences - everything from medicine to
education to politics - between Cuba and the United States.
Drs. Kathie Shiba and Terry Bunde, eight students and
other community members, including Ed Best '68 crossed
the International Date Line Jan. 7 in their trip to Vietnam.
The trip, two vears in the organizing, included stops in
Hanoi, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.
During the two-week stay,
students took in the his-
tory, culture and psychology of Vietnam. They heard various
presentations, including one on the war fought by the U.S.
in the 1960s and 1970s, by faculty and students of three
universities in Hanoi.
Trips to Cuba and Vietnam are planned for January 2004.
Many trips are open to alumni. For more information, con-
tact Chad Berry, chair of the College's International Pro-
gramming Committee, at email@example.com.
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NEWEST ALUMNI HEAD OUT TO
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD
Name: J. Ben Wicker II
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Major: Business & Organization Man-
Post-graduate plans: Seeking a M.Ed, in
College Student Affairs at the University
of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. and
working as a resident director at USF
"Being involved in so many student activ-
ities and in several facets of the Student
Development department showed me
how much of a great fit that Student
Affairs is for me. I had some great mentors and role models in
the MC Student Development area. These people encouraged
me through the process and helped me achieve my goal of
getting into graduate school. After having had such a positive
experience at Maryville, I feel called to give others the great
experience that I had."
Name: Preston Carter Fields
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Major: International Studies and Religion
Post-graduate plans: Working in the
Washington, D.C. press office of Senator
and Democratic Presidential Candidate
John Kerry of Massachusetts
"Through working with the Literacy Corps
and die Bonner Scholars program at
Maryville, I have become interested in
social issues, especially concerning children. I hope that through
my work with John Kerry I can not onlv serve my country but
also work to improve people's lives."
Name: Ariatna L. Quintero N.
Hometown: Panama City, Panama
Major: International Business
Post-graduate plans: Working for US
Dentek in Maryville
"During my whole career at Maryville
College, starting at CELL (Center for
Language Learning) and now ending
with a diploma in mv hands, I never real-
ized the importance and value of educa-
tion/social interactions that MC has exposed me to, but
being at Maryville gave me precious and unique opportunitv
to interact with people from all over the world."
FOCUS I S U M HER 2 3
Name: Kenneth Kirby
Hometown: Kodak, Tenn.
Major: Biology and Physical Education;
minor in Chemistry
Post-graduate plans: Enrolling in the Doctor
of Physical Therapy Medical School Program
at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
"I have experienced first-hand the fulfillment
of bettering the mind, body and spirit while
working at Appalachian Therapy Center ... As
a former patient of ATC, I have experienced
the dedication of these professionals with whom I now work
They were an inspiration to me and allowed me to receive my
calling as a physical therapist ... I have come to realize that
helping others is a completely selfless act, and we should
do so with the patient's best interests in mind
Name: Sara Moore
Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.
Post-graduate plans: Pursuing a
master's degree in magazine jour-
nalism at New York University
"I have always been interested in
writing and editing. Fortunately, , _
Maryville College gave me the \^
opportunity to do both. While a
student, I was able to gain hands-
on experience as both a staff writer
and editor for The Highland Echo,
and I also obtained an internship with the Maryville Daily
Times through the Center for Calling & Career. Both of these
experiences affirmed and strengthened my desire to pursue a
career in journalism ..."
Name: Ben Robison
Hometown: Birmingham, Mich.
Major: Chemistry with Pre-Engineering Emphasis
Post-graduate plans: ( Immediately) Pursuing a
pro basketball career; pursuing degrees in aero-
space engineering at UT
"Almost every boy has a dream of becoming a pro-
fessional athlete, and I was no exception. Going into my senior year,
Coach Lambert and I discussed that if I worked hard, I could have a
chance at pla\ing basketball overseas. After attending a showcase camp
for scouts and coaches, my ambitions were given hope when a
Brazilian scout and coach from the U.S. approached me. As it cur-
rently stands, I have not signed with any team, however, I am playing
for a semi-pro team, the Akron Wingfoots. What excites me about
continuing to play is that I will get paid for doing what I love to do,
and I will be able to travel the world.'"
Name: Christopher Hixon
Hometown: Clearwater, Fla.
Major: Political Science and Economics
Post-graduate plans: Research assistant
to Larry Kudlovv of CNBC's Kudlow & Cramer
"I will be splitting my time between the Mercatus Center at George
Mason University in Arlington, Va., and Kudlow & Co. in New
York. My primary responsibility will be working on Mr. Kudlow's
new book, an analvsis of John F. Kennedv's fiscal policies. I plan
on eventually enrolling at George Mason University Law School."
Name: Jodi Poore
Hometown: Andersonville, Tenn.
Major: International Studies
Post-graduate plans: Working for the Defense
Intelligence Agencv as an intelligence analyst.
"It is an exciting time to be in this field, and I
look forward to seeing what the job has to offer.''
College bids goodbye, good luck
to its largest graduating class
1 out long
enough for photographer Neil Crosby to capture
this image of the Class of 2003 before the proces-
sion formed, but Commencement exercises were
held in the Boydson Baird Gymnasium this year
because of forecasted storms.
Dr. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa
Society, gave the Commencement Address titled
"The Liberal Arts in a World in Conflict," and Richard
Kimball, director and retired president of the Teagle
Foundation, was awarded an honorary doctor of let-
ters degree from the College.
sident Gerald W. Gibson gave the Charge to
le Class, in which he encouraged the graduating
seniors to go out and make a difference in the world.
"I charge you, Class of 2003, to preserve in your
hearts the lessons and epiphanies that have been
the instruments of your transformation from what
you were at the start to the graduates you are on
this commencement day and to use them to make
the world a better place for your children and
grandchildren and the Maryville College students
who will come after you in the line," the president
said. "... I charge you to take your Maryville educa-
tion and that special combination of gifts and
insights and abilities that is yours alone, and take on
the task of making better a world that needs all the
help you can provide."
Approximately 240 graduates strong, the Class of
2003 is expected to go down in the history books
as one of the largest graduating classes since the
College's founding in 1819.
FOCUS SUMMER 2 00 3
Recent graduating classes establish new giving society
Calvin Duncan Society members declare: "This is my College . . . This is my promise. "
Calvin Duncan hasn't been a face in
the Maryville College classroom for
more than 130 years, but a number of
2002 and 2003 MC graduates want current
students and alumni to envision him there.
While planning their senior gift, the
Class of 2002 began asking questions
about how they might also ensure that
the College remains healthy for years to
come. The students found a role model
in how Duncan, an alumnus of the class
of 1871, lived his life.
"Calvin Duncan was young - 14 years
old when he enrolled at MaryviUe Col-
lege," said Crystal Scott '02, a found-
ing member of the Calvin Duncan
Society. "Other students thought he was too
young to be in their classes, so they told him to
leave. But Calvin was determined. He said, 'I came
here to stay. This is my school.'"
The story is told in the MaryviUe College history
book written by Dr. Arda Walker '40 and Dr. Carolyn
Blair, "By Faith Endowed." The class of 2002 was
inspired by the Duncan story - a story of a determined
poor teenager who went on to become a respected
minister and member of the College's Board of Direc-
tors. Duncan stayed involved in the life of the College
until his death in 1933.
Out of diat inspiration came the idea for a new alumni
group that would recognize people who supported the
College on an annual basis. "He was a model graduate:
He participated in the life and health of the College, he
was determined to make Maryville a stronger institution,
and he was devoted to his alma mater," Scott explained.
Along with the College's Advancement staff, the Class of 2002
came up with the structure for the Calvin Duncan Society (CDS).
CLASS OF 2003 SETS GIVING RECORD
THE MARYVILLE COLLEGE
CLASS OF 2003 raised $1 1 ,1 55
for the Senior Class Gift - a
single-year record for any senior
class. Almost 180 seniors made
gifts or pledges toward a new
campus map and directory that
will be placed at the newly
remodeled entrance to campus.
Class President Ben Wicker pre-
sented the check to Dr. Gerald
Gibson at the annual Senior
Barbeque held May 16.
Together, they created a mission statement and a
motto that declares: "This is my College . . .
This is my promise."
Central to the Society is the prom-
ise of an annual and ongoing charita-
ble commitment to the College. To
join the CDS, one need only be an
alumnus/a and agree to make a
gift of some amount each year.
According to Scott, the unique
aspect of the CDS is that diere is
no gift amount minimum because
the idea is to increase the Col-
lege's alumni-giving percentage.
"We wanted a way to recognize
all alumni who help the College,
and increasing the alumni-giving
percentage means a great deal to
the future of our alma mater because
it helps build national reputation," she
said. "And when reputations rise, so do
the value of our diplomas. It's a win-
win for the College and all alumni."
A plaque commemorating the new
Calvin Duncan Society and its founding
members was unveiled during a recent
ceremony on campus. The plaque is hang-
ing in the Bartlett Hall Student Center.
So how has the idea of a lifelong annual
giving promise program caught on?
The class of 2002 responded with over
44 percent joining the CDS. The partici-
pation increased to 56 percent for the Class of 2003. Aid,
the new Society was fully endorsed last May by the National
Alumni Board, with 100 percent participation from members.
Following a special CDS celebration and reception in May, a
plaque went up in Bartlett Hall commemorating the new giv-
ing society and the founding members of the class of 2002.
Speaking at the CDS presentation, Maryville College Presi-
dent Dr. Gerald W Gibson said: "The importance of the
Calvin Duncan Society goes beyond alumni pledging to make a
gift to the College each year. The ultimate aim of this program
is to keep alumni actively connected, engaged and committed
to this special place called Maryville College."
Benefits to being a CDS member include special recognition
in the President's Report and eligibility for a Promise Award
presented at 5, 10, 15, 25, 40 and 50 vears of consistent
Soon, alumni celebrating reunions will be asked to join
CDS, but all alumni are encouraged to join.
A pledge form is available online at www.maryvillecollege.edu/
alumni/making-a-gift.asp. For more information or to have a
pledge form mailed to you, contact Jason McNeal at
865.981.8197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOCUS SUMMER 2003
Blazer estate leaves $2 million for
scholarships at Maryville College
AS2 million bequest from the estate of Conchita Bertran Blazer '31
will endow scholarships at Maryville College for years to come.
Blazer passed away Dec. 17, 2002. In memory of her late husband, she
established the Earl W. Blazer Endowed Scholarship Fund in 1993 and then
made provisions for 50 percent of her estate to be added to the fund upon
her death. The remaining 50 percent of the estate was to be divided between
the Holston Conference Foundation and the Founda-
tion for Evangelism in Lake Junaluska, N.C.
The College's S2 million gift is the first distribution
from the estate, with a second distribution expected to
add an additional 5500,000. The Blazer estate gift is the
third-largest gift in the College's recent history. Approx-
imatelv S4 million was received from the Ralph W. Bee-
son estate in 1990, and S3. 7 million was received from
the estate of Finis and Ethel Cooper in 1994.
According to Mark Cate, vice president for advance-
ment and admissions, the College is pleased to honor
Mrs. Blazer's wishes, granting scholarships to assist
deserving students without regard to sex, ethnic back-
ground, age or creed. "This is a tremendous gift from
such a gracious and wonderful woman," said Cate.
"Her faith and her commitment to education were
extremely important to her, and she passionately sup-
ported both in so many ways."
Loval and generous supporters of Maryville College
throughout their lives, Earl and Conchita Blazer were charter members of the
Societv of 1819, which recognizes alumni and friends who have included
Mary\ille College in their estate plans. They were also charter members of
the Isaac Anderson Society, with cumulative giving qualifying them for the
magna cum laude level. In 2001, Mrs. Blazer made a substantial donation
to the Fayerweather Hall rebuilding project to name the Business Office in
memory of her husband.
Earl Blazer '30 served as a director of the College from 1957 until 1970
and also served as president of the College's Alumni Association. In 1961, he
was the recipient of the College's first Alumni Citation. A well-known and
prominent leader in his church and community, Mr. Blazer was the founder,
owner and operator of the Earl W. Blazer Insurance Agency for 40 years. He
served a term in the Tennessee state legislature and served on the boards of
three Methodist Church-related colleges.
Mrs. Blazer also served on the College's Alumni Board and was active in
numerous charities, including the Salvation Army and Knoxville Rescue
Ministries. The Blazers were active members of First United Methodist
Church in Maryville.
"Earl and Conchita Blazer were more than dedicated and loyal alumni of
Maryville College - they were fine people," said Dr. Gerald W. Gibson,
president of Maryville College. "Earl had passed away a little more than a
year before I accepted the presidency here, so I never had the privilege of
meeting him, but his leadership on the Board was remembered by many,
and Conchita described him so well that I felt that I knew him.
"The Blazers led by example," the president added. "Their final gift to the
College to endow scholarships means that hundreds of deserving students will
benefit from their generosity, foresight and great love of this institution.
"Earl and Conchita are missed, but they will never be forgotten."
Concert Choir CD
on sale soon
hoir Tour 2003 was a
tremendous success, with
many alumni attending
concerts along the route to St.
Augustine, Fla. Incorporating Latin- and Spanish-style
music into their repertoire, choir members tided the
2003 trip "Viva La Danza" ("Live the Dance").
Choir members have recorded their Choir Tour
program for a CD, which features such selections as
"Alleluia" by Randall Thompson, "Chrisms Factus
Est" by Anton Bruckner and "Speak to One Another
of Psalms" by Jean Berger.
CDs will be available for sale in September and can
be purchased for S20 in the MC bookstore and main
office of the Fine Arts Center. Proceeds will go to pur-
chase uniforms and a portable keyboard for the Choir.
Sing with the Choir in England in 2004
The Marwille College Concert Choir and Maryville
College Community Chorus have been invited to be
the Chorus-in-Residence for the International Cathe-
dral Music Festival (ICMF) in Salisbury, London,
Oxford and Canterbury during July 2004.
For two weeks, the com-
bined festival chorus will
rehearse and perform
"Requim" by Mozart, and
"Mass in C" and "Choral
Fantasia" by Beethoven. Dr.
Jeff W. Reynolds, chairman of
the music department at the
University of Alabama-Birm-
ingham, will conduct.
"For alumni, here is a
unique opportunity to once
again be a member of the
Maryville College Choir," said
Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville
College. Admittance to the choir will be on an individ-
ual basis and may include an audition. Non-singing par-
ticipants are encouraged to join the choir, as well.
For more information, \isit ICMF's website,
www.icmf.org or contact Wilner. A presentation by
ICMF's representatives is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept.
2, in the rehearsal room of the Fine Arts Center.
EDITOR'S NOTE: To contact Stacey Wilner for more
information on the ICMF trip or to have a Choir CD
mailed to you ($25 for CD and shipping and han-
dling), call her at 865.981.8151 or e-mail her at
email@example.com. Checks may be
mailed to: The Maryville College Concert Choir,
Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pky,
Maryville, TN 37804.
FOCUS I S U M M E R 2 3
Faculty N ews
NEW FACULTY AND STAFF WELCOMED
Maryville College recently added several new
people to its faculty and staff ranks.
Wes Boggs began work in Willard House as the College's director of
annual giving in February. He replaces Jason McNeal, who was promoted
to assistant vice president for development and alumni affairs last fall.
Boggs, a 1999 summa cum laude graduate of Emory & Henry College
in Emory, Va., worked in E&H's Admissions Office from 2000 until early
2003. He began as an admissions counselor before being promoted to
the position of assistant director of Admissions, in which he directly
supervised telecounselors, assisted in the reinstatement of an
alumni/parent admissions network and devised a comprehensive communication strategy
for prospective students. No stranger to Maryville College, Boggs worked in the College's
Admissions Office in 2000.
Also joining the College in February was Dr. Steven James, who was
named the director of instructional technology.
James fills a position vacated by Gina Roberts in 2002 and specified by
the Title III Instructional Technology Initiative grant that the College
received in1999. The grant is designed to facilitate equipment and train-
ing to help students and faculty better use technology in the classroom.
As director of instructional technology, James is responsible for organ-
izing technology workshops and seminars, as well as providing one-on-
one consulting to help faculty members employ technology-based teaching methods.
James, who came to the College from Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Schools, has served as an assis-
tant professor at both Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and the University of Mem-
phis, where he received his doctorate.
In March, Angela Quick was welcomed as Maryville College's new
library director. Quick, who holds a bachelor of arts degree from North-
western University in Evanston, III., and master's degree in library sci-
ence from Simmons College (Boston), has almost 15 years experience
in the field.
Before accepting the job at Maryville, Quick worked as the public serv-
ices coordinator at the Carthage College library in Kenosha, Wis. Prior
employment includes positions with the Illinois-based C. Berger and Co.,
and the libraries of the Lesley and Northwestern universities.
In the position of library director, Quick is responsible for managing all operations of MC's
Lamar Memorial Library, including overseeing acquisitions for the library collection, man-
aging the library budget and assisting and collaborating with teaching faculty.
Quick fills the position vacated by Chris Nugent, who assumed directorship of the library
at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C, in 2002.
Wayne Dunn '80 has been named Maryville College Director of Athletic Facilities, Intramu-
rals and Club Sports. Dunn, who returned to the College in 2000 to work in the Admissions
Office as a counselor, is now working with the athletic director and coaches in Cooper Ath-
letic Center. Dunn will continue to coach the wrestling team, which is a club sport.
battle with cancer
Beth A. Stuart, former
employee of MaryviUe College and
wife of former treasurer Alden Stu-
art, passed away March 1 1 , following
a long battle with cancer.
Stuart managed the Maryville Col-
lege Bookstore from 1991 until her
retirement in 1998. During that
time, she renovated
the store's space in
Hall and expanded
the selection of
planned special sales
and promotions for
"Beth Stuart was
a great person to
work for," said Pat
Stephens, Maryville College's cur-
rent bookstore manager, who began
working for Stuart in 1991. "She
taught me all she knew about the
bookstore business and life. She was
a wonderful Christian example of
what one should be. She always had
a loving concern for all the students
and her fellow workers. I will truly
miss Beth very much, as will all of
her former colleagues."
A native of Dexter, Me., Stuart
attended Barrington College in
Rhode Island and graduated from
the University of Maine with an asso-
ciates degree in liberal arts. Prior to
her move to Maryville, she was
employed by American Greeting and
the University of Maine's bookstore.
In addition to husband Alden,
Beth is survived by her mother
Shirley Chadbourne of St. Peters-
burg, Fla.; three sons, four daugh-
ters-in-law, four grandsons, one
sister and several aunts, uncles,
nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund for Stuart has
been established at the College. To
contribute, contact Kaye Hurst in
the College's Office of Advance-
ment at 865.981.8196 or
FOCUS SUMMER 2003
The word is out about Blount County. This charming
community just south ofKnoxville is the place to be.
IN the last 13 years, Blount County has welcomed
more than 20,000 new citizens into its borders, mak-
ing it one of the state's fasting-growing populations.
With a head count of 105,823 in 2000, the county is now
the 11th largest in Tennessee.
Obstetricians and nurses at Blount Memorial are busy people, but the
thousands of new residents who wheel through the doors of the Family
Birthing Center every year don't tell the entire story of how Blount
County is changing. And neither do the expanding thoroughfares or new
homes peppering the foothills.
Much like the small liberal-arts college that occupies roughly 350 acres
inside its jurisdiction, Blount County is growing, changing and on the
move. And like the College, it's drawing some attention. What is Blount
County in 2003? The answer depends on whom you ask, but most resi-
dents agree: It's not just alright. It's just right.
According to local leaders, the reasons people have for settling in Blount
County are as varied as the plant life in the mountains nearby. Fred Forster
boils it down to quality of life. Forster is president and CEO of the Blount
Partnership, an organization composed of the Blount County Chamber of
Commerce, the Smoky Mountain Convention & Visitors Bureau, the
Chamber Foundation and the Economic Development Board.
"The quality of life is excellent here," he says. "We have great schools,
great infrastructure, scenic beauty and an attractive tax structure."
Enumerating benefits ranging from Maryville College to the county's
proximity to America's most-visited national park, Forster says few commu-
nities have as much potential as Blount County.
.verajje household inconie -
Mount County: $35,571
verage household income -
Average home cost - SI 30,000
Local sales tax is 2.25 percent
State sales tax is 7 percent
Total sales tax is 9.25 percent
Property tax rate per $100 of
25 percent of assessment:
Alcoa, S2.15; Maryville, S2.10;
BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94
Director of News and Public Information
FOCUS I SUMMER 2 00 3
SETTING THE STANDARD
In the July 27, 2000 issue of Metro Pulse,
writer Jack Neely tried to answer the ques-
tion "What makes Knoxville's little sister so
darn sassy?" in the alternative newspaper's
"Knoxville has always regarded Maryville
as a surly adolescent regards his goody-
goody little sister. He studiously ignores
her until she outperforms him on a math
test," Neely wrote. "Maryville has been
outperforming Knoxville on several scores
recently, especially in public education. ..."
Three years after Neely's article, the
county maintains its clout in academic cir-
In 2001, the Where to Retire magazine
included Maryville in its listing of 10 best
"safe havens for retirement," citing educa-
tion, safety, recreation and economy as
BEDROOM COMMUNITY OF
Retirees seem to like Blount County, as do
couples with families and professionals who
work in nearby Knoxville.
According to statistics from the 2000
census, approximately 14,000 people com-
mute from Blount County to Knox County
every workday. Alcoa Highway was long
town that offers so much," she says.
Foothills Mall is anchored by three major
department stores, among other retail
shops. With the passage of liquor-by-the-
drink by the Maryville City Council in
1996, the construction of dining establish-
ments took off. Today, restaurant selections
range from national chains to mom-and-
pop eateries offering everything from
Southern dishes like catfish and barbeque to
more exotic Thai foods. In the last six
years, Alcoa has seen the construction of
five new hotels and motels, thanks mosdy
to increased tourism (approximately two
million people are believed to pass through
Roughly nine miles of paved paths connect Alcoa and Blount County
in what residents call "the Greenbelt." Bicentennial Greenbelt Park
in Maryville (above) is a popular place to walk, run, bicycle or just
enjoy the scenery. Overlooking the park is the new %14-million
Blount County Public Library (right), which opened in May 2002.
cles. Education is a serious matter for the
governmental bodies that support the
three separate school systems: Alcoa City,
Blount County, and Maryville City.
No comparison of school performance is
complete wiriiout mention of the Ten-
nessee Comprehensive Assessment Pro-
gram (TCAP). For Maryville city schools,
TCAP scores have been in the top eight of
the state's 139 school systems every year
since 1989. Scores in the categories of
reading, language, math, science and social
studies ranked the highest in die state in at
least three of die grades tested.
Annual per-pupil spending in the three
systems is high, as compared widi other
public schools in Tennessee. Likewise,
teacher pay in the local public school sys-
tems ranks among the highest in the state.
The accolades may begin in the school-
yards, but they certainly don't end there.
Nationwide, eyes began turning to Blount
County when Maryville made Your Money
magazine's listing the top 12 desirable places
to live in 1999. That same year, the "Top
10" television show on the A&E Network
proclaimed Maryville as a city that "has it all."
the preferred route to Knoxville's interstate
arteries, but the 1994 completion of Pellis-
sippi Parkway (U.S. 1-140), which extends
north from Alcoa to Oak Ridge, puts west
Knoxville less than 20 minutes away.
Whether or not Blount County is an
"upscale bedroom community," as it is
sometimes described, is a matter of inter-
pretation, says Blount County' Planner John
Lamb. The planner does concede, however,
diat property and homes usually drive good
prices within the city of Maryville and along
Fort Loudon Lake.
"Years ago, it was fairly unusual for us to
write a building permit for a $300,000
home," says Garv Henslev, who has served
Maryville as city manager for 25 years.
"Today, it's not all that uncommon to
write one in the Sl-million range."
The high-achieving school systems are
the reason many families choose Blount
County, but they're also drawn in by nice
neighborhoods, parks, greenway trails,
churches, shopping malls, dining spots and
a lot less traffic, savs Barbara Everett, a real
estate agent with Realty III in Maryville.
"People are really impressed with a small
TOP 10 EMPLOYERS IN 2003
. Denso Manufacturing 2,240
2. ALCOA, Inc. 1,900
3. Blount Memorial Hospital 1,700
' . Blount County Schools 1,358
5. Clayton Homes 860
6. Peninsula Behavioral Health 650
'. McGhee Tyson Air National Guard 560
8. Blount County Government 518
9. Staffing Solutions 500
.0. Maryville City Schools 480
25. Maryville College 230
the area annually) and air traffic from
nearby McGhee Tyson Airport. Closer to
the mountains are award-winning resorts,
bed and breakfasts and inns.
Whether it's consistendy meeting a $ 1 .6
million United Way goal, building and
connecting nine miles of greenway trails
(known as "the Greenbelt") or working to
lure international businesses to the area,
people of Blount County understand the
value of teamwork better than most com-
munities, Forster says.
"One expectation within Blount County
is that you cooperate. I see it among gov-
ernment leaders, community leaders and
the citizenry,'" he explains. "A prime exam-
ple of that is the library."
A new, 95,000-square-foot Blount
County Public Library opened in May
2002. Before local governmental bodies
committed tax dollars to the $14-million
project, the Foundation for the Blount
County Public Library raised $4 million in
gifts and pledges from individuals.
Overlooking the Greenbelt and die
banks of Pistol Creek, the new library is
located within the city limits of Maryville,
than $7 million for redevelopment planning
Work will begin soon on transforming
seven blocks of College Street into a pedes-
trian-friendly corridor that stretches from
the Maryville College campus to the new
library. The construction includes a pedes-
trian walkway across Pistol Creek (leading
from downtown Maryville to the new
library) and a small amphitheatre to be built
on the creek bank, opposite the library.
Funds are designated for major streetscap-
ing and landscaping, new sidewalks and
crosswalks and decorative lighting and
benches along College Street.
Plans for Maryville's downtown redevelop-
ment include (clockwise, from right) the
restoration of several existing buildings, a
new $20-million municipal building, a
pedestrian bridge connecting downtown
Maryville to the new library and a pedes-
trian-friendly corridor that extends from the
Marjyvillc College campus to the new library.
new $20-million Maryville Municipal Build-
ing is underway.
"We know there aren't going to be big
returns on our money spent [downtown]
because it's a small downtown area and
we're not going to have any huge retail
outlets there. We're [revitalizing down-
town] out of a sense of pride and tradition.
It's worth saving," says Hensley.
THE COLLEGE'S PLACE
Maryville College's role in the county's
growth and personality is undeniable.
Approximately 1,400 residents of the
but couldn't sit any closer to Alcoa.
According to Forster, Blount County is a
"healthy place," with "hundreds of ways"
residents can contribute. Back in 2000,
Forster co-chaired a regional visioning and
planning process entitled "Nine Counties.
One Vision." The project, believed to be
the largest of its kind in the United States,
gathered nearly 9,000 ideas from 4,000 resi-
dents in Blount, Knox, Anderson, Grainger,
Jefferson, Roane, Sevier and Union coun-
ties. It was facilitated by Gianni Longo of
American Communities Partnership, which
led similar efforts in Chattanooga, Birming-
ham and New Haven, Conn.
One of the emphases suggested by "Nine
Counties. One Vision." planning is down-
town redevelopment within the communi-
ties. Like countless downtowns in the
country, many of Maryville's oldest build-
ings stood vacant in the 1970s, 1980s and
1990s due to urban sprawl.
With funds from a large federal appropria-
tion grant and two Tennessee Department of
Transportation (TDOT) Enhancement
Grants, Marseille's downtown has more
The investment, according to Hensley,
should attract people to downtown around
the clock. "We want to create synergy
between the College and downtown on one
end, and downtown and the new library on
the other end," he explains. "We believe die
corridor will promote private development to
give the college kids some reasons to come
downtown again. We have cafes and music
there now, but we'd like to build on diat."
Already, the streets that crisscross down-
town Maryville are beginning to see more
foot - and automobile - traffic. First Ten-
nessee Bank was one of the first businesses
to make improvements to a downtown
structure, and Ruby Tuesday Inc. built a
43,000-square foot facility on Church
Street, moving the restaurant's worldwide
headquarters downtown in 1998. Small
restaurants soon moved in to accommo-
date the lunch crowds.
The Palace Theatre was restored and
reopened to the community in 1999, giving
people a reason to head downtown after
dark (see story page 18). Furdier down the
street from the Palace, construction on a
county are alumni of the College, but 27
percent of Maryville residents report hav-
ing at least a bachelor's degree. That's
about three percent higher than the
"The town is fairly affluent and fairly
well-educated," Hensley says. "The College
is one of the reasons Maryville is more
highly educated riian most communities in
Tennessee .... We're somewhat cosmopoli-
tan here in die middle of Appalachia, and
that's due to Maryville College and also the
[ALCOA] aluminum company. Both have
brought - and continue to bring in - peo-
ple from all over the country."
Citing the cultural and educational expe-
riences and die intellectual capital that the
College provides residents of Blount
County, Forster predicts that Maryville
College will continue to play a vital role in
the area's future. "With Maryville College
in the center of this community, it serves as
a constant reminder that education is
important," he said. 09
Website resources: \vww.nineeountiesone\'ision.org;
FOCUS SUMMER 2 3
FOR THOSE UNSURE as to how a
Maryville College student might
spend a summer break, ask MC jun-
ior Michael Howard. The Cincinnati native
puts in a 40-hour workweek as a medical
office assistant in Maryville.
But his is no normal summer job. Howard
is one of several MC students from across
die country and even the world spending
his summer in volunteer sendee to the peo-
ple of Blount County.
A dedication to the local community is
perhaps the oldest Maryville College tradi-
tion, traceable to founder Isaac Anderson's
desire to provide qualified ministers and
teachers for die people of East Tennessee.
And this local commitment is reflected in
the current MC mission statement, which
concludes with the assertion that the Col-
lege prepares students for lives of "service
to the peoples of the world."
A TRADITION OF "DOING GOOD"
"Maryville is steeped in traditions of serv-
ice," states Jennifer Cummings West '95.
She would know. As the College's direc-
tor of volunteer services, West sees the
impact of this "MC tradition" played out
every day in the number of volunteering
students with whom she works.
West conservatively estimates that, during
the academic year, one-fourth of the student
body is regularly involved in volunteer serv-
ice. However, she notes that these numbers
only reflect the number of students who par-
ticipate in organized programs like Bonner
Scholars and Bradford Scholars, where stu-
dents are asked to volunteer a minimum
number of hours each week at an agency or
charitable organization in exchange for schol-
arship dollars. The "real" number, reflect-
ing regular and one-time volunteer efforts,
she says, is perhaps as high as 75 percent.
Alumni experiences would seem to con-
firm both the validity of these numbers and
the significant role that service plays in the
Maryville College experience.
"It is always wonderful to meet alumni
and hear their stories of service both in col-
lege and during the years after MC," West
says. "At homecoming last year, an alum
said of his Maryville education, 'They
taught us the difference between doing
well and doing good.'"
Understanding this distinction, accord-
ing to West, is one of the most valuable
lessons that service to others teaches.
JUST UP THE ROAD
To see this commitment to community
involvement in action, one need look no
c do good' in
By David Rasnake, Class of 2005
COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT rf^
MC student and Bonner Scholar
Michael Howard assists in the Good
Samaritan Clinic's dental office.
Number of volunteer hours
donated by MC students, as
reported in 2002-2003: 36, 340
further than just up the road
from the College campus.
Founded six years ago with
the aim of providing medical
assistance to uninsured individ
uals in Blount County, the
Good Samaritan Clinic also
provides an opportunity for
many dedicated student volun
teers to gain valuable experience in medical
fields while giving back to the community.
A typical day for volunteers usually
involves tasks ranging from filing charts
and answering phones to assisting at Good
Samaritan's dental clinic. Through this
partnership, students witii career interests
in medicine or non-profit leadership gain
valuable, "real world" experience. Addi-
tionally, the clinic has welcomed and
encouraged the creativity that these top
students bring to their work.
For example, Chelsea Kissinger, a rising
junior, saw an opportunity to put her bio-
chemistry major and her interest in medical
research to practical use. The Knoxvillian
developed a system to keep track of the
nearly 150 patients with cardiovascular
problems that the clinic has treated.
The innovativeness of these MC volun-
teers and their willingness to do whatever is
asked of them earns them praise from clinic
director and College alumna Julia Wick-
strand Pearce '82.
"I don't know what [the Clinic] would
do without them," she says. "It would be a
different kind of day."
The Good Samaritan Clinic is one of the
many diverse opportunities for MC stu-
dents to serve the local community. Stu-
dent Vishal Punamiya, for example, is
putting his skills in business and leadership
to work as a volunteer assistant with Keep
Blount Beautiful, a non-profit environmen-
tal organization. Through countless hours
of community service, Punamiya, a native
of India, is making Blount County a
In the words of Keep Blount Beautiful
coordinator Kristi Kell Falco '01,
Punamiya has been "a lifesaver," organizing
meetings and community events to promote
awareness about local environmental issues.
Notably, Punamiya recently helped organize
the Landfill Learning Center, where he led
classes on waste manage-
ment for more than 800
Other students have
found opportunities to
serve their community
building houses with
Habitat for Humanity,
tutoring in the Adult
Basic Education program
and working with area
Boys and Girls Clubs.
West, who assists stu-
dents in arranging many
of these placements,
believes that volunteer service benefits
recipient and volunteer equally. "I always
encourage students to look for placements
that link to their field of study or potential
vocation," she says. Encouraging students
to do volunteer work in a field about
which they are passionate explains the
incredible diversity of programs in which
"For some students, this means [volunteer-
ing at] a healthcare agency. For others it
means working widi children and adults in
educational programs," notes West, reflect-
ing the diversity of interests within the stu-
dent body. "Other students feel called to
work alongside folks who struggle with over-
coming mental, physical, and emotional chal-
lenges. Still others work at non-profit agencies
on environmental and social justice issues."
She adds that "reaching out" has an enor-
mous impact on students' personal and pro-
fessional lives. Many undergraduates have
changed their majors as a result of experi-
ences during volunteer work, answering the
call of medicine or law or education while
working at various agencies - answering the
call to "do good" locally and beyond. 09
A sample of where MC students
volunteer in Blount County:
Adult Basic Education Center
Blount County Justice Center
Boys and Girls Clubs
Cades Cove oral history project
Habitat for Humanity
Good Samaritan Clinic
Keep Blount Beautiful
YMCA and YWCA
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John and Katy Fleer's home on Indiana Avenue (left)
is one of several College Hill homes restored in recent years.
(Above) Maryville College Associate Professor of Spanish
Dr. Elizabeth Perez-Reilly enjoys working in the English-style
garden that gives her side yard color, blooms and birds.
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This first subdivision of Blount County is enjoying a second heyday.
BY KAREN BEATY ELDRIDGE '94
Chad and Lisa Berry's house on Goddard Street
was known as the "Ribble House" prior to their
purchase of it in 1995.
ven without the red, white and blue
flags waving from wide, breezy porches,
the neighborhood whispers "•Americana.'''
Tree-lined streets. Large, beautiful houses. Kept
lawns. Neat gardens. White picket fences.
Its name might suggest look-but-do-not-touch,
but the College Hill Historic District isn't just for
show. It's for living. Ask any of the 10 MC faculty
and staff or dozens of alumni who call it home.
FOCUS SUMMER 2 3
While the neighborhood's location is ideal to mami folks, it's what
LIFE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE
The College Hill neighborhood, just adja-
cent the College, has long been the address
for many MC employees. Even today,
houses are known by the names of those
faculty and staff who inhabited them for
years: The Orr House, the McMurray
House, the Honaker House.
"I live in the [Bill] Ribble House,"
explains Chad Berry, Maryville College
associate professor of history. "I suspect the
day we move out, it will be called the
Direcdy behind Berry, Elizabeth Perez-
Reilly, the College's associate professor of
Spanish, lives in the Toole House, so named
for the first family to move in (in 1925).
Although the Tooles weren't direcdy
connected to the College, several of the
home's later inhabitants were. Perez-Reilly
often hears from former students who lived
in the home on North Clark Street when it
was a multi-family unit, before Robert
Greeney, a physics professor at the College,
purchased it and converted it back into a
After home inspectors determined that
the foundation was structurally sound,
Perez-Reilly and her husband purchased
the craftsman-style house from Greeney in
the early 1990s. She loved the neighbor-
hood right away, as it reminded her of the
neighborhood in which she grew up in
Youngstown, Ohio. Since her purchase, she
has re-plastered, repainted and repapered,
sanded the floors and replaced the heating
and cooling system. And cleaned.
"Old houses are dirt traps," she admits.
"There's no easy way to keep them clean."
Randy and Lynne Hurst's home on the corner of Court Street
and Goddard Avenue features Victorian-styled architecture.
She would like to have tilt-in win-
dows for easier washing, and walk-in
closets would be nice, but the incon-
veniences of an old house are small
compared to what she has: a home she
loves in a great community just yards
from her office and classrooms in
"I can walk to work in five minutes,'
she says, pointing to an abandoned rail
way passage just steps from her back-
door. "And I used to do that all the
time, but 50 pounds of books gets
heavy, so now I drive to campus more.
Actually, it takes me longer to drive
there and find a place to park [than it
does to walk]."
The professor can walk just about
everywhere else: the bank, grocery
store, fitness club, church, restaurants
and shops in downtown Maryville.
Additionally, the Greenbelt walking
paths are a couple of streets
down College Hill.
Students are frequent visitors
to her home, she says, invited
for meals or special events. It's
the same for Berry and other
faculty and staff who live nearby-
While the neighborhood's
location is ideal to many folks,
it's what happens inside the his-
toric district that makes people
want to stay. Perez-Reilly
doubts she'll ever move.
"The people are so friendly,
and there's a good variety of
neighbors," she says, pointing in
the directions of homes owned by retired
couples, African Americans,
families with children, eld-
erly people. "It's becoming
quite a diverse type of com-
munity. It's just great."
Perez-Reilly has been
involved in the Historic
College Hill Neighborhood
which was established in
1992 and revitalized in
1999. It sponsors get-
togethers that welcome and
introduce new people, edu-
cate residents on subjects
ranging from cooking to
(Clockwise, from right) Tree-lined
lanes, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks
and a nice blending of architecture
are characteristics of College Hill.
Flower boxes and picket fences are
common sights along Miller Avenue.
MC professors Dr. Horace E. Orr
and Dr. Dorothy Horn each owned
this house on Indiana Avenue; today,
Tom and Virginia
the proud own-
like the one
owned by Tom
Evans '59 are
typical of houses
built in the
antiques, and offers forums for discussing
issues that affect the area.
Since 2001, the association has spon-
sored a spring tour of historic homes,
opening four or five private residences for
public viewing. It's an event that people
both inside and outside the neighborhood
are beginning to look forward to.
"With these planned communities like Sea-
side and Celebration [Fla.], people are try-
ing to duplicate what we have here," says
Berry. "It's flattering, but humorous at the
Arguably, College Hill has always been
neighborly. Comprised of approximately
FOCUS I SUMMER 2 003
happens inside the historic district that makes people want to stay.
175 lots and 80 residences, the district is
bounded on the north and south by Court
Street and Cates Street and on the east and
west by Goddard Avenue and Wilson
Avenue. (The Oak Park Historic District is
located west of College Hill.) The houses
are relatively close together, and it's likely
that the sidewalks have always encouraged
pedestrian traffic among neighbors. The
size and position of the verandas suggest
that, before the advent of air-conditioning,
covered porches were the preferred spots
for relaxation and entertainment during
warm East Tennessee weather.
The neighborhood began taking shape
in the 1880s, when prominent citizens
began building Queen Anne- and Victo-
rian-styled homes along Indiana Avenue.
In the next 50 years, houses in the bun-
galow and craftsman style sprung up on
both sides of Indiana.
According to Berry, this first subdivision
of the county and other older neighbor-
hoods around the College expe-
rienced pockets of urban blight
and exodus in the 1960s and
1970s. Some majestic homes
were turned into multi-family
rental properties, and a few own-
ers were "re-muddling," (exten-
sively altering the exterior and
interiors of their homes), and
not remodeling with respect to
the history and original architec-
ture of the structures.
A few residents came together
in the 1980s to prepare nomina-
tions for the National Register
of Historic Places. In 1989, the
community was officially recognized as
the Indiana Avenue Historic District.
But by the time Berry and his wife
moved to Maryville and into the Ribble
House in 1995, a portion of the neigh-
borhood was in danger of being zoned
commercial, and there was talk of
widening Montvale Road, which bor-
ders College Hill to the south.
Berry says that as a historian, he was
alarmed. "Many private homes were
listed on the [National] Register, but
that distinction carries no weight, no
protection," he explains. "The neighbor-
hood needed some consciousness raising
... I stirred the pot. I was appointed to
the city's Historic Zoning Commission."
With a historic zoning overlay on top of
existing zoning regulations, the Historic
Zoning Commission offers some control
and some protection of the historical struc-
tures. For example, exterior additions and
modifications to homes inside the district
have to be approved by the commission.
HCHNA helps support the commis-
sion's efforts; Berry is quick to say that the
neighborhood association is not a "snotty
plutocracy," but one that welcomes new-
comers and reaches out, improving the
quality of life for residents. Home values
are improving, as well. "With historic zon-
ing, it takes about 20 or 30 years to see the
full benefits," Berry explains, "[College
Hill] is already a neat place to live, but it's
only going to get better."
THE COLLEGE OF COLLEGE HILL
Black-and-white street signs that welcome
drivers into College Hill feature the his-
toric district's logo, which includes the
Anderson Hall tower.
It's conceivable that without die Col-
lege, there might not have been an Indiana
Avenue, a Boardman Avenue or a Wilson
Avenue. It's also conceivable that recent
historical preservation in the shady lanes
across Court Street might not have taken
off without the College's investment in its
own old buildings.
"The College is looking at protecting its
historical integrity, looking to protect its
past," Berry said, "so it's a good thing for
both the College and the neighborhood to
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Dr. Bob Proffitt '51 purchased the bouse at 400 Indiana Avenue in 1972.
Dr. Samuel T. Wilson lived in it prior to and following his years as Maryville
College's fifth president and named it "Casa Blanca."
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(Left) After years of
vacancy, the Palace
Tljcatre reopened as a
venue for live music in
1999. (Below) Donna
Dixon '89 sits in
fl'ont of the mural of
Maryville painted by
classmate Julie Costner
in the Palace Cafe.
Donna Dixon '89 hums off key. She
can't play a musical instrument, and
she's uncomfortable in the kitchen.
Ask her to brew an espresso, and she might
try and talk you into a plain cup o' joe.
Life takes strange turns. You don't have
to tell this exercise science major that.
Neither do you have to tell her that you
can love a place without being born there.
Dixon's family roots barely burrow the
surface of East-Tennessee topsoil, but as
co-owner and operator of the Palace The-
ater and Espresso Bar and the Palace Cafe,
she is committed to building Blount
County's future and preserving its past.
"I'm proud to say that we have been a cat-
alyst for bringing people downtown again,"
says Dixon. "When I was a student at
Maryville, I lived off of Stanley and Clark
streets. I think the only reason I came down-
town then was the curbside farmer's market."
Today, downtown Maryville looks a lot
different to Dixon. What was a closed-up
storefront downtown just five years ago is
becoming a more desirable place to work,
shop, eat and live.
Dixon and husband Steve Kaufman
A Main Attraction
Dixon draws them back into history,
back into downtown
By Karen Beaty Eldridge '94
bought the building at 1 1 3 West Broadway
in 1998 with the dream to turn it into a
venue for live music, movies, plays and other
entertainment. The structure dates back to
1868, when Carl Pflanze established a furni-
ture- and casket-making business. In its 135-
year existence, the building has seen two
fires and two mone theaters and has housed
a funeral parlor, a five & dime, a drugstore,
a carpet business and a dollar store.
The building sat vacant for many years
but was most recently a movie theater,
restored in the mid-1970s to look like it
did in 1934, when scores of Blount Coun-
tians bought tickets at the Palace Theater
to see Hollywood legends like Clark Gable
and the Marx Brothers on the silver screen.
But the revival was short-lived; code viola-
tions closed it in the mid 1980s.
Purchasing the building and embarking
on a major restoration project, the new
owners hired historians, consultants, mas-
ter craftsmen and contractors to replace the
212 seats, wall sconces, roof, carpet, mar-
quee and film projectors. Adding their own
blood, sweat and tears, the newest era of
the Palace Theater began in 1999, when its
doors were reopened to the public.
LITTLE HOUSE WITH THE BIG SHOWS
Many Maryville College students from the
1970s and 1980s know Steve Kaufman as
the entertainment hired for Steak Night in
Pearsons Hall. The native New Yorker
became widely known in 1978, when he
won his first of three National Flatpicking
His reputation in the music world has
translated into some pretty big shows for
Maryville and the Palace Theater stage -
featuring Doc Watson, Tommy Emmanuel,
Norman Blake, Peter Mayer, Roy Book
Binder, Scott Miller. Dixon likes to point
out that what they said about the theater in
1934 is still true - the Palace is "the Little
House with the Big Shows."
Acoustic concerts are usually scheduled
for the weekends, while weekdays and
weeknights offer everything from children's
school programs to vintage mo\ies. Dixon
shares the history and
the architecture of the
Palace with school groups
and shows old films or black-
and-white cartoons. Puppet shows are
offered during the winter months, and
InterAct Children's Theatre for the Deaf
regularly performs onstage.
"We want to provide a family atmos-
phere," Dixon explained, adding that no
alcohol is sold at the theater. "Our pricing
is affordable for families because we want
kids to experience music. We need to pass
that tradition down."
OPEN TO OPPORTUNITY
The Palace Cafe is located below the Palace
Theater stage on the backside of the build-
ing, facing Harper Avenue. Just like the
purchase of the theater itself, Dixon and
Kaufman saw economic and history-lesson
opportunities in leasing the space for a deli.
Sandwich selections include the McCam-
mon-Ammon Slam, the Cates Street Cor-
don Bleu and the MC Smoke Stack.
The walls of the dining room are lined
with historical photos and memorabilia
from Blount County. Dixon hired Julie
Costner '89 to paint a mural along one
wall. During the six-month project, Cost-
ner blended scenes from old Maryville with
scenes from current Maryville. The result is
a beautiful, thought-provoking image
revealing how the town appeared years
ago, what it looks like today, and just
maybe, what it could be.
Easily, the mural could be a metaphor for
how Dixon sees tire potential of downtown.
She is currently helping to establish a down-
town business association that will provide
elected officials and the Blount Partnership
with a unified voice of business owners.
"Steve and I are not people who will
vote to tear something down. We would
rather see things restored and looking bet-
ter," Dixon explained. "We're glad to see
that happening more here [in Blount
County]. ... Restoring the Palace began the
restoration of downtown. Other businesses
have seen greater potential. We had faith
that this would be something good - good
for us, yes, but good for our community."
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theater.com and www.flatpik.com. JSB
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I D S H D 1
'22 MEMORIAM: Margaret
McSpadden Bevins, on March 20,
in North Carolina, following a stroke.
She was a retired high school teacher.
Daughter Mary Hofler, who reported
the news, wrote that her mother
was "102 years young and enjoyed
the alumni newsletter and all cor-
respondence from the College."
'23 MEMORIAM: Katyleen
Alexander Smith on March 20, in
Oneonta, Ala. She was a long-time
member of Grace Presbyterian
Church in Trussville, Ala. Her death
was reported to the College by dear
friend Sarah Pledger Fechter '55.
'29 MEMORIAMS: Grace Gamble,
on Dec. 8, 2002, in Maryville. After
earning a master's degree from
Columbia University, she taught in
Scotland, Connecticut, Ohio and
Tennessee. Survivors include her
sister, Mary Gamble Waldo '33,
nieces and nephews, including
Douglas Gamble '68 and Nancy
Gamble Bromley '73.
Virginia Sting Thomas on Feb. 26,
in Ohio. A professional harpist, she
was a member of Worthington
(Ohio) Presbyterian Church. She is
survived by one daughter, one son
and their families.
'30 MEMORIAM: Mary Katherine
Cope on March 4, in Chattanooga,
Tenn. She was a schoolteacher for
several years and was a member
of Signal Mountain Presbyterian
Church. Survivors include her two
sons and their families.
'31 MEMORIAM: Victor
Defenderfer, on Dec. 21, 2002, in
Oak Ridge. He was a former high
I school teacher and girls basketball
~ coach in Spring City, Tenn. He
I retired as a superintendent at the
I Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge in 1971.
S 32 Rev. Hubert L. Duncan and
1 wife Ruth are living in Glendale,
Calif., celebrating 67 years of mar-
riage this year.
MEMORIAM: Mignonne Goyne
Staley, on Dec. 6, 2002, in Maryville.
I She was a longtime and active
CarSOn Brewer, '43, noted newspaper columnist
and author, died on January 16, 2003. He was 82.
Brewer, who retired from his work as a columnist with
the Knoxville News-Sentinel in 1985, authored several
guidebooks on hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. Brewer also wrote extensively about local
environmental issues and continued to write columns until
the year before his death.
A native of Hancock County, Tenn., Brewer served four
years in the Army during World War II before joining the
staff of the News-Sentinel in 1945. During his 40-year stint
with the paper, Brewer's journalism — particularly his cover-
age of environmental issues — earned him several accolades,
and he received a special citation from the College in 1976.
A memorial service for Brewer was held on January 1 8
at the Norris Religious Fellowship, of which Brewer was a
dedicated member. Carson Brewer is survived by his wife,
Alberta Brewer, of Knoxville, a son, Carson "Kit" Brewer,
and a grandson, Coleman Brewer, both of Nashville.
member of Broadway United
Methodist Church in Maryville.
Survivors include one son, one
daughter and their families.
'33 MEMORIAM: Robert R.
"Bob" Crothers, on March 15, in
Laconia, N.H. A graduate of
McCormick Seminary, he served
pastorates in New York, Illinois and
Kansas before working as associate
general secretary for the United
Presbyterian Church's Board of
National Missions. He is survived
by wife Alice, one daughter, three
grandchildren and four great-
'34 MEMORIAMS: Gladys Coulter
Bradley, on Dec. 12, 2002, in
Maryville. She was a retired teacher
in Maryville and Blount County. She
is survived by her daughter and son-
in-law Gail Bradley Hafner '60 and
Arthur Hafner '72 and their families.
William S. Dunning on Feb. 5, in
Virginia. He was a retired attorney
living in Texas.
'36 Estelle Greene Carhart cel-
ebrated her 90th birthday Aug. 25,
2002, with her five children, 12
grandchildren and more than 100
relatives and friends.
MEMORIAM: Ruth Doty Wheeler,
in May 2002. She was a retired
'37 Beatrice Wheeler Peterson
and her husband have moved to
Macon, N.C., to be near their
daughter and son-in-law. They report
the health and happiness of their
family, including two grandchildren.
MEMORIAM: William D. Morgan,
in November 2002, in Medford,
Ore. He spent many years working
with Foote Mineral Company,
even establishing the company in
Brazil. Survivors include wife Joy,
three sons and one grandson and
sister Mary Morgan Rowan '43.
'38 Marian Lodwick Bauer is
engaged in volunteer work at an
independent living community in
Akron, Ohio. She often sees
brother Robert Lodwick '36, who
lives in Wooster. The late William
L. Wood has had a stretch of U.S.
421 in North Carolina named for
him, based on his efforts to improve
the safety of the road. Widow
Polly Hudspeth Wood '40 alerted
the College with the news.
MEMORIAM: Phyllis Gessert Plog,
on Oct. 27, 2002, in El Paso, Texas.
She is survived by sister Lisette
Gessert Pemberton '45.
'39 John Magill and wife Louise
Wells Magill '41, celebrated their
60th wedding anniversary at their
Cape Coral, Fla. home in the sum-
mer of 2002. The following day,
they attended the wedding of
'40 MEMORIAMS: Vernon A.
Clark, on Dec. 27, 2002. He was
the owner and president of Graphic
Chemical and Ink (Villa Park, III.) for
45 years. He also served as a dea-
con and an elder in the First Presby-
terian Church in Glen Ellyn, III. He is
survived by his children and in-laws
Robert '64 and Sharon Jones
Clark '63, Dean '68 and Susan
Clark, and Carolyn Clark White
'71; one brother; one sister; and
several grandchildren and great-
grandchildren. Memorials may be
made to the Clark Family Endow-
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ment for the Arts at the College.
a Lawrence L. "Larry" Lowe, Sr.,
on Dec. 28, 2002, in Baltimore, Md.
He worked as a purchasing agent
for ALCOA and was a member of
United Methodist Church and the
Hixson Masonic Lodge. Survivors
include one son and daughter-in-
"Jim" Lester, '51,
passed away on April 21, 2003,
after an extended illness.
Born in 1929 Birmingham,
Ala., Lester came to Maryville
College after completing high
school in 1947.
During his time at
the College, Lester
was a renown ath-
lete and served as
president of the
Class of 1951.
After his gradua-
tion from the College in 1951,
Lester served two years in the
Army during the Korean War
before returning to Birmingham.
Lester pursued a career as an
independent insurance broker,
but he remained active in local
and regional athletics, serving as
president of the Birmingham
Football Officials Association.
Among his important contri-
butions the College community,
Lester is noted for having con-
ceived the idea for the College's
athletic Wall of Fame. In taking
this memorial from vision to real-
ity, Lester drafted the first consti-
tution for the Wall of Fame and
served as die first chairman of the
Wall's Selection Committee.
Services for Jim Lester were
held at Birmingham's Mountain
Brook Presbyterian Church on
April 26, 2003. Lester is survived
by his wife, Alice Huddleston
Lester, '51, of Birmingham; son
James Paul Lester, Jr., '75, of
Wichita, Kan.; daughter Leigh
Lester Shipman, of Charlotte,
N.C.; and five grandchildren.
law, daughter Marty Lowe Richesin
'67 and their families.
■ Edna Russell Smith on March 2.
She was living in Harrisonburg, Va.
'41 Aline Campbell Moss is still
busy working with the American
Baptists on a local, state and national
level. She also keeps busy with the
library scene in New Jersey.
MEMORIAMS: Roland W. Tapp,
on Dec. 29, 2002, in Upland, Pa. He
received his B.D. degree and was
an instructor in Greek and Hebrew
at San Francisco Theological Semi-
nary. He later received his master's
degree in psychology and education
and served as professor of philoso-
phy and religion at Centre College
in Danville, Ky. He published "The
Gospel from the Mount," "The
Beatitudes," and "The Apocalypse
of St. John." Survivors include wife
Helen Pratt Tapp '42, two sons,
one daughter, three granddaugh-
ters, and his brother and sister.
■ James Robert Watt, on Nov. 19,
2002, in New Jersey. Following
graduation from Princeton Semi-
nary, he was ordained a Presbyterian
minister and served pastorates in
New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as
well as serving as a U.S. Navy Chap-
lain during WWII. Survivors include
wife Elizabeth Brimfield Watt '37,
a son, a daughter, and their families.
42 Dorothy Buchanan Henderson
is still active with church and vol-
unteer work and helps take care of
husband Thomas Henderson '46.
Elizabeth Bryant Phillips enjoys
life in Florida and preparing
weekly Bible lessons.
43 Cecil O. Eanes and wife
Edith recently sold their home in
California and moved to the Strat-
ford House Retirement Home in
Danville, Va. Theodore Pratt
enjoyed good fellowship and MC
nostalgia with Art '43 and Dottie
Barber Bushing '42 at the North
Carolina mountain hideaway of
Ted '43 and Cordelia Dellinger
Kidder '44. Mary Knight Schel-
lenger is "perking along" at age
82, teaching English to Chinese
residents of Pitman, N.J.
MEMORIAMS: Elizabeth Bryant
Carey on July 4, 2002. She is sur-
vived by husband James and one
Kathleen Rainwater Edwards,
on Feb. 27, in Knoxville, Tenn.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy,
she taught for 37 years in the Blount
County School System. She was a
member of Pecks Memorial
Methodist Church. Survivors include
a sister and brother-in-law and
numerous nieces and nephews.
■ Frederick Ray Smith on Dec. 12,
2002, in La Plata, Md., after being
struck by a car. He was a research
chemist with Avtex Corp, earning
19 patents. Survivors include his
wife, Muriel Headrick Smith '50,
one son and five daughters, includ-
ing Martha Smith Hornick '69
and their families; and two sisters,
including Emily Smith Hoyer '54.
44 Sara Cameron Patterson
lost husband James to cancer on
February 10. She lives in Clearwater,
MEMORIAMS: Leroy Dillener, on
Feb. 26, in Warsaw, N.Y., of heart
failure. He was ordained in 1947
and served as a missionary in coal
camps in West Virginia and then in
India. He served pastorates in
Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Vir-
ginia. Survivors include wife Helen
Fisher Dillener '44, a son and
three daughters, brother John Dil-
lener '48 and two sisters, including
Florence Dillener Massie '48.
Jane Newland Johnson on Jan.
5, 2003 in Easley, S.C., of lung can-
cer. She was a nurse in a number of
hospitals, private doctors' offices,
clinics, and individuals' homes.
Survivors include husband Frank,
one son and his family and sister.
Margaret Newland Nish '50.
Sara Jo Boiling Mazur, on April
7, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She served
as a payroll clerk in the Manhattan
Project in Oak Ridge before work-
ing as a bookkeeper at a Memphis
Army base, a nursery school
teacher in Oak Ridge, and an
administrative assistant at Paine
Webber in Oak Ridge. She is sur-
vived by her husband, brothers, a
sister, children and their families.
Bernard Stern, on July 1, 2002.
He was living in Phoenix, Ariz.
Samuel M. "Mack" Wilson, on
Nov. 20, 2002, in Abington, Pa., of
heart failure. A WWII and Korean
War veteran, he taught general and
strategic management at Temple's
School of Business for more than
40 years. He also served as chair-
man of the management depart-
ment and associate dean of the
School of Business Administration.
Among his numerous achievements
was the Stauffer Award, Temple's
Outstanding Professor Award. Sur-
vivors include wife Lois Graf Wilson
'45, a son, two granddaughters,
a brother and sister Lucile Wilson
'45 Margaret Caldwell Smith,
Anne Kerr Valentine, and Winnie
Sommers Hein, all enjoyed a
March trip to Bellingraph Gardens
(Ala.) and an annual Spring pil-
grimage to Natchez, Miss.
'46 MEMORIAM: Nell Louise
Minear Mitchell, on Oct. 8, 2002,
in Loveland, Colo. She is survived
by husband Donald, three daugh-
ters and four grandchildren.
'47 MEMORIAM: Kathryn I.
Dean, on Dec. 15, 2002, in White
Pine, Tenn. She was a retired
school teacher. She is survived by
sister Martha Dean Hall '45 and
brother Walter L. Dean '50.
Jeanne Heaps Jackson, on Jan.
1, in Maryland. She is survived by
sister Ruth Burkins Heaps '50 and
brother Henry W. Heaps '51 .
Raymond Swartzback, on Dec.
14, 2002, in New Marshfield, Ohio.
After serving in WWII and earning
a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart,
he served 38 years in ministry at
inner city churches in Cincinnati,
Detroit, Cleveland and New York
City. He also served at Westmin-
ster Presbyterian Church on the
College of Wooster campus. Sur-
vivors include wife Martha Jane
Hays Swartzback '45, three
daughters and nine grandchildren.
'48 MEMORIAM: Richard "Dick"
Scruggs, on Dec. 30, 2002, in Win-
ston-Salem, N.C., of Lewy bodies.
He had served as the CEO for the
Cittenden Memorial Hospital in
West Memphis, Ark., for several
years and was the president of the
Arkansas Hospital Association and
the Mid-West Area Health Congress.
Survivors include wife Margaret
Cross Scruggs '46, a brother, three
sons, daughter Ana Scruggs Tam-
panna '71 and six grandchildren.
49 Mary Mitchell Gravely has a
new email address: mgravely@bell-
south.net. Max Willocks and
Neysa Ferguson Willocks '46 led
a group of 14 people in a medical/
evangelism project in Western
Kenya that was able to treat 1 ,800
people in their clinics over 10 days.
Three new churches were started
and 2,650 people registered deci-
sions to become followers of Christ.
Margaret Brooks Leisering and
husband Alfred celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary in
August 2002 with their children,
Nancy Leisering Hayes '81 and
Jeff Hayes '83 and other family at
Fontana Village. Carolyn Scruggs
Crotinger has recently moved to
Spring House Estates, a retirement
community in Lower Gwynedd, Pa.
'50 MEMORIAMS: William T.
Brewer, on Aug. 20, 2002. A retired
retail storeowner, he was living in
Loudon.Tenn. Survivors include daugh-
ter Millicent Brewer Brown '78.
Dolores "Doe" Green de Nagy,
on Dec. 1, 2002, in Hartford, Conn.
She was an office manager for
orthodontists. Active in the Repub-
lican party, several charities and
service organizations, she was also
active at Simsbury United Methodist
Church. She is survived by husband
Donald de Nagy '51, three children
and their families, a sister, and sev-
eral nieces and nephews.
;. Thomas Eckert, on Nov. 30, 2002
in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was a
veteran of the U.S. Navy in WWII, a
troop leader for the Boy Scouts, a
member of Chattanooga Little The-
atre and a member of the Society for
the Preservation and Encouragement
of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in
America. He is survived by a son and
daughter and seven grandchildren.
'51 William W. Willingham has
just begun his 30th year of teaching
English at Fruitland Baptist Bible
Institute in Hendersonville, N.C.
Xen K. Motsinger traveled to the
Dominican Republic on a mission
trip to build a church.
MEMORIAM: Julia Breen Clark, on
Jan. 29, in Shepherdstown, W.V. After
being diagnosed with Alzheimer's
Disease in 1996, she became an
educator about Alzheimer's Dis-
ease, even the "Alzheimer's poster
girl" for Johns Hopkins Medical
Center. Survivors include husband
Anderson Clark, daughter Mary,
and many friends.
52 Charlie Allen was recognized
by the Nashville Area Association
for Young Children as the 2003
Children's Champion in recognition
for his work with Dream Houses
for Children. Richard "Dick"
Newman has written a new book
that tells the narrative story of Henry
"Box" Brown, who escaped slavery
in the pre-Civil War South by mailing
himself in a box to Philadelphia.
The book was reviewed in April by
the New York Review of Books.
'53 MEMORIAM: William B.
Poovey, on July 11, 2002. He was
a retired principal of Bibb Elemen-
tary in Georgia. He is survived by
wife Marian Rice Poovey '54 and
54 Homer Rickabaugh received
the Louisville Presbyterian Theolog-
ical Seminary 2003 Distinguished
Alumnus Award in March. He and
wife Natalie recently moved to
Statesville, N.C, to be closer to
family. Kenneth Tuck was honored
with the first Lifetime Achievement
Award presented by the Roanoke
Valley Academy of Medicine. In
January, the Virginia General
Assembly passed a resolution com-
mending Tuck on the achievement.
MEMORIAM: William R. Anderson,
Jr., on May 21 , in Maryville. He was
a Korean War veteran and served in
the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet. A graduate
of the Louisiana State University
School of Banking, he spent 40 years
working in the business, retiring as
executive senior vice president of
First Tennessee Bank. He was
active in the Maryville First United
Methodist Church, the American
Legion, the Blount County Cham-
ber of Commerce, the Kiwanis
Club of Maryville and the United
Way of Blount County. Anderson
Robert Shelton '55
was honored when the
chapel of Austin (Texas)
Seminary was named for
him. He served as professor
and dean of the seminary
and recently retired as its
also served on the Maryville Col-
lege Alumni Board and was a vol-
unteer in numerous College
Community Campaigns. He is sur-
vived by former wife Edwina
Anderson, two sons, one daughter
and their families; one sister, one
brother and two sisters-in-law.
55 Martha Freeny Cummings
continues to live in her motor home
in a campground in Adairsville, Ga.,
and welcomes any friends travel-
ing along I-75 to stop by.
56 Don Adams and Grace
Harrison Adams '55 are enjoying
retirement in Santa Claus, Ind.
James H. Kennedy is still working
as a Presbyterian minister and loving
life in the Florida Keys with faithful
friend, 'Molly,' his dog. Marsha
Williams Kling, husband David and
sister Constance Hoyt Williams '65
spent most of September 2002
traveling in the Scottish Highlands
and Ireland. James H. Laster per-
formed in a four-week run of "Mir-
acle on 34th Street" in December
2002. Wife Madlon Travis Laster
is helping Joy Hayes '52 edit the
Iran Newsletter. David Williams
and Jean Boyd Williams '57 are
looking forward to traveling, as
Jean will retire from teaching math
in July 2003.
MEMORIAM: James G. Gardner,
on Feb. 9, in Portland, Ore. He is sur-
vived by his wife, son, two daughters
and other family members.
58 Gerald Platz retired in Janu-
ary 2003 after more than 40 years
in the ministry and is still living and
active in the Syracuse, N.Y. area.
Donald Vandenberg recently
published "The Transcendental
Phases of Learning," in Educa-
tional Philosophy and Theory, and
"Phenomenology and Fundamen-
tal Educational Theory," in
Phenomenology World Wide.
59 Louise Pratt Bollman retired
as reference librarian in the King
County Library System in Washing-
ton state. She and husband Jay
Bollman '58 have moved from Seat-
tle to Tacoma, Wash., putting them
closer to family. They make yearly
visits to Knoxville to visit son Eric
Bollman '88 and his family. Judith
Cummings Kaiser was named to
the 2002 Who's Who Among
America's Teachers and was a Sus-
sex County (N.J.) honoree selected
by Patriots Council of B.S.A. Bill
Pennock has recently retired from
active ministry at Covenant Pres-
byterian Church, Bisbee, Ariz.
MEMORIAMS: Vesta Travis Hill,
on March 20. She was a resident of
Southport, N.C. She is survived by
husband Donald Hill.
■ Grace Campbell Lundry, on Feb.
18, in Fredericksburg, Va., of breast
cancer. She is survived by husband
Don, three children, three grand-
children and sister Ruth Campbell
60 Nancy Smith Wright retired
on June 7, 2002, after serving 1 3 years
as an academic advisor to the Col-
lege of Business Administration at
the University of Tennessee.
MEMORIAMS: George Chapman,
on March 16, 2002.
Susan Fowell Moody, on Dec. 9,
2002, in Bedford, Mass., of acute
monocytic leukemia. She had
recently celebrated the birth of her
61 William Crisp was recently
appointed to the board of direc-
tors of First Central Bank in Blount
County. Terry Dick Dykstra is mov-
ing to Kikuyu, Kenya, to work with
Presbyterian College as a volun-
teer in mission. She retired as the
executive director of the Baltimore
Ronald McDonald House.
FOCUS Isi'MMER 2 3
62 Jeanne Wilson Kruhm
announces that she and her husband
are moving from Fulton, Md., to
Durham, N.C Rebecca Kinnamon
Neff has a new email address:
rebeccahmc62@earthlink. net. Dr.
Roger Nooe was honored with the
University of Tennessee's NAA Pub-
lic Service award during the 2003
Provost's Honors Banquet in April.
MEMORIAM: Donald C. McFer-
ren, on Nov. 20, 2002. He was liv-
ing in San Francisco, Calif.
63 Connie Myers Moore trav-
eled to Africa for the fourth time
this spring, working with World
Relief and Elmbrook Church on
short-term HIV/AIDS missions.
64 Marjorie Loeffler Yenter has
moved to Port Orchard, Wash. She
and her husband have joined the
staff of Youth With a Mission.
65 Arlene Pateman Guellnitz
was selected as New Brunswick
(N.J.) High School Teacher of the Year
in the spring of 2002. She retired
from teaching on July 1, 2002 and
is now working part-time as a
vacation planner. Phyllis Weaver
Henderson was remarried in 2000
and is now living near Philadelphia,
Pa. After 15 years as a group facili-
tation consultant, she is finally back
to serious work on her novel.
66 Judith Jenkins Humphrey is
living in Maryville, working for the
district attorney's office. Richard J.
Marshall retired in 1997, but enjoys
consulting work with the New Jersey
Department of Education. He is
now the acting School Business
Administrator for Atlantic and Cape
May counties. Hazel DeWeese
Steel is living in Tucker, Ga., has a
new position as an ESOL teacher
and is enjoying teaching her inter-
national students. Celia C. Tiffany
has been a full-time caregiver for
her parents since January 1991. She
edits a monthly newsletter, "The
Show Me Geode" for an earth sci-
ences hobby club. The newsletter
recently won first place in the Bul-
letin Editors Contest held by the
Midwest Federation of Mineralogi-
cal and Geological Societies. Oliver
K. Williams has retired from med-
ical work and turned a computer
avocation into a second profession.
He also won a Chemical Abstracts
Service Director's Award for Excel-
lence in 2000 and received a pro-
motion to engineer in 2002.
6/ Marsha Ann Burkhart has
moved back to Athens.Tenn., after
her husband, Bob Lucas, '68, retired.
She is enjoying work at a new com-
munity bank. Frank W. Gready is
the pastor of former Vice President
Dan Quayle's home congregation in
Indiana. Sam Wyman has accepted a
new position as associate pastor for
Vision of Hope Metropolitan Com-
munity Church in Mountville, Pa.
68 Jayne Smith Carie and her
husband have moved to a new
home in remote southwest Ari-
zona, enjoying lots of wildlife and
solitude. Dean Clark was named
to the Illinois State Board of Edu-
cation in January of 2003. He will
serve a six-year term. Clark was
president of the Glen Ellyn Ele-
mentary District 41 from 1993 until
1997, and served on the District's
Board 12 years prior. Lizabeth
Patterson Smith was ordained a
deacon at St. Paul's Episcopal
Cathedral, Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 1 1 .
One of the guests was mentor and
friend Marilyn Kiefer Davies '55.
'69 Frank Kilgard, Jr. is now a
commissioned lay preacher in the
Flint River Presbytery in southwest
Georgia and continues to operate
his own musical instrument sale
and repair business in Valdosta.
Wallace Wilson was recently installed
as pastor/head of staff at Unity
Presbyterian Church in Cambridge,
Ohio. He is also a member of the
Salvation Army Board of Directors.
MEMORIAM: Laurel Erskine
Thomas, on Dec. 8, 2002, from
cancer. Survivors include husband
Joseph Thomas '67 and children.
70 Jim Daugherty is professor
of music education and music ther-
apy at the University of Kansas,
where he also conducts the Con-
cert Choir. He continues as editor
of the International Journal of
Research in Choral Singing.
Robert F. Durant accepted a
position as professor of public
administration and policy with
American University in Washing-
ton, D.C. He recently won the
Charles H. Levine Memorial Award
for Excellence in Public Adminis-
tration Research, Teaching, and
Public Service. He recently com-
pleted service as a Fulbright
Senior Research Scholar at Payap
University in Thailand.
7 I John T. Campbell is now
retired from active ministry, but as
an avid Civil War enthusiast, volun-
teers as the webmaster for the
Greater Pittsburgh Civil War
Roundtable. Lynn Gillespie Chater
continues to work in Nashville as a
songwriter with her husband,
Kerry. Additionally, she has been
active in lobbying Congress for
increased songwriter's protections
under copyright laws. Elizabeth
"Betsy" Fisher received the Ten-
nessee Library Association 2002
Resource Sharing Award, which is
given in recognition of outstanding
work in promoting resource sharing
in Tennessee libraries. She desig-
nated a portion of the monetary
award to be given to MC's Lamar
Memorial Library. Jean S. Hodgson
was recently promoted from senior
sales representative to sales exec-
utive; she is working out of Cincin-
nati, Ohio. James L. Showalter
finished his 1 5th year of teaching at
Langston University in Oklahoma.
Carolyn Clark White just cele-
brated her 10th year with Fox Val-
ley Medicine in Batavia, III., where
she is the chief operating officer
and considered an expert in
Hugh S. Livingston, Jr. '69
established a world record for the longest
sustained public piano performance by
performing for 33 hours with a 15-minute
break every eight hours at Timbers
Restaurant in Townsend, Tenn. He also
received his 20th ASCAP award for con-
tributions to church and school music.
His new CD, "For the Record," features
Top 40 favorites from the past 60 years.
'72 On May 31, Sally A. Craig
Vincent celebrated the graduation
of son Robert from West Point Mil-
itary Academy Kathleen Peterson
Wing was an elder commissioner
at the 214th General Assembly of the
PC(USA). Her son Whitman Brown
completed his freshman year at MC.
MARRIAGE: Kathleen Peterson
to Frank Wing, April 2002.
73 Frank B. Hall retired from his
position with the State of Connecti-
cut on April 1, after nearly 30 years
of public service.
74 As the house engineer and
tour manager for Bela Fleck and
the Flecktones, Richard Battaglia
helped coordinate the band's Feb-
ruary performance at the Tennessee
Theatre in Knoxville. He was inter-
viewed for a story in the Maryville
Daily Times newspaper. Barbara
Rumplik Taylor is enjoying her pri-
vate practice as a marital and fam-
ily therapist in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
75 Melanie Kohn Day has
served as principal coach for the
Operafestival di Roma in Italy, and
last summer she began teaching
an opera course affiliated with the
Santa Fe Opera. She continues to
direct opera theatre at VCU. Dan
LeBar and Dorothy Bang LeBar
'76 celebrated the graduation of
daughter, Jennifer LeBar from MC
in May of 2003 on campus with
family, including Mike Bell '84
and Amy LeBar Bell '84. Gean
Hyden Nelson and her husband
have recently relocated to Colorado
Springs, Colo., and are enjoying the
snow and wildlife after more than
20 years in Dallas, Texas. Peter Vial
is now the associate for congrega-
tional development for the West
Virginia Presbytery and is pastor of
the Upperglade Presbyterian Church.
76 Delberta F. Coppage is hap-
pily teaching junior and senior
English, Pre-AP English, AP Litera-
ture and geography at Windthorst
High School in Texas.
77 David Adcock, a plastic sur-
geon formerly with North Georgia
Plastic Surgery, has joined the
medical staff at Hutcheson Med-
ical Center in Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.
Sheri Bone Mezzapelle is now a
lead teacher for the Head Start
Program in Dundee, N.Y.
FOCUS I S U M M E R 2003
Curtis Leonard '77
was recently named a senior
vice president in the com-
mercial insurance division of
Palmer & Cay. Leonard
joined Palmer & Cay in 1996,
when the risk management
and benefits consulting firm
acquired the insurance bro-
kerage firm he co-founded,
McMurray, Daly & Leonard.
husband Takeo John Itoh '82,
continue to live and work in Japan.
Takeo is principal of Keiai Gakuen
Mida Yochien and Judy is vice
principal and CFO. Email them at
'82 Brenda B. Babb McCroskey
is presently serving as executive
director of the Sevierville Chamber
of Commerce in Tennessee. Hus-
band Michael McCroskey is now
a partner with an insurance agency
in nearby Gatlinburg. John M.
Sanders was recently promoted to
associate administrator at the Alfred
I. duPont Hospital for Children in
Wilmington, Del. John was also rec-
ognized as a Fellow in the American
College of Healthcare Executives
MARRIAGE: Sheri Bone Mochamer
to John Mezzapelle on Aug. 5, 2002.
78 Keith B. Henderson and his
family recently moved to Isanti, Minn.
Bob Schmidt was elected 2003
Federation Division chairman for the
National Cattlemen's Beef Associa-
tion (NCBA) and as such will also
represent beef producers on the
NCBA Board of Directors. Suzanne
Schoen Vest took a new job as an
administrative assistant with Hull
Storey Retail Group in Augusta, Ga.
Of late, she has performed with
the chorus of the Augusta Opera.
79 After 20 years as vice presi-
dent of sales and marketing with
Ikon Office Solutions in Ohio, John
R. Thomas has taken a position as
Director of Community Relations for
Edgewood City Schools in Ohio.
MARRIAGE: Edward C. Herbert
to Teresa Shortt, March 8.
80 John F. Rhodes, Jr. recently
earned an advanced M.S. degree
in physical therapy. He is currently
enrolled in the Doctor of Physical
Therapy program at Rocky Moun-
tain University of Health Professions
in Provo, Utah. Steve Serotte and
wife Pamela are celebrating their
15-year wedding anniversary.
81 Catherine Carter- Stiles is
now splitting her time between
work as a stained-glass artist in
Maryville and business manager of
the Cliff View Golf Course in
Nashville, built and operated by
her family. Judy Grahl Itoh and
at the annual Congress on Admin-
istration in Chicago in March 2003.
'83 On Sept. 30, 2002, Ruby
June Davis Allman received her
commission as a major in the U.S.
Army Reserves Nurse Corps. In
March, she completed Officer Basic
Training for new Army officers.
Bryan McFarland is currently com-
piling a CD, entitled "All Around
Me," featuring many songs he wrote
and performed while a student at
MC. Bryan is presently serving as
campus minister at the University of
North Carolina-Greensboro. Tom F.
Hudson still resides in Columbia, S.C.
He recently formed eVox Commu-
nications, a freelance writing, editing
and voice-over company serving the
Southeast region. He continues to
be active in the Communications
Workers of America (AFL-CIO).
85 Benjamin Hornsby finished
his Ph.D. in audiology in May 2002.
He is now teaching and conduct-
ing research at Vanderbilt Univer-
sity in Nashville. Rethabile Masilo
and Ordi Ghaem-Maghami '86,
are living in Paris with children
Benjamin and Diane. They may be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIRTH: Laurel Woodhull Sever-
son and husband William, a son,
William John Severson, January
24, their first child.
87 Jacqueline Osborne Oster-
haus was commissioned a 2nd Lieu-
tenant with the U.S. Army Reserves
Medical Department in September
2000. She spent three months in
Germany in support of Operation
Joint Endeavor. When not in uni-
form, Jacqueline continues to work
as a family practice physician assis-
tant in northwestern Illinois.
89 Barbara Lee Bolt graduated
from the University of Houston-
Clear Lake in May 2003 with an
M.A. in literature. She now lives in
Gary Elrod '78 (right)
found a Maryville connec-
tion with Richard Ray, father
of Adam Ray '97, while
both were serving in Kuwait
with the 1 175th Transpor-
tation Company of the
Tennessee Army National
Guard. "It is a long story,
but I went from being a
retired officer in the Naval
Reserve to a Staff Sergeant
in the TN National Guard.
Life takes strange turns,"
Elrod recently wrote friend
Randy Lambert '76.
Gatlinburg, Tenn. In just his second
year as the head women's basketball
coach at Carson-Newman College,
Dean Walsh has been selected to
coach a women's basketball team
from the U.S. at the Arafura Games
in Darwin, Australia. This year, his
Carson-Newman team finished sec-
ond in the South Atlantic Conference
and was ranked 10th in the region.
MARRIAGE: Heidi Hoffecker to
Jim Petty, Nov. 30, 2002.
90 Marilyn McCoy Farmer
accepted a job as transportation
director of the Citrus County (Fla.)
School District. Husband Scott
Farmer is in his ninth year as a
deputy/school resource officer with
the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
BIRTHS: Karen Palka Nelson and
husband Lee, a daughter, Ava
Kathleen Catherine Cain Robbins
and Jamey Robbins, '96, a daugh-
ter, Sydney Marie, Jan. 25.
91 Peggy L. Bratt received her
athletic trainer certification in 2000
and her EMT certification in 2001 .
MARRIAGE: Karin Rhodes to
Edward R. Martinez, March 22.
BIRTHS: Ann Beaty Damron and
Michael Damron '92, a daughter,
Paige Elizabeth, March 3. Eileen
Freund Keplingerand husband
Brian, a daughter, Anna Grace,
April 3 Angela Stinnett Lunsford
and husband Steven, a daughter,
Madison Rhea, Jan. 13. Tammy
Guffey Powell and J. Scott Powell
'96, a son, Jacob Edward, Sept. 7,
2001 Frank Paul Schubert and wife
Cathy, a daughter, Grace Catherine,
Dec. 20, 2002 Vickie Wester
Schultze and husband Michael,
twin daughters, Kristen Renee and
Karie Rebecca, Sept. 18, 2002.
'92 MARRIAGE: Melissa D.
Masingo to Brian C Ownsby, April 12.
BIRTHS: Heather Newell Poirier
and husband Jacques, a daughter,
Lauren Gabrielle, Nov. 11, 2002,
their first child. Kipp Martines and
wife Michelle, a daughter, Tabitha
Jayne Martines, April 4.
93 Alyson Neville Knight grad-
uated from the University of Ten-
nessee-Knoxville with a master's
degree in public relations.
BIRTHS: Laura Connelly and hus-
band Rob Riehl, a daughter, Leia
Marie, March 19, 2002, their first
child. Leigh Ann Shoun Frye and
husband Jim, a son, Jackson Gor-
don, March 11, their first child.
Cindy Huffstetler Jones and hus-
band Bryan, a son, Gareth Carter,
Feb. 13 Jessica V Roitman and
husband Maarten H. de Kok, a son,
Maximiliaan Darius, Dec. 8, 2002,
their first child. Laura Stephens
Shockley and husband Brian, a
daughter, Anna Lauren, Oct. 9, 2002.
94 Julie Walker Danielson
completed her graduate work at
the UT, and is now working as a
librarian at Springhill Elementary
School in Knoxville. Ayesha Dastgir
has taken a position as a research
executive with Sirius, a marketing
and social research firm; she is liv-
ing in Bangladesh. April Millsaps
Gonzalez recently took a job as
assistant director and business
career advisor at the University of
FOCUS I S L M HER 2 .!
NC-Charlotte. Kelleen Breeden
Hembree is enjoying work in the
solid waste division of the City of
Alcoa. She lives in Townsend with
husband Kelly and two children.
Nancy Allen Lassiter published
her second book, "Proud Racer: A
Tail of Two Brothers." Her first book,
"Proud Racer: One Greyhound's
Journey," was published in 2002.
Howard A. Myrick received his
master's degree in public adminis-
tration from the University of
Memphis in 2002; he is employed
as a youth program coordinator
with the U.S. Air Force.
MARRIAGE: Lee Fersner to
Bradley Harms, Feb. 17,2002.
BIRTHS: Gina Davis Berman and
husband Drew, a daughter, Victoria
Ann, Dec. 26, 2002, their first child.
Matthew Heil and Lucille Bayless
Heil '96, a son, Mason Oakley,
Dec. 12, 2002, their first child.
William Richardson and wife Angie,
a son, William Spear Richardson V,
Jan. 28, their first child.
95 Lucy Giles Ezell became the
owner of "Elegant Alternatives," a
consignment boutique in Alcoa, in
MARRIAGE: Amy Lee to Kip
Baggett, June 22, 2002.
BIRTH: Elias Smith and Katrina
Woods Smith '98, a daughter,
Elisa Nycole, Nov. 23, 2002.
9/ Thad Alsup works for Safety
and Ecology Corporation, an envi-
ronmental engineering firm in
Knoxville, and was recently named
the 2002 Corporate Employee of
the Year. Kathryn McDonald Devine
is now working as a librarian at
Centralia College, Centralia, Wash.
MARRIAGE: Jon F. Davis to
Shannon Benner, Sept. 28, 2002.
BIRTHS: Thad Alsup and Monica
Blackburn Alsup, a son, Jackson
Lynn, Dec. 5, 2002, their first child.
Kyle Duke and wife Allison, a
daughter, Katherine Elizabeth,
Oct.14, 2002, their first child. Jason
Lay and Katie Brehmer Lay '99, a
daughter, Natalie Carter, Oct. 31,
2002, their first child.
98 Brandon Derrick was named
Teacher of the Year at Temple (Ga.)
High School for the 2001 -2002
school year David Franklin is a
first-year podiatric medical resident
at DVA-Baltimore. Cade Ruehling
graduated from Southern Baptist
Seminary on Dec. 13, 2002.
Rebecca Kiefer Seabaugh now
works as an in-home family thera-
pist for the Family Preservation
Program in Lexington, Ky. Jaclyn
Lang Simpkins became certified
through the Registry of Interpreters
for the Deaf with the certification
of transliteration in July 2002.
MARRIAGE: Aaron Damrill to
Megan Marie Trump, Dec. 28,
2002. Alison Hollenderto Steven
Kidd, Nov. 9, 2002. Amy Jones to
Timothy Thomason, Oct. 19, 2002.
Matthew McBride to Sarah
Chambers, Nov. 2, 2002.
99 Kendra Brownlow is leaving
Alaska in order to return to Mary-
land for graduate studies in Deaf
education at McDaniel College.
Audrey McFadden took her second
medical mission trip to South Amer-
ica in March 2002. She worked in
Naranjal, Ecuador, where her team
saw over 2,000 people in nine days.
She recently began her fourth year
of dental school at UT-Memphis.
Michael Hogan is now working as
manager of River Cities Bicycles in
Chattanooga and is training for an
Ironman competition. Jessica
King Hogan is getting her master's
degree in elementary education
from UTC and enjoys running in
marathons Melissa Lynn Warlick
graduated from Columbia Biblical
Seminary with a degree in Christian
education on Dec. 13, 2002. Gabe
Whittenburg recently accepted a
position as implementation analyst/
operations supervisor with CitiStreet
TBO Division in Jacksonville, Fla.
MARRIAGE: Leland C. "Lanny"
Blackwood, III to Meg Thoma,
Nov. 23, 2002. Michael Hogan to
Jessica King, May 26, 2001. Lesley
Roberson to Joshua Livingston,
Aug. 24, 2002.
BIRTHS: Sarah Knisley Arnett
and husband William, a daughter,
Audrey Elizabeth, Dec. 30, 2002,
their first child Gabriel Paul Whit-
tenburg and wife Molly, a son,
Braden Gabriel, July 29, 2002,
their first child.
00 Nathan Anderson graduated
from the New England School of
Law on May 23. Elizabeth Moore
Anderson is teaching at the New
Horizon Montessori School in
Louisville, Tenn. Brooke K. Daniel
received her M.Ed, in counseling
and guidance services from Clem-
son University in May 2002. She is
currently a residence life coordina-
tor for Florida State University. Teri
Green completed her master's
degree at the George Warren
Brown School of Social Work at
Washington University, St. Louis, in
May 2002. Amanda L. McCarter
graduated from the University of
Tennessee-Knoxville with a M.S. in
communications in December 2002;
she began her full-time position at
the East Tennessee Historical Soci-
ety in Knoxville in March 2003.
Chris Moore is now a researcher
for the Greater Minneapolis Day
Care Association. He will enroll in
the University of Minnesota's
Humphrey Institute of Public
Affairs this fall. Jennifer Moore
has completed her first year at the
University of Tennessee Law School
and is in England studying law at
the University of Cambridge.
MARRIAGE: Nathan Anderson
and Elizabeth Moore, on May 31 .
David Conner to Kendra Jones,
May 24. Jill S. Crisp to Jeffrey Keith,
J. Ashley Martin to Adam David
Foster, July 14, 2002. Chris Moore
to Amy Wick, Oct. 19,2002.
BIRTH: Josie Wilson McCroskey
and husband Benjamin, a daugh-
ter, Najena Mane, June 16, 2002.
01 Jessica Ballou is currently
attending the California School of
Professional Psychology, where she
is pursuing her doctorate in clinical
psychology. Leah Ford is graduating
from George Washington Univer-
sity, Washington, D.C., with a mas-
ter's degree in forensic sciences.
She has accepted a position as a
forensic DNA analyst with a lab in
Germantown, Md. Jessica Buckner
is pursuing an MTS degree at the
Candler School of Theology at
Emory University in Atlanta. Ashley
Craig built a new home in the Halls
community of Knoxville. She is a
regional account manager for AIM
MARRIAGE: Elizabeth Jane McK-
night to Tim Self '03, April 26.
orey Griffin '00 and
rica Wright '00 were
arried July 6, 2002, in
ecatur, Ala., with many
C alumni attending. Erica
i now teaching English
nd coaching soccer at
lomersville High School in
larshall County, Tenn.;
:orey is the assistant vice
president of Community
Bank in Meridianville, Ala.
BIRTHS: Joy D. Ogle Hester and
husband Jed, a son, Luke Lemuel,
March 9, 2001. Chester W.
Richardson and wife Becky, a
daughter, Anna Elizabeth, Sept.
02 Sarah Berkemeier left for
Colorado in January to begin 10
months of volunteer service with
AmeriCorps. Cherie DuBois is cur-
rently working toward a J.D. at the
University of Tennessee College of
Law. Josh Noah and Kellie Silva-
Noah are living in Houston, Texas,
where Josh is teaching sixth-grade
life science and Kellie is working
as an office assistant for a real
estate appraisal firm. Aimee
Olivier is currently pursuing a mas-
ter's degree at St. John's College
in New Mexico. She writes that
she's "lovin' the southwest."
David Ruble is also currently
enlisted with the Denver branch of
the AmeriCorps National Civilian
Community Corps; his team has
provided tax services in the Min-
neapolis-St. Paul region of Min-
nesota. Additionally, Krista Smith
is currently volunteering with
AmeriCorps in Phoenix, Ariz.,
where she works with kindergarten-
ers at a Hispanic charter school.
MARRIAGE: Courtney Alexander
to Rodney Holloway, March 23.
Josh Noah to Kellie Silva, Dec
28, 2002. £53
FOCUS I S U M M E R 2003
WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE?
A new job, a new home, a wedding or birth of a child? Please take a few minutes to let us know about the latest
developments in your life by filling out this card for the Class Notes section of FOCUS. ;*
Home Phone ( ) Office Phone ( )
Job Title Company
Marital Status Spouse's Name.
Class Notes News:
DO YOU KNOW A PROSPECTIVE MARYVILLE STUDENT?
Alumni and friends play an important role in our recruiting efforts by giving us the name of prospective students.
Our success in recruiting record freshmen classes is due in part to your help. Please take the time to complete this
card and drop it in the mail. We look forward to another successful recruiting year, thanks to your input.
Admissions Office Open House Dates for 2003-2004: September 27, November 1 and January 31, 2004
Mr. or Ms.
Student's High School Student's Date of Graduation
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE AN ALUMNI AMBASSADOR*
Alumni and friends play an important role in our recruiting efforts by attending college fairs and calling prospective
students. If you would like to help represent Maryville College in your hometown, please complete this form and
drop it in the mail. We look forward to another successful recruiting year, thanks to your input.
Admissions Office Open House Dates for 2003-2004: September 27, November 1 and January 31, 2004
Mr. or Ms. Maiden Name
City, State, Zip
Phone Graduation Year
502 E. LAMAR ALEXANDER PKY.
MARYVILLE, TN 37804-5907
502 E. LAMAR ALEXANDER PKY.
MARYVILLE, TN 37804-5907
502 E. LAMAR ALEXANDER PKY.
MARYVILLE, TN 37804-5907
*^> COLLEGE YELL ^^
How-ee, How-ee, Chil-how-ee,
Maryville, Maryville, Tenn-e-ssee.
c Rak <Rak c Rah.
Does this bring back old memories?
or decades, the Howee yell echoed in th<
Chilhowee Mountains - the sound of students
cheering on their teams from the
sidelines of Honaker Field.
Unfortunately, the Howee yell has fallen faint
in recent football seasons. We want to hear it
loud and clear again! If you know the cheer,
)rae back to lead it! If you don't know
the cheer, come back to learn it!
Just come back . . . back home to Howee.
For more information about Homecoming 2003,
call the Office of Alumni Relations, 865.981.8202 or
o the 3ea
REDESIGNED ENTRANCES, REPAVED CAMPUS ROADWAYS
AND UPDATED LANDSCAPING - these are only a few examples of the
recent accomplishments of the Campus Beautification and Improvement Plan.
To put final touches on this historic beautification initiative, die College is planting
trees and installing new and attractive campus lighting and park-style benches.
Now, you can become part of this historic program! You are invited to have
raur name or the name of a loved one honored on a new Campus Beautification
memorarion - an attractive and highly visible outdoor tribute that will
forever honor those individuals who
support the efforts to enhance die natural
beaut\ r of our campus.
For more information on how you can be a
part of this opportunity to support the
beauty ofMC, contact Jason McNeal at
865.981.8197 or jason.mcneal@maryvU-
502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Marwille, Tennessee 37804-5907
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
PERMIT NO. 309