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SUMMER 2003 

^ a ryville COLLEGE 

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Blount County 
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 




















Maryville College 

Tuesday, September 9 


Tuesday, October"] 


Tuesday, November^ 



Author of 

A Parchment of Leaves 

Author of 
Tough Customers 
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 $ $ 

£s &, 

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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. 
Manual labor. 

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. . . 

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,, and 
parent Robert Simpson phoned in to share a simi- 
lar website, 

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. 


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. 

Maryville College 
is an undergraduate, 

liberal arts, residential 
community of faith and 
learning rooted in the 
Presbvteria n/ R eform ed 
tradition serving 
students of all ages 
and backgrounds. 

Maryville College 

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 

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." 


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 


. . . this College- 
community relationship 
is a two-way street. 
Over those decades the 
community has also 
done much for 
Maryville College. 

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 
right away. 

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 

Karyn Adams 

Director of Communications 

Karen Beaty Eldridge '94 

Director of News and 
Public Information 


Mary Workman 

Publications Manager 



Judy M. Penry 73 

Knoxville, Tennessee 


Rebeccah Kinnamon Neff '62 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

Vice President 

Carol Callaway-Lane '92 
Nashville, Tennessee 
Recording Secretary 

Tim Topham '80 

Maryville, Tennessee 


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 

FOCUS I S U M M E R 2 3 

goes up, 
old Lloyd 
comes down 


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, 
unattractive building." 

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. 


Maryville College 
continues to make 
improvements to 
its campus 

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 
International House. 
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- i 



KA w 

Porter and Tummel 
win J.D. Davis Award 

student-athletes Mar- 
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 
NCAA tournament. 

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 

Undergraduate Scholarship. 

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 
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. 


MC participates 
in international 


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. 

aryville College 
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 
Post-Secondarv Education 
(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." 

trips show 
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 




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." 


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 


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Name: Sara Moore 
Hometown: Sarasota, Fla. 
Major: Writing/Communications 
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.'" 

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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. 



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 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 
annual giving. 

Soon, alumni celebrating reunions will be asked to join 
CDS, but all alumni are encouraged to join. 

A pledge form is available online at 
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 



ic r 

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, 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 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 


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. 

Stuart, college 
employee, loses 
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 
old Fayerweather 
Hall and expanded 
the selection of 
merchandise. She 
planned special sales 
and promotions for 
campus customers. 

"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 



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. 

Right here, 
Right now 





.verajje household inconie - 
Mount County: $35,571 

verage household income - 
Tennessee: 532,047 

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; 


Director of News and Public Information 




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 
feature story. 

"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 
determining factors. 


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 


. 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 
and projects. 

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. 


Maryville College's role in the county's 
growth and personality is undeniable. 
Approximately 1,400 residents of the 

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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 


ryville 24,727 

Alcoa 7,410 

Friendsville 1,01 

Louisville 1,490 

Rockford 789 

Ibwnsend 457 


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 
national average. 

"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\';;; 



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." 


"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. 


To see this commitment to community 
involvement in action, one need look no 

MC students 

c do good' in 

Blount County 

By David Rasnake, Class of 2005 


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 
cleaner place. 

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 
local schoolchildren. 

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 
students work. 

"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 

Haven House 

Good Samaritan Clinic 

Keep Blount Beautiful 

United Way 




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. 




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. 



While the neighborhood's location is ideal to mami folks, it's what 


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 
'Berry House.'" 

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 
single-family residence. 

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 
Anderson Hall. 

"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 
Association (HCHNA), 
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 

Weitnauer are 

the proud own- 
ers. Bungalows 
like the one 

owned by Tom 

Evans '59 are 

typical of houses 

built in the 
neighborhood after 

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 
same time." 

Arguably, College Hill has always been 
neighborly. Comprised of approximately 



happens inside the historic district that makes people want to stay. 

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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." 


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 
cooperate." BB 

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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." 



(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. 


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." 


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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'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 
school teacher. 

'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 
their granddaughter. 

'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- 


James Paul 
"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 
Cureton '40. 

'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- 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 

two children. 

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) 
Presbyterian Theological 
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 
Chase '61. 

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 
fifth grandchild. 

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. 




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 
healthcare fraud. 

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 

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 




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 
November 2002. 
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 

m ^Wt 

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, 
Dec. 14,2002. 

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 
Healthcare Services. 
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. 
22, 2002. 

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 
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Homecoming 200 





How-ee, How-ee, Chil-how-ee, 
Maryville, Maryville, Tenn-e-ssee. 
Hoo-rah! Hoo-rah! 
Maryville, Maryville, 
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 





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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- 



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