Alumni Citation Award & 
Kin Takahashi Award

The 2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony was held Oct. 21 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities.

The College’s Alumni Citation was presented to Jim Cummings ’56 and Ross Hamory ’70. Since 1961, the College’s Alumni Citations have recognized graduates who have rendered such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who have rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College. (Details and Videos below

Marissa McInnis ’04 was presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni, which is given to an alumnus who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society.  (Details and Videos below)

A committee met in early 2016 to review nominations and recommend winners to the College’s president and Board of Directors.

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Alumni Awards Ceremony 2016

 

Jim Cummings - Class of '56

Jim Cummings

After graduating from Maryville College and majoring in physics, Jim Cummings ’56 joined the U.S. Navy and served as an air intelligence officer.

Following his missionary family tradition, he went to Pakistan and India to serve as a teacher and coach. Returning to Maryville in 1962, he served as a Maryville College admissions counselor and later as a teacher and coach at Maryville High School.

He attended New York Theological Seminary, where he earned a bachelor of divinity degree with an emphasis on pastoral counseling, and Boston University School of Theology, where he earned a master’s degree in psychology of religion and pastoral care.

After ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Cummings pastored churches in Tennessee, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Florida over the next 30 years, eventually settling in Lakeland, Fla., where he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in the Highlands for 10 years.

In retirement, he has served interim and stated supply pastorates for churches in the Tampa Bay Presbytery.  Continuing mission work, he has supported the schools of the Presbyterian Education Board and Forman Christian College, based in Lahore, Pakistan. He has also helped build mission stations in Ethiopia.

Cummings has served as a Red Cross chaplain, and this year, he joined the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team.

He is a member of the President’s Circle, Society of 1819 and Isaac Anderson Society, and he has served on the College’s Board of Church Visitors. He established a family scholarship and has organized several class gift campaigns as president of his class.

Cummings resides in Lakeland, Fla., with his wife, Marilyn. They have two sons, John and Timothy. 

Ross Hamory - Class of ’70

Ross Hamory

Ross Hamory ’70 graduated from Maryville College with a degree in political science and began a 34-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that took him all over the world. He served in a variety of management and professional positions in administration and personnel management until 1987, when he moved to aviation security and became Deputy Division Manager of Civil Aviation Security for the Southern Region.

Hamory rose through the managerial ranks of the FAA, managing civil aviation security for the Europe, Africa and Middle East Region while living in Brussels, Belgium, and eventually becoming the Director of the Asia Pacific International Office in Singapore.

After serving as Director of the Office of International Aviation in Washington, D.C., he became the Director of the FAA Civil Aviation Security's Office of Operations in 2001 – three days after 9/11 – to manage aviation security activities worldwide. Before retiring in 2004, he was Director of the Office of Security and Intelligence for the Department of Transportation, reporting directly to the Secretary of Transportation. It was in this capacity that he led a team to Baghdad, Iraq, in spring 2004.

Hamory was awarded the Secretary of Transportation’s prestigious Gold Medal twice – once in 2003 for outstanding service after 9/11, and again in 2004 for his contributions to the rebuilding of transportation infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is a member of the President’s Circle and the College’s National Alumni Board, and he is a regular volunteer during Kin Takahashi Week. He and his wife, Chris McCormack Hamory ’71, live in Atlanta, Ga., and have two daughters, Jordan and Kelsey.

Marissa McInnis - Class of ’04

Marissa McInnis

After graduating from Maryville College as a double major in piano performance and environmental studies, Marissa McInnis ’04 moved to Alaska to serve as a team leader with AmeriCorps, working with native youth and the National Park Service.

She then moved to Washington, D.C., for an internship at AmeriCorps headquarters and began working on a master’s degree in environmental science and policy at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on hydrological issues and community-based solutions. These experiences helped her land a job at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In that role, she received a bronze medal award for automating the agency’s performance reporting process and received the President’s Quality Award for Overall Management in 2008.

In 2009, McInnis started a new role to build from the ground up and direct communications and outreach for the EPA’s Tribal Program. As White House liaison on tribal affairs, she handled communication on complex tribal environmental issues, and she received White House recognition for developing and managing the EPA’s Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program.

In 2015, she was asked to serve the White House Council on Environmental Quality as Senior Sustainability Officer for Climate Preparedness, and this summer, she started work as the Climate Change and Sustainability Manager for the U.S. Navy – a presidential appointment.

McInnis is a member of the MC President’s Circle and the College’s National Alumni Board, and she helped cofound the MC in DC alumni chapter in 2013. She and her husband, Ariel Laguilles, live in Washington, D.C. 

 

Do you know someone deserving of an alumni award?

The privilege of making nominations for any alumni award is given to alumni, past and present faculty and staff members and friends of Maryville College.  Nominations must be received by January 1 to be considered for awards in the fall.

Alumni Citation

An award known as an “Alumni Citation” may be made to any alumnus of Maryville College (alumnus to be defined according to the Constitution of the Alumni Association) who has rendered such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who has rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College. 

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See past award winners here -->

2015
George Poland - 1961 
Steve Diggs - 1988

2014
William O. DeWeese - 1964 
C. Randy Massey - 1981

2013
Paul C. Elliott - 1963
George Roger Schember - 1963

2012
Alvin C. Baker - 1972 
Thomas Laird Jones - 1952

2011
T. Bryson Struse - 1961 
Melissa A. Walker - 1985

2010
G. Donald Hickman - 1970 
Carl P. McDonald - 1963

2009
Alvin J. Nance - 1979 
Elizabeth Sloan Welsh - 1959

2008
Terry Lee Dykstra - 1961 
Roger M. Nooe - 1962

2007
George C. Carpenter - 1953 
James E. McCall - 1957

2006
Corita Anne Swanson - 1958 
Mary Witherspoon - 1956

2005
Martha L. Hess - 1967 
Robert McElroy Shelton - 1955

2004
George E. Ogle - 1951 
Kenneth Douglas Tuck - 1954

2003
Sue Dawson - 1969 
Penny Piper - 1969 
Sharon K. Youngs - 1979

2002
Harold N. Cones - 1965 
Sheridan "Dan" H. Greaser - 1960 
Susie Shew - 1952 
John Stewart Shew - 1951 
Sarah B. McNiell - 1953

2001
Frank Moore Cross - 1942 
Clifford H. Henry - 1950 
Stanley B. Shields - 1937

2000
James C. Fisher - 1955 
Clyde H. Flanagan - 1962

1999
Boydson H. Baird - 1941 
Joseph M. Dawson - 1969 
Henry J. Van Hassel - 1954

1998
James Coleman Campbell - 1953 
J. L. Goins - 1963 
Fred Johnson Young - 1937

1997
Charles E. Allen - 1952 
Robert Norman Navratil - 1954 
Ethelyn Gardner Pankratz - 1956

1996
Bryant L. Cureton - 1960 
Linda C. Roberts - 1961 
Lisbeth J. Vincent - 1968

1995
Brian Henry Childs - 1969 
Penny Ferguson - 1969 
Robert Brown Short - 1941

1994
Ruth Burgos-Sasscer - 1953 
Frank Aaron Kramer - 1947 
Eula Mathews - 1935

1993
Bettie Elwood - 1952 
Robert W. Mahley - 1963 
Arda Susan Walker - 1940

1992
Catherine S. Beals - 1947 
Andrew W. Loven - 1957 
Guy T. Selander - 1957

1991
Inez Elizabeth Burns - 1929 
Anderson Dean Clark - 1951 
Delores Ziegler - 1973

1990
William Houston Chalker - 1950 
Elizabeth Dee Murphey - 1956 
Harwell Webb Proffitt - 1940

 

1989
Robert Cummins Dockendorf - 1947 
Elizabeth B. Knott - 1957 
Jean C. Rokes - 1933

1988
Dorsey Daniel Ellis - 1960 
Marcia W. Kling - 1956 
Mary Anne Woodring - 1952

1987
Margaret E. Goggin - 1940 
Fred Albert Griffitts - 1925 
Margaret M. Theissen - 1968

1986
Naomi B. Lynn - 1954 
Robert A. Lynn - 1952 
David W. Marston - 1964 
Hazel Marie Nichols - 1926

1985
Earle W. Crawford - 1935 
Virgil Shields LeQuire - 1943 
Louise Palm - 1951

1984
Charles Lee Burgreen - 1944 
A. Randolph Shields - 1934 
Sarah Traylor - 1929

1983
John A. Eaddy - 1962 
Dorothy Franklin - 1925 
Donald Emanuel Rugh - 1938 
Mabel Joy Rugh - 1939

1982
Sam Henry Blevens - 1937 
Raymond Irving Brahams - 1949 
Finis Gaston Cooper - 1918 
James Raymond Holsey - 1950

1981
Robert Alexander Broady - 1925 
Catheryn Berenice Fischbach - 1936 
George Franklin Fischbach - 1933 
Roy F. Kramer - 1951
E. B. Smith - 1940

1980
Willard David Klimstra - 1941 
Otto P. Pflanze - 1940 
Betty Louise Pinner-Poole - 1947

1979
Sarah Beatty - 1966 
Michael Presbyter Testa - 1934 
Anna M. Yoakum - 1954

1978
Carrie Lou Goddard - 1933 
George Podgorny - 1958 
John E. Talmage - 1934

1977
F. Herbert Hoover - 1952

1976
Carson Brewer - 1943 
L. Elizabeth Newcomer - 1933 
Maurine Sweitzer-Baskin - 1934

1975
John Calvin Crawford - 1927 
Alice Lester - 1951 
Mary Elizabeth Torrey - 1925

1974
Hope A. Ross - 1931 
Sayre Archie Schwarztrauber - 1951 
David J. Seel - 1946

1973
Paul James Hartman - 1936

1972
Othel Paul Armstrong - 1924 
Edward Henry Hamilton - 1926 
Kenneth Paul Kidd - 1934 
William Lupton Wood - 1938

1971
Carl Alette - 1943 
Percy Wilson Buchanan - 1922 
Agnes Lewis - 1923

1970
Samuel Wilson Blizzard - 1936 
Joe Caldwell Gamble - 1926 
Elsie Marie Klingman - 1940

1969
Lee Roy Herndon - 1922 
James N. Proffitt - 1938 
Fred M. Snell - 1942 
Hilton A. Wick - 1942

1968
Ernest Chalmers Brown - 1913 
George Brandle Callahan - 1920 
Rose Wilcox Pinneo - 1943 
Leland T. Waggoner - 1938 
Lamar Silsby Wilson - 1921

1967
Raymond Floyd Anderson - 1926 
Robert M. Arnold - 1940 
Ruth Bosworth - 1923 
David Samuel Marston - 1929

1966
Mary Sue Going - 1929 
John Albert Hyden - 1914 
Archileta Reba Lowry - 1928 
Clifford Thomas Morgan - 1936

1965
Paul Harris Fox - 1938 
Leland Shanor - 1935 
Sue Way Spencer - 1928

1964
Herrick Ransom Arnold - 1923 
Loyd H. Langston - 1913 
Roy A. Taylor - 1931 
Nathalia Wright - 1933

1963
John H. Fisher - 1940 
Wilson McTeer - 1925 
George Drury Webster - 1941

1962
Mary Kate Duskin - 1920 
George Cantine Kent - 1937 
Dan M. McGill - 1940 
Richard Edgar Strain - 1931

1961
Earl Winston Blazer - 1930 
Julian Johnson - 1927


Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni

An award known as a “Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni” shall be given to any alumnus/alumna (to be defined according to the Constitution of the Alumni Association), who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society. Learn more about him →

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  • 2015 - Joshua Phillips '06
  • 2014 - William Gavin Lodge McCammon '99
  • 2013 - Smith Jean-Philippe, '00
  • 2012 - Christie Latimer Knapper '04
  • 2011 - Preston Fields '03
  • 2010 - John Trotter '95
  • 2009 - Yvette P. Franklin '98
  • 2008 - Kristi Falco '01
  • 2007 - Kristine Renee Tallent '96
  • 2006 - Erin Palmer '99
  • 2005 - Adriel McCord '00
  • 2004 - Julie Walker Danielson '94
  • 2003 - Christen McCammon Khym '96
  • 2002 - William F. Lukens '91
  • 2001 - John Francis Heidelberg '87, Karla Beard Heidelberg '88
  • 2000 - Jonathan A. Allision '90
  • 1999 - Kandis Schram '95



Wall of Fame

The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to Maryville College athletics. Recognition is in two categories: “Regular membership” is reserved for those student-athletes who competed for Maryville College, displaying excellence in athletic competition. Nominees for regular membership must be graduates of the College. “Special membership” is granted to those people who have been of outstanding value to the Maryville College Athletics Program. Learn more →

 

 
HOW TO MAKE A NOMINATION:

  • Read the descriptions below and see which award is most fitting for your nominee.
  • Fill out our nomination form.
  • It's also helpful to have materials that support your nomination (vitae, newspaper clippings, commendatory letters, etc.). If you have such items, please either scan and email them to the Alumni Office or mail to:
    Alumni Awards
    Office of Advancement
    Maryville College
    502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
    Maryville, TN, 37804.

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Maryville College offers sincere congratulations and gratitude for the service of these fine alumni.