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Name Note
Lee Whetstone Allen
Class of 1938
Memoriam
Nancy Lee Allen, 99, of Greeneville, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Life Care Center of Greeneville. She was a retired librarian and was a member of New Providence Church in Maryville, TN. Survivors include a son, John David Allen of Greeneville; three daughters, Joy Sue Allen and Nancy Lee Allen, both of Maryville, and Ruth Allen of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Heidi Meadows Chitwood of Huntsville, AL, Amy Meadows of Maryville, David Thut of St. Petersburg, FL, Cami Demery of Raleigh, NC, Robbie Allen of Seattle, WA; great-grandchildren, Ben Chitwood and Grace Chitwood of Huntsville, AL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Charles H. Allen of Kingsport. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Alex J. Anderson
Class of 2012
Notes
will compete in 2016 CrossFit Games in July 2016. See more here:<http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Knoxville-athlete-to-compete-in-CrossFit-Games-382153951.html>
Harold G. Austin
Class of 1941
Memoriam
born Nov. 20, 1916 in Mt. Holly, NJ, was the only child of H.G. Austin, Sr. and Ethyl Forker Austin. He attended elementary school in Lavallette, NJ where his family had moved when he was six years old. His high school education was at Point Pleasant, NJ. A graduate of Maryville College, Maryville, TN, he also attended the University of Alabama where he was in the aeronautical engineering program at the time of his induction into the Army Air Force in Feb., 1942. On August 1st he wed Susannah Lupton in Lincoln, NE. In May of 1943 he embarked for England on the Queen Mary, now a troop ship in WWII. After three years and three months he rejoined Susannah in Chicago where she was employed at George Williams College. Harold found employment with TWA. Later he became an employee of B.F. Goodrich and then with Lamson Brothers brokerage firm and Harris Trust and Savings Bank. In retirement he was employed part-time with the local Magnavox distributor. In every situation lifetime friendships were formed. In 1958 he moved his family from Chicago to La Grange, IL. He quickly became engaged in community activities. As a member of the La Grange YMCA's Y's Men's organization he eventually served as their President and was instrumental in developing an active community extension program for youth with problems associated with drug abuse. This program now, independently, has widened to include peer counseling in the local schools. Additionally, as a member of First Presbyterian Church, La Grange, Harold served as an usher for many years. He was always a dedicated Jersey boy at heart, and a lover of the ocean where he swam and fished regularly in his youth. He loved the outdoors. Harold is survived by his wife, three children, John, Jim and Julie; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He passed away on Nov. 1st in La Grange, IL of natural causes. The family will hold a closed gathering of remembrance and reflection.
Helen Rawlings Baker
Class of 1943
Memoriam
Martha Helen Rawlings Baker, 94, beloved mother and wife, of Winter Haven, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Winter Haven Hospital resulting from a stroke. Born October 12, 1921, to Fred P and Mattie Fox Rawlings in Sevierville, TN, she attended Maryville College before transferring to the University of Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1942, she moved to Winter Haven, where she taught history at Winter Haven High School. She married local businessman, Cecil Baker on December 16, 1945. They just celebrated 70 years of marriage this past December. She was an active member at Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church for over 70 years. She was preceded in death by a son, Mike Baker and a brother, Dr. Frederick Rawlings. She is survived by her husband, Cecil Baker, 2 sons, Stephen Baker and his wife Jeanette of Winter Haven and Dr. Robin A. Baker and his wife Kathryn of Winter Haven, FL; a daughter Jane Ann Baker of Raleigh, NC; 8 grandchildren, William (Jennifer) Baker, Constance (Seth) Jones C.K. Baker, Henry Baker, Patrick Baker, Kevin Baker, Christopher Baker and Ian McKillop; and 4 great grandchildren. A funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church in Winter Haven. Interment followed at Lakeside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in her name to Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent at www.oakridgefuneralcare.com.
Jonathan Edward Ball
Class of 2009
Notes
and wife Camille, a girl, Emilia Coley Ball born May 11, 2016.
Jim R. Barber
Class of 1958
Notes
His wife, Barbara nee: Godshalk '58 died after an illness on May 16, 2015. He wrote to say, "We would have been married 57 years in August of 2015. We had a good life together. We met in Anderson Hall in 1954 in Mrs. Margaret Cummings Bible Class. Barbara taught pre-school and third grade. I served 4 pastorates from 1961 - 1999."
Linda Weissenburger Beachem
Class of 1973
Notes
Linda is pleased to report the birth of her granddaughter, Evelyn, who was born October, 2015.
Nikki Noto Benitez
Class of 2001
Marriage
to Richard Benitez on November 7, 2015.
Connar Benson-Epstein
Class of 2016
Notes
has been accepted into the Hult International School of Business' Master of Finance program in Boston, MA where he will study for seven months. The remaining 4 months of the program he will study abroad at one of Hult's international locations.
Donna Berg
Class of 1971
Notes
retired from Harrison Construction January 31, 2016, after 26 years of service.
Sarah Margret Berkemeier
Class of 2002
Notes
Myranda Austin Bertrand
Class of 2009
Notes
Was recently promoted to a new role within the Walmart Global Talent Management team. In her former role she was intergral in the communication and assessment measures of a new Walmart up-skilling training program called Pathways. She is now a Senior Manager on the Global Talent team leading the Corporate Intern Program. She has responsibility for all programmatic and communication efforts for approximately 300 interns that come into Northwest Arkansas each summer to get the full Walmart experience.
Kylie Baumgart Beukema
Class of 2011
Notes
is currently working at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado as a Family Medicine Resident Physician.
Ross E. Birchfiel
Class of 1960
Memoriam
Ross E. Birchfiel Jr., age 79, of Maryville, passed away May 11, 2016. He was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee and moved to Maryville as an infant. He graduated from Maryville High School, the University of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee College of Law. After serving as a Captain in the United States Army JAG Corps at Ft. Benning, Georgia, he returned to Maryville and entered the private practice of law. He retired from the law and joined his father, Ross E. Birchfiel Sr., in running the family business, Ross Furniture Company. He was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church and had been very active in the community. He loved watching Maryville High and UT play football, traveling, and fishing on Anna Maria Island, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Edna Birchfiel. He is survived by his wife, Linda Lyke Birchfiel; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Jim Webber of Maryville, Tammy and Jeff Wilkerson of Midlothian, Virginia, and Janie and Jeff Smither of Cumming, Georgia; grandsons, Jimmy and Alex Webber and John Ross Wilkerson.
Robert Bird
Class of 1949
Memoriam
Robert James Bird, age 91, of South Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away January 25, 2016. Robert (known as "Bob" to those close to him) was born in Newark, New Jersey, on April 14, 1924 to Robert Bird and Marcella DeLuc. Bob served in the United States Army for four years. He is an alumna of Maryville College (Class of 1949), where he met the love of his life Ann C. Bird. He then graduated from the University Of Tennessee School Of Law and practiced law in Knoxville for 40 years. Bob and Ann were avid hikers, in their younger years logging many miles in the Smokey Mountains. He was also a gardener, nature lover, writer/author, boater, and traveler. Bob and his family especially cherished quiet time on the porch of their Norris Lake cabin. He was a longtime active member of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville. Bob's humorous and playful nature will be missed by all who knew him. Bob is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ann Cook Bird; and a son, Robert Bird, Jr. Bob is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Bird-Sanchez; and son-in-law, Bryan Sanchez, of Ramstein, Germany. Per Bob's wishes, he will be cremated, followed by a memorial service on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 2:00p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919, where his ashes will be laid to rest in the Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at the Alzheimer's Association.
Bob Baxter Bishop
Class of 1979
Notes
under the pseudonym Robert Lane, has published the Jake Travis series of novels. His first book, "The Second Letter" was the Gold Medal winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice: Fiction. His third standalone novel, "The Cardinal's Sin" will be released in September, 2015. In advanced praise, Kirkus Reviews called it "…a cinematic tale…the prose is confident and clear, and the pacing smooth and compelling." His work is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can learn more at Robertlanebooks.com
Alice McCombe Block
Class of 1959
Memoriam
After a long illness, Alice McCombe Block passed peacefully with her husband of over 50 years at her side on October 28, 2015. Born November 29, 1937, Alice McCombe Block grew up in Waukesha, WI. Her loving parents were Charlotte and James McCombe. She received her BS degree in Education from Maryville College, a small Presbyterian liberal arts college located near Knoxville, TN. Alice's first teaching position was in Grand Rapids, MI. She moved to Madison, WI and taught fifth grade in the suburb of Sun Prairie. She enjoyed teaching fifth grade because she found that the students took an active part in their learning. Alice also began working on her Master's degree at the University of Wisconsin. Her thesis project involved having her fifth grade students tape record interviews with descendants of pioneer families. While at the university, she attended the University Presbyterian Church (Pres House), where she met her future husband, John, who was a graduate student in medicinal chemistry. They married in December 1964. With their new degrees, the couple moved to Corvallis in September 1966. Initially, Alice did substitute teaching, but, with the birth of her first child, she became a stay-at-home mom. Her many activities focused around her children and evolved as they grew older. At the First Presbyterian Church, she taught Sunday school and was on the Board of Deacons. In the latter capacity, she represented the church on the ecumenical Voluntary Interfaith Caregivers. Alice held different positions with Presbyterian Women including Program Chair and Moderator, and she was named a National Honorary Life Member. Alice attended several Presbyterian Women triennial national meetings. Because of son Alan, she was a Cub Scout den mother, den mother coach and day camp director. Because of daughters Bonnie and Charlotte, Alice was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, day camp director, Council Program Committee Chair and successful grant writer to fund campership scholarships. Another focus of her service was the OSU Folk Club. Alice was Scholarship Chair, Program Co-Chair, Secretary, President, Historian and OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop volunteer including Friday Morning Shift Captain and Board member. Throughout all of these volunteer activities, she focused on development of youth and their appreciation of and interaction with our diverse world communities. This led to Alice's intensive involvement with American Field Service (AFS), a world-wide high school exchange program established to bring about peace through international understanding at the grass roots level. Alice and John hosted students from Germany and Denmark before Charlotte spent a year in Denmark. Alice served as the annual AFS Fund-Raiser Dessert Chair for several years, Corvallis Chapter President for over 10 years and AFS Pacific-Cascades Area Council Area Hosting Coordinator for several years. She facilitated the placement of eight high school students from Uzhhorod, Ukraine, Corvallis' Sister City. Alice has received much recognition for her volunteer accomplishments. Perhaps she valued most being one of three finalists in 2003 for Corvallis Senior First Citizen. One of Alice's greatest enjoyments was travel, beginning shortly after the end of WW II when her parents took her to Northern Ireland and the farm where her father was raised. She made sure that John and the children joined her on some of these trips. She remained in close contact with her family in Northern Ireland and enjoyed sharing her Irish heritage with others. Other travels included Japan, Western Europe, Russia, Panama and Costa Rica. Alice is survived by her husband, John, and children Alan, Bonnie (Frank) Howarth and Charlotte plus two grandchildren Calvin and Claire Howarth. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Alice's name to Benton County Hospice Service, OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Scholarship Fund or Presbyterian Women Missions in care of the First Presbyterian Church. A memorial service celebrating Alice's life will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St, Corvallis. Please share your thoughts and memories for the family at www.demossdurdan.com <http://www.demossdurdan.com/>.
Barbara McCarter Bloy
Class of 1964
Memoriam
Barbara Jean McCarter Bloy died April 18, 2016, in Knoxville from dementia at age 73. Born in Philadelphia to Robert McCarter, a Presbyterian minister, and Ruth Julia Luckins McCarter, a lifelong educator and homemaker, Barbara was mother to two boys and an accomplished teacher of English literature. Like her mother and sister before her, Barbara graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, earning a scholarship to Maryville College. At Maryville Barbara completed a degree in English in 1964 and met and married James Bloy, a music professor, who fathered her two sons. She went on to earn a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Tennessee, part of a cadre of Maryville alumnae who were among the first generation of women earning higher degrees in Humanistic research. Her scholarly interests were naturally informed by her feminism, but outside the classroom as well she was a fierce advocate of equal rights and pay for women, for women who suffered domestic violence, and an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood. Barbara's teaching career had already begun at UT, and after her doctoral hooding she took up a tenure-track position at Castleton State College in Vermont in 1977. Three years later, she embarked on a preparatory school teaching career in Connecticut in order to provide a first-rate education to her two sons, first at Saint Margaret's-McTernan School (now Chase Collegiate) in Waterbury and then at the Taft School in Watertown. After both boys were off to college, she decided to live by the beach, and took a job as Chair of the English department at Ransom Everglades School in the Coconut Grove area of Miami, Florida. Dr. Bloy, as she was universally known to her students, sent a whole generation on to Ivy League success by dint of her rigor in honing their writing. Nearly a decade into her tenure at Ransom, Barbara spent an entire school year recovering from a rare lung disorder; her compromised immune system convinced her not long afterwards to leave prep school teaching behind and begin an active semi-retirement. She continued to walk the beaches and paddle the mangrove swamps of south Florida in her sea kayak. She continued to add her professional contralto voice to the choirs of her Episcopal churches. She also continued to teach writing at the university level, and started a new career as a textbook writer. She first wrote a skill book designed to be used with the Advanced Placement English curriculum at prep schools, then companion volumes to the four great Shakespearean tragedies for use in prep schools and colleges. Barbara is survived by her sister Dorothy, her sons Greg and Dylan, and her grandchildren Dorian, Julia, and Max (expected any day). She specified two epitaphs to be told to her grandchildren. First "I am content. I have had music" and second, "and gladly would she learn and gladly teach." A memorial service in Barbara's honor will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee or to the regional chapter of your choice.
Mary Bundy Boozer
Class of 1959
Notes
has been happily married for 55 years to Alec Boozer! She is retired from teaching elementary school, working at Macy's and Customer Service for Southern Living. She is active in McCalla Bible Church and in neighborhood activities. She says she is praising God for His blessings every day!
Adlai Boyd
Class of 1957
Notes
updated the College with the following information: "It's been almost 59 years, since I and my '57 classmates graduated from MC. Since that time, I have engaged in 5 careers: a)assistant minister (of education) at 3 large churches (Raleigh, Norfolk and Miami Shores); b) dean of students of two, small, church colleges (Lenoir Rhyne, NC and King College, NC (also assistant professor of philosophy); c) Director of Special Education & Training at the Western Carolina Center, NC (for 550 individuals with developmental disabilities); d) Director of Training at Temple Woodhaven, PA (center for people with DDs), while earning my Ph.D. in psychology, with a concentration in special education researdh; e) Executive Director of an organization operating group homes for adults with DD; f) Associate professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies, at the University of South Florida (retired in 1997 to my mountain home in Montreat, NC (near Asheville)."