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Norehan Abdullah
Class of 1987
After completing her Ph.D., Norehan has been named Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Northern Malaysia.
Susan Whitehead Allen
Class of 1985
Susan Hoskins Allen, age 74, of Clinton, TN passed away on July 13, 2015. She was an active member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Clinton and was a long time employee of both Maryville College and the University of Tennessee. She was a graduate of Clinton High School and Maryville College. Susan was a loving, caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who cherished life and time with her family, friends, and pets. She was an avid UT and Washington Redskins fan and had a passion for working crossword and jigsaw puzzles and reading. In addition, she was an accomplished musician, playing both the piano and organ at several different churches. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Gomer D. and Katherine B. Hoskins; husbands, Carl F. Allen, Jr. and Stephen Whitehead; a very special companion, John Sadler; and brother, Gomer D. Hoskins, Jr. Survivors include daughter, Margret M. (Peggy) Gore and husband, Paul; sons, Carl F. (Chuck) Allen, III and Joseph G. Allen; grandson, Daniel J. Gore; great-grandson, Rayden Gore; sister, Martha H. Frye and husband, Wilbur; brother, Clyde B. Hoskins and wife, Jeanette; nephews and nieces, Davis D. Hoskins, Cynthia L. Hoskins, Thomas W. Frye, John D. Frye, Katherine M. Hoskins, Eileena B. Hoskins, and Marielle V. Hoskins. Also dear friends, Martha Hess '67 and Diane and Bryant Ellis.
Jon A. Allison
Class of 1990
Jon Allison has joined the leadership core team at CareSource as Executive Vice President, External Affairs. Allison is an accomplished executive with experience leading high-profile initiatives and will direct the rapidly growing company's external affairs. Jon Allison, former partner with the law firm Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP has more than 20 years of experience in legislative and regulatory affairs, policy development, public relations and law. Allison founded and led the Ohio statewide Medicaid expansion coalition of more than 150 diverse organizations. From 2003 -2006, he was the Chief of Staff and senior adviser for Ohio Governor Bob Taft. Allison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College in Tennessee and a juris doctor from the Ohio State University College of Law. He is active in his community, having served on the board of directors for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and is a former gubernatorial appointee to the Ohio Lottery Commission. "I am pleased to welcome Jon Allison to the newly configured position of Executive Vice President of External Affairs. Jon has a broad background in strategic governmental relations and leading high visibility initiatives. He has a passion for the CareSource mission and will play a key role in helping us chart our future growth," Pam Morris, President and CEO, said. Dayton, Ohio (PRWEB) July 14, 2015 - For the original version on PRWeb visit: <>
Alex J. Anderson
Class of 2012
finished 13th in the world at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games in July. In August he came back to campus to speak to this year's Fighting Scots football team about his journey from being a student athlete to being a world-class competitor.
Helen Bewley Ashby
Class of 1940
passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Friends Homes of Guilford in Greensboro, NC, where she was a long time resident. She was 99 years old. Helen, born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, was the daughter of Verna Brattain and H.R. Bewley. She attended and earned a BA in English from Maryville College in Maryville, TN in 1940, and worked for the Farm Security Administration after graduating. In 1958 she earned a Master of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from Woman's College (UNC Greensboro) and was active in the beginning of the Family Life Council. Helen served as President of the Greensboro YWCA, and the UNCG Faculty Women and Church Women United. She also held positions as Assistant Director of UNCG's Institute for Child and Family Development; as a consultant for the Ford Foundation at Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India; and as Executive Director of the Greensboro YWCA. In the early 1970's Helen found her calling as an artist and learned to weave after watching a weaving demonstration in the mountains of Tennessee. First taught by artist, Maggie Smoot of Greensboro, Helen also studied at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC; Saterglantan Vavskola, Insjon, Sweden; and at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine. She studied with and was a favorite artist of famed American artist and teacher, Jack Lenoir Larsen. She had numerous shows of her work around the country and has many works hanging in residences, businesses and public buildings around the country, including the main foyer of the Jackson Library at UNCG as well as at the UNCG's Three College Observatory. Helen also loved and played the piano as a child and late in life returned to this love taking lessons from the late Dr. Henry Ingram at Greensboro College. In 1941 she married Warren Ashby, who taught first at UNC Chapel Hill and then from 1949 until his death in 1985 at UNC Greensboro where he established and taught in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments. He was also the first Director of the Residential College at UNCG, now named the Ashby Residential College. Together, they worked diligently and constantly for equal educational, civil and women's rights. Survivors are children: Dr. W. Allen Ashby (Karen Krick), Plainfield, NJ; Paul Ashby (Maureen O'Keeffe), Greensboro, NC; Ann Ashby, Charleston, SC; Grandchildren: Deborah Ashby Thompson (Steve Thompson), Ashby Lee Pettigrew, Randal William Pettigrew of Greensboro, NC; Graham Warren Pettigrew of Falls Church, VA; Suhey Ashby Taveras (Ruben Taveras) of Miami, FL.; and four great grandchildren Donovan and Alexander Japp of Greensboro; Daniel and Mia Elena Taveras of Miami; nieces Barbara Bewley Stewart of Bellefontaine, OH and Carol Bewley Nagel (Richard Nagel) Lewis Center, OH. The family received friends and family at an informal memorial service at the home that Helen and Warren Ashby designed and built, 1710 Wright Avenue, Greensboro, NC 2 on Saturday, September 6. Memorials may be made to NC State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 1811 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27635; to Friends Homes Inc at Guilford, 935 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410; or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at 2500 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC 27405. The Ashby family wants to sincerely thank all the staff of Friends Homes at Guilford who have wonderfully cared for Helen since 1995 and for the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro who have helped her and family in the last days of her life.
Harold G. Austin
Class of 1941
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.
Becca Durbin Baker
Class of 2011
is enrolled in UT's School of Information Science. She is in the scholarship program called ITRL2 for rural librarians. She also recently was promoted to Youth Services Manager at the Blount County Library.
Helen Rawlings Baker
Class of 1943
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
Jim R. Barber
Class of 1958
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
Linda is pleased to report the birth of her granddaughter, Evelyn, who was born October, 2015.
Donna Berg
Class of 1971
retired from Harrison Construction January 31, 2016, after 26 years of service.
Sarah Margret Berkemeier
Class of 2002
Myranda Austin Bertrand
Class of 2009
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
is currently working at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado as a Family Medicine Resident Physician.
Robert Bird
Class of 1949
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
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
Elspeth Robertson Blakeman
Class of 1978
retired from the San Antonio Public Library on October 31, 2009, after working 28 years with the library. She was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last year on July 10. She and her husband moved from San Antonio to Cleveland, MS in August 2014, and she has been having treatment for cancer since late September 2014.
Alice McCombe Block
Class of 1959
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 <>.
Barbara McCarter Bloy
Class of 1964
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.
Jay W. Bollman
Class of 1958
On Feb. 1, 2015 Jay and his wife Louise (Class 1959) moved back to Oregon. Beaverton is their new home and their son, Ken, is only 12 minutes away.