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Name Note
Bill Franklin Breen
Class of 1955
80, of Huntsville, passed away Wednesday October 29, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Anna Mae Holland Breen, and sister, Julia Clark. Mr. Breen graduated from Maryville College in 1955 and entered Marine Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. He served in the US Marine Corp in the US and abroad. He was honorably discharged and promoted to the rank of Captain. Mr. Breen assisted in organizing the first Better Business Bureau in Huntsville, AL. He was self- employed in the personnel staffing and recruiting business, and was a charter member and captain of the Huntsville Quarterback Club. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Scottie; sons, Mark Breen and Harold Breen and wife, Valeria; granddaughters, Amanda Price and husband, Brandon, and Erica and Anna Marie Breen; and great-granddaughter, Rylee Scott Price. - See more at:
Emily Shurden Brewer
Class of 2009
will become the the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship's full-time Co-Director, with the current Co-Director, Rick Ufford-Chase, stepping into a volunteer leadership role as Co-Moderator. Founded in 1944, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is a nation-wide community of Presbyterians who seek to follow the nonviolence of Jesus by working to reduce war and violence in the world. Ufford-Chase, Moderator of the 216th PC(USA) General Assembly, has served since 2006 as Executive Director and more recently as Co-Director with Fritz Gutwein of Washington DC. This series of changes includes long-time Co-Moderator Roger Powers, Pastor of Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD, stepping down in September 2015. He currently shares that role with Elizabeth Shannon, Director of Campus Ministries at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Shannon will continue as Co-Moderator with Ufford-Chase. Gutwein, who also works as Development Manager at Jubilee Housing in Washington, will work as part-time Co-Director with Brewer. If it sounds like a fruit-basket-turned-over, there is good reason and a long-sought goal achieved. "In 2006," said Ufford-Chase, "PPF set the goal of becoming younger and building a partnership of generations for nonviolent action and advocacy. Emily Brewer has already shown that she is one of the peace leaders of the next generation. This is a great moment for PPF." A graduate of Maryville College and a PC(USA)Young Adult Volunteer in Guatemala, Brewer (left), receives her Master of Divinity on May 15, 2015 from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is under care for pastoral ordination with the Presbytery of East Tennessee. "In college I studied the tragedy of Latin America in the 1980s and wondered why Christians from other countries did not go to help protect the church leaders across Central and Latin America. And then I learned that the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and the PC(USA) were doing exactly that in Colombia today." She volunteered in the Colombia Accompaniment Program and other PPF projects, including service on the PPF National Committee and as a member of the 2014 Young Adult Delegation to Israel-Palestine. During the Gaza siege in the summer of 2014, Brewer helped lead a weekly Sunday night vigil at Union Seminary in New York. "We gathered rocks from the park and then read the names of each Israeli and Palestinian killed that week, placing a rock for each name on a pile in the Seminary quad. We thought it would be short-term. It lasted all summer-over a thousand rocks. Sometimes it took an hour to read all the names. It was a way to make the cost of violence visible in that community." During Ufford-Chase's work as Director and Co-Director, the Peace Fellowship led efforts to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, launched and managed the Colombia Accompaniment Program, began a nonviolent presence and advocacy for ending the Occupation of Palestine, joined in nation-wide efforts to reduce gun violence and racism in the United States and completed an Endowment Campaign that serves as a model for Occupation-Free investing. The leadership changes will phase in over the summer and be completed by September. For information on the ministry of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and opportunities to support and participate in that work, see <>. CONTACT: Rick Ufford-Chase (845) 608-4056 <> Jan Orr-Harter (817) 291-3952 <>
Chrissy Newton Brooks
Class of 1999
is among those honored by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal in its "40 under 40" list for 2015. The annual list recognizes "diverse young leaders who share a passion for making a difference." News Release: Chrissy Newton Brooks, 37, Senior director of national accounts, DeRoyal Industries Chrissy Newton Brooks equips doctors across the country with medical devices from DeRoyal Industries. Newton Brooks, DeRoyal's senior director of national accounts, represents the medical manufacturing company with one of the largest group purchasing organizations (GPO) in the country. "The vast majority of our products are sold through GPOs, and Chrissy is the face of DeRoyal to our largest, longest-standing GPO partner," wrote DeRoyal CEO Brian DeBusk in nominating her. "Chrissy's commitment to excellence and ever-present professionalism, coupled with her endless supply of energy and dynamic personality, are key attributes that make her so successful within our company. She represents a broad portfolio of products and services across a large base of over 2,500 hospitals, which requires her to identify and solve customer challenges on a daily basis." Newton Brooks manages GPO contracts for DeRoyal, allowing its medical devices and equipment to be purchased at negotiated prices by hospitals and physicians' offices. "I enjoy interacting with the key decision-makers in health care," she says. "We meet with all of the people that represent all the major hospitals and listen to what they need. A lot of these hospitals are having to do a lot more with a lot less, so we try to find ways to add value." DeRoyal leaders hired Newton Brooks as a business analyst in 1999 after they heard her present her senior thesis from Maryville College on the economic impact of an interfaith clinic to a hospital's board of directors. She joined the company's product management department, where she spent a decade learning about different products and worked with product engineers, including a team that was trying to improve medical fluid suction devices used during surgery. "The seal around the top of the canister is what the issue was," Newton Brooks says. Newton Brooks suggested using an adhesive similar to the kind used on flypaper to provide a better seal. She is credited on the patent for her part in designing the device. DeRoyal leaders promoted her to her current role in 2010, where she's been guiding the company's sales and marketing strategies and pursuing opportunities to expand the business into new markets. "Most recently, we implemented a new revenue enhancement system," she says. "We have learned from hospitals that they have to do things quicker and better with less people and we believe technology is the way to do that." Newton Brooks also chairs Maryville College's Business Advisory Board, where she hopes she's helping the school's graduates get a successful start in their careers. "At a time when career services is competitive, we want to make sure our students have the best opportunities moving forward," she says. BIO Education: Bachelor's degree, business and organization management, Maryville College; MBA, University of Tennessee Professional service and recognition: Member, Association of National Account Executives and Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute; inaugural member, Value-Based Medical Technology Association Community service: Chair, Business Advisory Board, Maryville College; violinist, Maryville College Orchestra; co-chair, United Way of Blount County Young Leaders Society campaign What she likes to do in her free time: Spend time with friends and her husband, Jason, and their children, Mary-James and Hall Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Sutton Brown
Class of 1976
who owns Brown's and Hardware store is an old-time country store with newfangled ideas. While the groceries are fresh and up to date, the same can't be said for the items for sale in the hardware section of the store. "We have old fuses and stuff that you just can't find at Walmart," said Jonathan Kent. Much of the hardware in stock was designed to fit plumbing and electrical fixtures from the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the store's customers travel from North Carolina and Virginia to purchase hard-to-find items. That includes apple butter kettles and two-man apple peelers and all sorts of unusual gadgets. While the inside of the hardware section of the store looks like it is still the 1950s, the store's roof is definitely 21st century. Row after row of new solar panels crowd the roof of the hardware section and the nearby warehouse. The panels have been installed over the past three weeks by one man, Josh Guy of Mountaineer Electric of Vilas, N.C. Guy finished the installation Tuesday. The panels should be connected to the grid by the end of this week. As a result of Guy's installation and the vision of store owner Sutton Brown, the old-timey store now has bragging rights in Carter County. Its solar panels can generate 44 kilowatts of electricity from the sun. That is remarkable because when the system is connected to the grid this week, Ken Markland of the Elizabethton Electric Department said Brown's output will be three times larger than Security Federal Bank, which produces 15 kilowatts from its panels. Guy said the installation of the wiring for the panels was difficult because the store and other electric customers were on an old 120/240 volt three-phase delta line, but Markland said it was not a problem for Elizabethton Electric engineers, and they worked with Guy on the connections. Markland said the system will have its own meter to measure how much power the panels are producing. The readings from that meter will be subtracted from the amount of electricity the store consumed each month. If the store used more electricity than the panels produced, the electric bill will be the reduced figure. If the panels produced more electricity than Brown's consumed, the store will not have to pay anything for that month and credit will be applied to the next month's bill. At the end of the year, the meter readings will be added up and if there is a credit of more than $200, Markland said Brown will receive a refund check. Guy said there are grants available for the installation of solar panels. He said Brown's was unable to qualify for a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture because Hampton was not considered rural enough at the time of the grant application. He said that has now changed and the USDA now considers Hampton to be rural, and its grants can be awarded to homes and businesses in the Hampton area. Markland said that even with grants and Tennessee Valley Authority incentives, solar panels have a long return on investment, but that is not the main concern of most people installing them. "It is not really a business investment. You can't use them to make a profit, but they can reduce your carbon footprint," Markland said. That means that Brown's can have a big impact on the market for 1930s implements, while its carbon footprint leaves a small impact on the environment. (Article on Facebook, sent in by Ed Best)
Heather Mathis Bryan
Class of 2006
a daughter, Hadley Nora Bryan on October 24, 2014.
Amber Mercedes Burley
Class of 2004
graduated from Maryville College and has worked as an interpreter in schools, colleges, business offices, hospitals, correctional facilities, political meetings and more. Amber attended graduate school at Xavier University in 2011 in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling where she interned as a case manager for Deaf families and at a high school in Puerto Rico. Since 2013 she has been on the management team at Sorenson Communications, the leader in video relay technology for the Deaf, as the Director in Atlanta and the Asst. Director in Cincinnati. Amber is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Cincinnati, and has had the privilege of sitting on the Maryville College National Alumni Board for two terms. Position Title Currently: Assistant Director of Interpreting -VRS Cincinnati Center Previously Director of Interpreting Atlanta and South Atlanta Education: BA from Maryville College 2004: ASL Deaf Studies/ Sign Language Interpreting MA from Xavier University in 2011: Clinical Mental Health Counseling -- and 2012 School Guidance and Counseling City of State of Residence: Cincinnati, Ohio
John Byron Campbell
Class of 1991
and wife Ann have adopted a son (Cruz Franklin Campbell) from Seoul, South Korea. Cruz was born Oct. 16, 2010. They have 2 other children, Chloe Campbell, born 6/24/1999 and Allie Campbell born 4/10/2001. John is a 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell, TN.
James Merritt Cates
Class of 1958
age 85, of Powell, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015. Jim was born on January 31, 1930, in Blount County, to Merritt and Grace Cates. He was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church of Powell. Jim was a graduate of Young High, Maryville College, and the University of Tennessee. Jim was a Korean War Veteran with the US Air Force. He was a member of Longstreet Zollicoffer Camp 87 Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was an educator for forty years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, which began in Rome, Georgia and ended in Knoxville, Tennessee at Farragut High School until his retirement. Jim participated in football, wrestling, and track in college. He coached these sports and cross country in Georgia and Tennessee. He was voted two times as Wrestling Coach of the Year in Georgia and two times in Tennessee. Jim was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014 and into the Farragut Hall of Fame in January 2015. Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father, Grace and Merritt Cates; sister, Penelope Cates Bishop; brothers, Charles T. Cates, III, Joe Y. Cates, and Hannum M. Cates. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Sherry Watson Cates; daughter, Angela Brown and husband Kenny, of Rome, Georgia; sons, James Cates, Jr. and wife Deanna, of Columbia, South Carolina and John Cates and wife Stephanie, of Milton, Georgia; step-son, Chad Capps and wife Joanna, of Johnson City, Tennessee; grandchildren, Zachary Brown and wife Amy, of Asheville, North Carolina, Hollie Brown Collins and husband Joseph, of Mt. Airy, Georgia, Jacob Brown, of Rome, Georgia, Merritt Cates, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Lea and Ben Cates, of Columbia, South Carolina, Chance, Blake, Jack, and Jessica Cates, of Milton, Georgia, Luke and Anna Lee Capps, of Johnson City, Tennessee; and great-grandchild, Maya June Brown; brothers, Steve (Shirley) Cates, of Oak Ridge, Pete (Judy) Cates, of Powell; several nieces and nephews.
Herb H. Catlin
Class of 1955
80, of Cookeville, TN formerly of Bay City, MI, will have a memorial service on Saturday, November 1st at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City, MI where Rev. Ann Grady will officiate. The Committal of his ashes have already taken place in Cookeville, TN. Fr. Catlin died Sunday morning, October 12, at his log home in Tennessee with his family by his side. He was born October 14, 1933 in Ogdensburg, NY to the late Herbert H. Catlin and Mary Grennon Wilmot and stepfather Leo Wilmot. He was a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy High School, in Ogdensburg New York. In 1955 he graduated with a B.A. from Maryville College in Maryville, TN. On June 18, 1955 he married Elizabeth G. Gilmer from Hammond, NY, who survives him. In 1958, he received his Masters in Divinity from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. Upon graduation from Seminary, Herb and Betty moved to Cookeville, TN where he was ordained deaconate in 1958 and ordained to the priesthood in 1959. He served as Vicar of St. Michael's Episcopal Church and the University Center from 1958-1962. In 1962, he and Betty moved back home to Ogdensburg, NY where he was the Curate for St. John's Episcopal until 1964. In 1964, he was called to serve as the Rector of Calvary Memorial Church, in Saginaw, MI until 1973 when he moved to Bay City, MI and became the Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, until his retirement in 1994. During their time in Michigan, Herb and Betty raised a son, Stephen and a daughter, Sarah. Herb and Betty were married 59 years, until his death on October 12, 2014. Upon retirement, they returned to Cookeville, TN and built a beautiful log house where they lived for over 20 years. His wife still resides in Cookeville. While living in Cookeville, Herb and his wife were active members of St. Michael's Church. He actively taught bible classes on Sundays, and served as a retired clergy for the church. He faithfully returned to his alumni of Maryville College each year, where he and other alumni spent a week building and preserving the historic campus. He served where ever he was needed. He took many trips to Israel where he studied Hebrew, and volunteered at Kibbutz Ramat HaShofet, either milking the cows or, his favorite being a shepherd of the sheep. Fr. Catlin was a gentle man who touched many lives, and was loved by so many people. Rev. Catlin is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) G. Catlin; one daughter, Sarah E. DuFresne (Brian) of Bay City, MI; one son, Stephen M. Catlin (Jennifer Brown) of Washington D.C.; grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Benjamin and Samuel; two sisters Lea (John) Kucharski, Sherry (Paul) Theodore; a brother, Joe Wilmot; and brother in-law, Wayne Gilmer; and by several nieces and nephews.
Lynn Ramsey Cole
Class of 1968
husband Bill, passed away on April 19, 2015 after a long illness.
Jeana Eddleman Cook
Class of 1944
93, of Panama City moved to heaven on March 30, 2015. She was born in Tellico Plains, Tenn., to Mae (Robinette) and Daniel Webster Eddleman. She was raised in an orphanage in Maryville, Tenn., following the death of her parents. She graduated Maryville College with Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology and University of Tennessee Memphis with a Medical Technology Certificate. She married Dr. W. Clyde Hughes and had three children. Following his death in 1963, she married Thomas R. Cook, Jr (USAF, ret) in 1966 and had two step children. She worked as a Medical Technologist at Lisenby Hospital, Monaco Laboratory and Gulf Coast Hospital until retirement in 1986. Jeana is survived by son Thomas R. Cook III (Carol Hile) of Fredricksburg, Va.; Bill Hughes (Susan) of Greensboro, N.C., Gwyn (Hughes) Miller and Laura Hughes Thompson of Panama City; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Dr. W. Clyde Hughes, husband Thomas R. Cook, Jr, and daughter, Carol E. Cook.Jeana was very active in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary where she served in many leadership positions including Commander, USCGA Flotilla 16. She volunteered over 40 years conducting school education, public affairs, search and rescue and teaching boating safety to many people. She carried out her Christian ministry by friendliness, kindness, love and gentleness to all she met.
Sue Clarke Cox
Class of 1946
passed away on Friday, October 3, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband George. Funeral services were 11:00 am Oct. 7 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church with Rev. Dr. Robert G. Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park. Visitation is 5-7 pm Oct. 6 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church or the Pat Summit Foundation (Alzheimer's research).
Emily Davis Crisp
Class of 2015
Adam Crisp '12 on May 24, 2015 at The Barn at Tuckaway Cove in Greenback, TN.
Kevin Gregory Crothers
Class of 1985
was named Station Manager for WYLA 97.5 FM in Charleston SC. WYLA is a non-commercial FM service of the Charleston County Public Library, where Kevin serves as Media Coordinator.
Linda Trostle Culver
Class of 1984
and husband, Lyn are enjoying their new job title "Traveling full time in a RV" after retiring.
Bill Howard Dartnell
Class of 1954
passed away March 20, 2014 due to a house fire at his home in Toms Brook, Virginia
Chad W. Davis
Class of 2003
and wife Lora announce the birth of Liam Davis on July 24, 2013.
Houston Lee Davis
Class of 2014
is currently interpreting at Pellissippi State Community College and Visual Communication Interpreting (VIC) in Knoxville and East Tennessee. In the past Houston has interpreted at Maryville College and mentored interpreting students in work study jobs while a student.
Delena Gray Diaz
Class of 2013
They got engaged on July 11th, 2013 on the Pont Des Arts Bridge in Paris, France. After a photography tour with his family brought them to the bridge, they bought a lock and personalized it. They placed a lock onto the bridge and turned to throw away they key. While posing for pictures as she threw the key, Tony got down on one knee. Once Delena finally turned around, he proposed with the most beautiful ring! They were married on October 11, 2014
Tony Antonio Diaz
Class of 2013
got engaged on July 11th, 2013 on the Pont Des Arts Bridge in Paris, France. After a photography tour with his family brought them to the bridge, they bought a lock and personalized it. They placed a lock onto the bridge and turned to throw away the key. While posing for pictures as she threw the key, Tony got down on one knee. Once Delena finally turned around, he proposed with the most beautiful ring! They were married on October 11, 2014