Oct. 19, 2012
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Dr. Terry Bunde, Maryville College professor emeritus of chemistry, was presented the College’s Medallion during the annual Founder’s Day banquet held Thursday night in the William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer of the Clayton Center for the Arts.
More than 250 people were in attendance.
Bunde, who retired in May after 35 years of teaching, was selected for the Medallion – Maryville College’s highest honor – because of his award-winning teaching and numerous efforts to raise the reputation and visibility of the liberal arts college.
“Awarded since 1990, the Maryville College Medallion recognizes those individuals who have helped immeasurably toward perpetuating the College as a distinctive educational and cultural institution and who have had a profound influence on the future course of Maryville College,” said Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart, president of the College, at the beginning of the presentation. “Recipients of the Medallion are chosen on the basis of exemplary service to Maryville College, outstanding service to their community and church, and prominence and leadership in their chosen profession or career.”
Three individuals were called to the podium to talk about Bunde’s accomplishments and lasting legacy: Dr. Timothy Poole '80, a Maryville College alumnus who was one of Bunde’s first chemistry students; Dr. Dean Boldon, professor emeritus of sociology and former academic dean of Maryville College; and the Rev. Dr. Emily Anderson, former member of the College’s Board of Directors and pastor of New Providence Presbyterian Church, where Bunde and wife Pam are members.
Poole spoke about Bunde’s gifts as a teacher and the friendship that the two had maintained since Poole’s graduation 32 years ago, pointing out that he was present for Bunde’s first lecture in 1977 and his last lecture on May 11, 2012.
Boldon, who described the Medallion recipient as a “friend and colleague” for 30 years, spoke about how Bunde had held to the central values of Maryville College: teaching, engaging in a broad range of study, and demonstrating collegiality among faculty and administrators.
“When Terry gave his ‘Last Lecture’ in May, he discussed what he called ‘The Giants of Maryville College’ – great faculty or other leaders who were here when he arrived and set examples that he tried to emulate. Four of them – Carolyn Blair, Arda Walker, Art Bushing and Martha Hess – received the award Terry receives tonight,” Boldon said. “And, if pursuing the central values they held dear has been his goal, he’s done well.”
Anderson said there was “no finer ambassador” of the College’s mission to prepare students for lives of citizenship and leadership and to “dedicate a life of creativity and service to the peoples of the world” than Bunde.
“Our lives are richer because we know Terry, this College is a finer institution because of his contributions, and the world is a better place because he has been a part of it,” she said.
Musicians Jay Clark '96 and Keith Garrett '94, both former students of Bunde, played a protest song in his honor prior to the official presentation by alumnus and Board Chairman Wayne Kramer.
As a part of the College’s Homecoming festivities, a retirement reception for Bunde will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Oct. 20, in Sutton Science Center, room 223.
During the reception, the College will formally dedicate the new Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, which was purchased with $28,000 donated by alumni in honor of Bunde. The campaign took only six months to complete.
Bunde initiated fundraising for the spectrometer in 2011, explaining that he wanted to use his retirement as an opportunity to talk about the needs and the future of the Maryville College Chemistry Department.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.