Allisons send third-generation family member to MC

Sept. 19, 2011
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

Brad Allison ‘82 is jealous.

The alumnus from East Palestine, Ohio, admitted his envy Aug. 24 – just moments before he and wife Susan Williams Allison ‘84 helped daughter Laura move into her room in Copeland Hall on the Maryville College campus.

“… people have asked me, ‘Are you happy or sad that your youngest child is going to college?,’ And my answer is ‘I’m jealous!’ I wish it was me going back,” he said. “I know she’s going to have a wonderful time.”

Brad, a political science major, and Susan, who majored in psychology, said they believe Laura will receive a top-notch academic experience at their alma mater and also form lifelong friendships – just as they did nearly three decades ago.

“[Laura’s] interested in music, so I was thrilled that she would have the opportunity to come here for that. Especially with this new Clayton Center for the Performing Arts. That’s a big change here.”

Copeland has changed, too, but not so much that they didn’t recognize the room configurations and floor layouts. They noticed changes in Pearsons Hall, too, but know that it still houses the main dining room for the campus – just as it has for 101 years.

“Maryville seems to have really kept up with the changing times, but yet I still feel a sense of community that we had here, the family, and just how it was a safe haven for us – a nice place to learn and grow.”

If Laura, a 2011 graduate of East Palestine High School, feels at home on the MC campus, it’s likely because the East Tennessee liberal arts college is in her blood.

“Laura will be the 11th member of our family to attend Maryville College,” Brad pointed out.

In addition to her parents, Laura’s uncle Matthew Allison ’84 and aunt Terri Roberts Allison ’84 were classmates of her mother. Her uncle Jon Allison ’90 and aunt Ann Allison Hall ’94 also graduated from MC. Graduates of another generation included her grandfather, the late James Allison ’52, and her great uncle, the late F. Dean Allison ’53.

On Susan’s side of the family, cousins Ruth Ann White Tensi ’86 and Steve Tensi ’86 are MC alumni.

“I actually have my cousin Ruth’s old room [in Copeland],” Laura said.

17 legacies among new students

In all, 17 members of the Class of 2015 are legacies, meaning they are direct descendants of former Maryville College students. In addition to Laura Allison, freshman legacies include:

Emily Amidon, granddaughter of C. Forrest Amidon ’56 and Katie Marston Amidon ’57.

Felicia Bowman, granddaughter of the late Wayne Foster '80.

Autumn Brown, daughter of Jackie King Brown ’99.

Alexis Daniel, daughter of Jessica Daniel Walters ’04.

Montana Dunn, daughter of Debora Weaver Dunn ’86.

Courtney Eaton, granddaughter of Hazel Wood Kees ’52 and the late Robert Kees ’52.

Mary Feely, granddaughter of Sarah MacGoogan Carpenter Feely.

Wesley “Payne” Fisher, son of Lorie Peters Fisher-Braly ’84.

Taylor King, granddaughter of the late Donald F. Taylor ’49.

Chase Sterling, grandson of Sheridan H. “Dan” Greaser ’60.

David Sturchio, son of Kathleen Scruggs ’08.

James “Zack” Tarver, son of Beverly Rothwell Tarver ’93.

Samantha Turner, daughter of Wendy Kallstrom Turner.

Kayla Walker, granddaughter of Vonnie Walker ’72.

Molley Welch, granddaughter of Richard “Dick” Abbott ’54 and Margaret “Peggy” Evans Abbott ’54.

Kelsey Willbur, stepdaughter of Kore Robinson Willbur ’04.

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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.