College mourns passing of Dr. Jerry Pietenpol, former professor

College mourns passing of Dr. Jerry Pietenpol, former professor

Feb. 20, 2013
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

A memorial service for Dr. Jerry L. Pietenpol, a former member of the Maryville College faculty, will be held at 4 p.m., Feb. 23 at Highland Presbyterian Church in Maryville. The Rev. Dr. Billy Newton and the Rev. Ann Brunger will officiate.

Pietenpol passed away Jan. 26 at Kindred Healthcare in Maryville following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 77.

He earned a bachelor of science degree from Davidson College and a master of science degree from North Carolina State University. He also completed a master of arts degree and doctorate from Columbia University. Pietenpol joined the Maryville College faculty in 1990, teaching mathematics and computer science. At his retirement in 2000, he was an associate professor.

He was a longtime member of Highland Presbyterian Church.

“Jerry ran our computer science program when I started at Maryville, and we overlapped by several years,” said Dr. Jeff Bay, professor of statistics and chair of the College’s Math and Computer Science Division. “He, along with Bill Dent, John Nichols, Margie Ribble, and Paul Warne helped create an exceptionally welcoming division. Jerry had as gentle a spirit as anyone I've met, and I recall many students being struck by this characteristic and being drawn to him.

“In addition to being accomplished in the mathematical sciences (he had degrees in computer science and physics), Jerry was a very talented pianist and composer. I recall being wowed at a recital just before his retirement, which included a piece of music he wrote,” Bay continued. “Post-retirement, he'd occasionally play at Highland and often played at his retirement community while his health allowed.

“We will miss him.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Jerry L. Pietenpol Computer Science Award, Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pky., Maryville, TN 37804; or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Inc., 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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 1,197.