Alumni Citation Award & 
Kin Takahashi Award

The 2017 Alumni Awards Ceremony was held Oct. 20 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, as part of the College’s Homecoming festivities.

The College’s Alumni Citation was presented to Richard Henderson '57 and Melissa Barker Johnson '90. Since 1961, the College’s Alumni Citations have recognized graduates who have rendered such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who have rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College. (Details and Videos below

Shaun Hayes '06 was presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni, which is given to an alumnus who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society.  (Details and Videos below)

A committee met in early 2017 to review nominations and recommend winners to the College’s president and Board of Directors.

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Alumni Awards 2017

 

Richard Henderson ‘57click or touch to open

Richard Henderson

After graduating from Maryville College and majoring in biology, Dr. Richard Henderson ’57 attended Indiana University and earned his medical degree in 1961. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earning the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1965 for meritorious service as Chief of Outpatient Services, Orlando Air Force Base. He completed his residency in dermatology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he became chief resident after three years.

            He started practicing dermatology in 1968. In 1974, opened his own practice, Burlington Dermatology Center, where he would continue working until his retirement in 2015. He also served as a clinical associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1985 until 2015.

Throughout his medical career, Henderson has been involved in charitable work. He has instituted scholarships and worked overseas to help children in need of medical attention. He has traveled to Kenya with Healing the Children to assist with surgeries to repair cleft palates and to treat burn victims.  He volunteered with Global Health Outreach in El Salvador and provided surgery services in missions in the Dominican Republic.

Henderson and his wife, Marjorie, live in Mebane, N.C. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.

Melissa Barker Johnson ‘90click or touch to open

Melissa Johnson

A Blount County native, Melissa Barker Johnson ’90 graduated from Maryville College with a degree in business management. After working in a sales job for several years, she completed an associate’s degree in interior design technology in 2000 and has since put these skills to work in not only a new career but in a new mission.

In 2008, after renovating the bedroom of a friend’s daughter who had cancer, she created Kingdom Design Ministries, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to create dream room makeovers for children who have experienced devastation in their young lives. The organization’s goal is to improve the quality of life for children and their caregivers by providing long-term solutions that focus on health and wellness – all made possible through donations, fundraising, collaboration and partnerships. Kingdom Design Ministries donates the rooms at no charge as a way to restore hope in families and share God’s love. 

Johnson works full-time as the marketing director for Contract Furniture Alliance while serving as executive director of Kingdom Design Ministries, which has a volunteer workforce and no paid staff.

Johnson resides in Maryville, with her husband, Kent. They have two children.

Shaun Hayes ’06 click or touch to open

Marissa McInnis

Shaun Hayes ’06 majored in business and organizational management at Maryville College while serving as a running back on the football team. After graduation, he was drawn back to the Fighting Scots as a volunteer assistant coach. After serving as the running backs coach, he was named the quarterback coach, recruiting coordinator and video coordinator. In 2014, he was named assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and director of player personnel. He became head coach in 2015.

In fall 2016, Hayes completed his second season as head coach. These two seasons mark the first time in school history that a Scots football team has won back-to-back eight-win seasons or more. Hayes has had the best start for any football coach in the Scots' 120 years with his 16-4 record. Hayes’s teams have set records for athletes on the USA South All-Conference list and First-Team honoree list. In 2016, Hayes led MC to its third USA South Athletic Conference crown.

Hayes stresses the importance of academic success and giving back to the community. He and his players have supported several causes and non-profits, including Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Hayes, his wife, Ashley, and stepdaughter live in Maryville. 

 

Do you know someone deserving of an alumni award?

The privilege of making nominations for any alumni award is given to alumni, past and present faculty and staff members and friends of Maryville College.  Nominations must be received by January 1 to be considered for awards in the fall.

Alumni Citation

An award known as an “Alumni Citation” may be made to any alumnus of Maryville College (alumnus to be defined according to the Constitution of the Alumni Association) who has rendered such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who has rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College. 

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2016
Jim Cummings - 1956
Ross Hamory - 1970

2015
George Poland - 1961 
Steve Diggs - 1988

2014
William O. DeWeese - 1964 
C. Randy Massey - 1981

2013
Paul C. Elliott - 1963
George Roger Schember - 1963

2012
Alvin C. Baker - 1972 
Thomas Laird Jones - 1952

2011
T. Bryson Struse - 1961 
Melissa A. Walker - 1985

2010
G. Donald Hickman - 1970 
Carl P. McDonald - 1963

2009
Alvin J. Nance - 1979 
Elizabeth Sloan Welsh - 1959

2008
Terry Lee Dykstra - 1961 
Roger M. Nooe - 1962

2007
George C. Carpenter - 1953 
James E. McCall - 1957

2006
Corita Anne Swanson - 1958 
Mary Witherspoon - 1956

2005
Martha L. Hess - 1967 
Robert McElroy Shelton - 1955

2004
George E. Ogle - 1951 
Kenneth Douglas Tuck - 1954

2003
Sue Dawson - 1969 
Penny Piper - 1969 
Sharon K. Youngs - 1979

2002
Harold N. Cones - 1965 
Sheridan "Dan" H. Greaser - 1960 
Susie Shew - 1952 
John Stewart Shew - 1951 
Sarah B. McNiell - 1953

2001
Frank Moore Cross - 1942 
Clifford H. Henry - 1950 
Stanley B. Shields - 1937

2000
James C. Fisher - 1955 
Clyde H. Flanagan - 1962

1999
Boydson H. Baird - 1941 
Joseph M. Dawson - 1969 
Henry J. Van Hassel - 1954

1998
James Coleman Campbell - 1953 
J. L. Goins - 1963 
Fred Johnson Young - 1937

1997
Charles E. Allen - 1952 
Robert Norman Navratil - 1954 
Ethelyn Gardner Pankratz - 1956

1996
Bryant L. Cureton - 1960 
Linda C. Roberts - 1961 
Lisbeth J. Vincent - 1968

1995
Brian Henry Childs - 1969 
Penny Ferguson - 1969 
Robert Brown Short - 1941

1994
Ruth Burgos-Sasscer - 1953 
Frank Aaron Kramer - 1947 
Eula Mathews - 1935

1993
Bettie Elwood - 1952 
Robert W. Mahley - 1963 
Arda Susan Walker - 1940

1992
Catherine S. Beals - 1947 
Andrew W. Loven - 1957 
Guy T. Selander - 1957

1991
Inez Elizabeth Burns - 1929 
Anderson Dean Clark - 1951 
Delores Ziegler - 1973

1990
William Houston Chalker - 1950 
Elizabeth Dee Murphey - 1956 
Harwell Webb Proffitt - 1940

 

1989
Robert Cummins Dockendorf - 1947 
Elizabeth B. Knott - 1957 
Jean C. Rokes - 1933

1988
Dorsey Daniel Ellis - 1960 
Marcia W. Kling - 1956 
Mary Anne Woodring - 1952

1987
Margaret E. Goggin - 1940 
Fred Albert Griffitts - 1925 
Margaret M. Theissen - 1968

1986
Naomi B. Lynn - 1954 
Robert A. Lynn - 1952 
David W. Marston - 1964 
Hazel Marie Nichols - 1926

1985
Earle W. Crawford - 1935 
Virgil Shields LeQuire - 1943 
Louise Palm - 1951

1984
Charles Lee Burgreen - 1944 
A. Randolph Shields - 1934 
Sarah Traylor - 1929

1983
John A. Eaddy - 1962 
Dorothy Franklin - 1925 
Donald Emanuel Rugh - 1938 
Mabel Joy Rugh - 1939

1982
Sam Henry Blevens - 1937 
Raymond Irving Brahams - 1949 
Finis Gaston Cooper - 1918 
James Raymond Holsey - 1950

1981
Robert Alexander Broady - 1925 
Catheryn Berenice Fischbach - 1936 
George Franklin Fischbach - 1933 
Roy F. Kramer - 1951
E. B. Smith - 1940

1980
Willard David Klimstra - 1941 
Otto P. Pflanze - 1940 
Betty Louise Pinner-Poole - 1947

1979
Sarah Beatty - 1966 
Michael Presbyter Testa - 1934 
Anna M. Yoakum - 1954

1978
Carrie Lou Goddard - 1933 
George Podgorny - 1958 
John E. Talmage - 1934

1977
F. Herbert Hoover - 1952

1976
Carson Brewer - 1943 
L. Elizabeth Newcomer - 1933 
Maurine Sweitzer-Baskin - 1934

1975
John Calvin Crawford - 1927 
Alice Lester - 1951 
Mary Elizabeth Torrey - 1925

1974
Hope A. Ross - 1931 
Sayre Archie Schwarztrauber - 1951 
David J. Seel - 1946

1973
Paul James Hartman - 1936

1972
Othel Paul Armstrong - 1924 
Edward Henry Hamilton - 1926 
Kenneth Paul Kidd - 1934 
William Lupton Wood - 1938

1971
Carl Alette - 1943 
Percy Wilson Buchanan - 1922 
Agnes Lewis - 1923

1970
Samuel Wilson Blizzard - 1936 
Joe Caldwell Gamble - 1926 
Elsie Marie Klingman - 1940

1969
Lee Roy Herndon - 1922 
James N. Proffitt - 1938 
Fred M. Snell - 1942 
Hilton A. Wick - 1942

1968
Ernest Chalmers Brown - 1913 
George Brandle Callahan - 1920 
Rose Wilcox Pinneo - 1943 
Leland T. Waggoner - 1938 
Lamar Silsby Wilson - 1921

1967
Raymond Floyd Anderson - 1926 
Robert M. Arnold - 1940 
Ruth Bosworth - 1923 
David Samuel Marston - 1929

1966
Mary Sue Going - 1929 
John Albert Hyden - 1914 
Archileta Reba Lowry - 1928 
Clifford Thomas Morgan - 1936

1965
Paul Harris Fox - 1938 
Leland Shanor - 1935 
Sue Way Spencer - 1928

1964
Herrick Ransom Arnold - 1923 
Loyd H. Langston - 1913 
Roy A. Taylor - 1931 
Nathalia Wright - 1933

1963
John H. Fisher - 1940 
Wilson McTeer - 1925 
George Drury Webster - 1941

1962
Mary Kate Duskin - 1920 
George Cantine Kent - 1937 
Dan M. McGill - 1940 
Richard Edgar Strain - 1931

1961
Earl Winston Blazer - 1930 
Julian Johnson - 1927


Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni

An award known as a “Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni” shall be given to any alumnus/alumna (to be defined according to the Constitution of the Alumni Association), who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society. Learn more about him →

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  • 2016 - Marissa McInnis, 2004
  • 2015 - Joshua Phillips, 2006
  • 2014 - William Gavin Lodge McCammon, 1999
  • 2013 - Smith Jean-Philippe, 2000
  • 2012 - Christie Latimer Knapper, 2004
  • 2011 - Preston Fields, 2003
  • 2010 - John Trotter, 1995
  • 2009 - Yvette P. Franklin, 1998
  • 2008 - Kristi Falco, 2001
  • 2007 - Kristine Renee Tallent, 1996
  • 2006 - Erin Palmer, 1999
  • 2005 - Adriel McCord, 2000
  • 2004 - Julie Walker Danielson, 1994
  • 2003 - Christen McCammon Khym, 1996
  • 2002 - William F. Lukens, 1991
  • 2001 - John Francis Heidelberg, 1987; Karla Beard Heidelberg, 1988
  • 2000 - Jonathan A. Allision, 1990
  • 1999 - Kandis Schram, 1995



Wall of Fame

The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed to Maryville College athletics. Recognition is in two categories: “Regular membership” is reserved for those student-athletes who competed for Maryville College, displaying excellence in athletic competition. Nominees for regular membership must be graduates of the College. “Special membership” is granted to those people who have been of outstanding value to the Maryville College Athletics Program. Learn more →

 

 
HOW TO MAKE A NOMINATION:

  • Read the descriptions below and see which award is most fitting for your nominee.
  • Fill out our nomination form.
  • It's also helpful to have materials that support your nomination (vitae, newspaper clippings, commendatory letters, etc.). If you have such items, please either scan and email them to the Alumni Office or mail to:
    Alumni Awards
    Office of Advancement
    Maryville College
    502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
    Maryville, TN, 37804.

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Maryville College offers sincere congratulations and gratitude for the service of these fine alumni.