Alumni receive awards during Homecoming

Alumni receive awards during Homecoming

Oct. 31, 2018


Maryville College recognized eight alumni with awards during Homecoming Weekend Oct. 26-28.

The College’s Alumni Citation was presented to William Heird ’58 and Betty Hammers Wiley ’53 during the Oct. 26 Alumni Awards Ceremony held in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Frank Twum-Barimah ’04 was presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni.

Former student-athletes Norman “Sonny” Hughes ’66Nancy Koehl ’87Kelly Moore ’93Jonathan Brabson ’98 and Chris Housewright ’00 were honored by the Maryville College Athletics Department with induction into the Wall of Fame as the 2018 class.

First presented in 1961, the Alumni Citation is awarded to the alumnus/a 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.

The Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni, first presented in 1999, is given to an alumnus/a who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi. In his 36 years of living, Takahashi worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society.

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 Oct. 1 to be considered for awards in the following fall. A committee made up of alumni and College staff meets regularly to review nominations and recommend winners to the College’s president and Board of Directors.

The Wall of Fame, which began in 1975, recognizes the College’s past athletes and coaches for their accomplishments and contributions to the MC athletic program. Nominations for the Wall of Fame may be submitted online.

Heird’s research improves neonatal nutrition

William Heird came to Maryville College from Friendsville, Tenn. With plans for a career in medicine, he majored in chemistry and joined the Pre-Med Club.

After MC, he enrolled at Vanderbilt University, earning a master’s degree in pharmacology in 1963 and a medical degree in 1964. He completed pediatric training at Vanderbilt and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center’s Babies Hospital and, in 1971, joined the faculty of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He taught in the college’s department of pediatrics until 1990, when he accepted a position as professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine’s Children’s Nutrition Research Center.

Heird’s major research interests have included protein and energy needs of low birth weight infants, nutrient metabolism and the development of both term and preterm infants. Throughout his career, he has been a member of several professional scientific societies and has published extensively on pediatric and neonatal nutrition.

A 1994 winner of the Nutrition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Heird was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition in 2004.

Today, he and wife Jane make their home in Houston.

Wiley builds community

Betty Hammers Wiley majored in sociology and was a member of numerous student organizations, especially those where she was able to use her talents for singing. At MC, she also met Jim Wiley ’54, a pre-dental student from Memphis. Marrying in 1955, they had three children and eventually settled in Purcellville, Va., where Betty began lending her time and talents to various non-profit and civic groups. She was the founder and first organizing director of the Loudoun Valley (Va.) Community Center after serving two years on the first Parks and Recreation Board. 

The Wileys were one of six families to organize St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, and Betty was involved in church choirs until a complete loss of hearing rendered her unable to continue. She then helped start the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center and SelfHelp for the Hard of Hearing Chapter in Loudoun.

Her recognitions include “Dr. James and Mrs. Betty Wiley Day” by the town of Purcellville in recognition of her and Jim’s numerous contributions to the area.

As an older adult, Betty has taken up painting, even having works commissioned and selling her pieces at local art shows. She is an active member of the MC in DC Alumni Chapter.

Twum-Barimah is humanitarian in Western Africa

Frank Twum-Barimah was introduced to Maryville College by the late George Carpenter ’53, a Presbyterian minister who first met the Twum-Barimah family in Ghana in 1997. Carpenter, on a mission trip for the Presbytery of Salem, saw leadership potential in the young Ghanaian and helped him realize a Maryville College education.

At MC, Twum-Barimah majored in business and organization management and was involved in the Student Government Association, Habitat for Humanity, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Boys and Girls Club.

After graduation in 2004, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee and went to work for Armstrong State University in Georgia before returning to Africa.

After working for three years as a consultant in development projects in Ghana, Twum-Barimah went to work for World Vision International, a global Christian humanitarian organization that partners with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Since 2013, he has held three positions with World Vision.

Today, as interim operations director for the regional office in West Africa, Twum-Barimah provides technical support to the nine countries where World Vision responds to large-scale emergency situations.

He and wife Alia are parents to Jayna Anima and Jax Kofi.

Five inducted into Wall of Fame

Norman "Sonny" Hughes was a two-time baseball team captain and posted two of the top three offensive seasons in the decade of the 1960’s, hitting .365 as a sophomore and .427 as a senior.

Nancy Koehl excelled on the basketball court and softball field from 1983-1987. Primarily a shortstop, she was called to the pitching circle and recorded the school’s first fast pitch no-hitter against Tennessee Tech in 1984. This .323 career hitter in fast-pitch challenges, helped Scots Softball post back-to-back 20+ win seasons her junior and senior seasons. She was named a J.D. Davis Award winner in 1987.

A dual-threat quarterback for the Scots football team from 1988 until 1991, Kelly Moore finished his career with 2,827 career total yards that included more than 1,700 yards passing. He was instrumental in the Scots’ 7-3 record in 1991, which was the first seven-win season since 1979.

Jonathan Brabson made a name for himself on the soccer pitch, where, as defender, he helped MC to back-to-back school records with 15 wins in 1994 and 1995. In 1995, he was a key piece that helped the Scots earn the program’s first NCAA post-season appearance.

Chris Housewright played basketball from 1996 until 2000 and finished as the College’s No. 7 all-time scorer with 1,491 career points. A three-time team MVP and two-time All-South Region performer helped the Scots to an 82-24 record and three NCAA post-season bids. He was presented the J.D. Davis Award in 2000.

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”