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Norehan Abdullah
Class of 1987
After completing her Ph.D., Norehan has been named Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Northern Malaysia.
Lee Whetstone Allen
Class of 1938
Nancy Lee Allen, 99, of Greeneville, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Life Care Center of Greeneville. She was a retired librarian and was a member of New Providence Church in Maryville, TN. Survivors include a son, John David Allen of Greeneville; three daughters, Joy Sue Allen and Nancy Lee Allen, both of Maryville, and Ruth Allen of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Heidi Meadows Chitwood of Huntsville, AL, Amy Meadows of Maryville, David Thut of St. Petersburg, FL, Cami Demery of Raleigh, NC, Robbie Allen of Seattle, WA; great-grandchildren, Ben Chitwood and Grace Chitwood of Huntsville, AL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Charles H. Allen of Kingsport. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Susan Whitehead Allen
Class of 1985
Susan Hoskins Allen, age 74, of Clinton, TN passed away on July 13, 2015. She was an active member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Clinton and was a long time employee of both Maryville College and the University of Tennessee. She was a graduate of Clinton High School and Maryville College. Susan was a loving, caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who cherished life and time with her family, friends, and pets. She was an avid UT and Washington Redskins fan and had a passion for working crossword and jigsaw puzzles and reading. In addition, she was an accomplished musician, playing both the piano and organ at several different churches. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Gomer D. and Katherine B. Hoskins; husbands, Carl F. Allen, Jr. and Stephen Whitehead; a very special companion, John Sadler; and brother, Gomer D. Hoskins, Jr. Survivors include daughter, Margret M. (Peggy) Gore and husband, Paul; sons, Carl F. (Chuck) Allen, III and Joseph G. Allen; grandson, Daniel J. Gore; great-grandson, Rayden Gore; sister, Martha H. Frye and husband, Wilbur; brother, Clyde B. Hoskins and wife, Jeanette; nephews and nieces, Davis D. Hoskins, Cynthia L. Hoskins, Thomas W. Frye, John D. Frye, Katherine M. Hoskins, Eileena B. Hoskins, and Marielle V. Hoskins. Also dear friends, Martha Hess '67 and Diane and Bryant Ellis.
Jon A. Allison
Class of 1990
Jon Allison has joined the leadership core team at CareSource as Executive Vice President, External Affairs. Allison is an accomplished executive with experience leading high-profile initiatives and will direct the rapidly growing company's external affairs. Jon Allison, former partner with the law firm Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP has more than 20 years of experience in legislative and regulatory affairs, policy development, public relations and law. Allison founded and led the Ohio statewide Medicaid expansion coalition of more than 150 diverse organizations. From 2003 -2006, he was the Chief of Staff and senior adviser for Ohio Governor Bob Taft. Allison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College in Tennessee and a juris doctor from the Ohio State University College of Law. He is active in his community, having served on the board of directors for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and is a former gubernatorial appointee to the Ohio Lottery Commission. "I am pleased to welcome Jon Allison to the newly configured position of Executive Vice President of External Affairs. Jon has a broad background in strategic governmental relations and leading high visibility initiatives. He has a passion for the CareSource mission and will play a key role in helping us chart our future growth," Pam Morris, President and CEO, said. Dayton, Ohio (PRWEB) July 14, 2015 - For the original version on PRWeb visit: <>
Alex J. Anderson
Class of 2012
finished 13th in the world at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games in July. In August he came back to campus to speak to this year's Fighting Scots football team about his journey from being a student athlete to being a world-class competitor.
Helen Bewley Ashby
Class of 1940
passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Friends Homes of Guilford in Greensboro, NC, where she was a long time resident. She was 99 years old. Helen, born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, was the daughter of Verna Brattain and H.R. Bewley. She attended and earned a BA in English from Maryville College in Maryville, TN in 1940, and worked for the Farm Security Administration after graduating. In 1958 she earned a Master of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from Woman's College (UNC Greensboro) and was active in the beginning of the Family Life Council. Helen served as President of the Greensboro YWCA, and the UNCG Faculty Women and Church Women United. She also held positions as Assistant Director of UNCG's Institute for Child and Family Development; as a consultant for the Ford Foundation at Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India; and as Executive Director of the Greensboro YWCA. In the early 1970's Helen found her calling as an artist and learned to weave after watching a weaving demonstration in the mountains of Tennessee. First taught by artist, Maggie Smoot of Greensboro, Helen also studied at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC; Saterglantan Vavskola, Insjon, Sweden; and at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine. She studied with and was a favorite artist of famed American artist and teacher, Jack Lenoir Larsen. She had numerous shows of her work around the country and has many works hanging in residences, businesses and public buildings around the country, including the main foyer of the Jackson Library at UNCG as well as at the UNCG's Three College Observatory. Helen also loved and played the piano as a child and late in life returned to this love taking lessons from the late Dr. Henry Ingram at Greensboro College. In 1941 she married Warren Ashby, who taught first at UNC Chapel Hill and then from 1949 until his death in 1985 at UNC Greensboro where he established and taught in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments. He was also the first Director of the Residential College at UNCG, now named the Ashby Residential College. Together, they worked diligently and constantly for equal educational, civil and women's rights. Survivors are children: Dr. W. Allen Ashby (Karen Krick), Plainfield, NJ; Paul Ashby (Maureen O'Keeffe), Greensboro, NC; Ann Ashby, Charleston, SC; Grandchildren: Deborah Ashby Thompson (Steve Thompson), Ashby Lee Pettigrew, Randal William Pettigrew of Greensboro, NC; Graham Warren Pettigrew of Falls Church, VA; Suhey Ashby Taveras (Ruben Taveras) of Miami, FL.; and four great grandchildren Donovan and Alexander Japp of Greensboro; Daniel and Mia Elena Taveras of Miami; nieces Barbara Bewley Stewart of Bellefontaine, OH and Carol Bewley Nagel (Richard Nagel) Lewis Center, OH. The family received friends and family at an informal memorial service at the home that Helen and Warren Ashby designed and built, 1710 Wright Avenue, Greensboro, NC 2 on Saturday, September 6. Memorials may be made to NC State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 1811 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27635; to Friends Homes Inc at Guilford, 935 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410; or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at 2500 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC 27405. The Ashby family wants to sincerely thank all the staff of Friends Homes at Guilford who have wonderfully cared for Helen since 1995 and for the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro who have helped her and family in the last days of her life.
Harold G. Austin
Class of 1941
born Nov. 20, 1916 in Mt. Holly, NJ, was the only child of H.G. Austin, Sr. and Ethyl Forker Austin. He attended elementary school in Lavallette, NJ where his family had moved when he was six years old. His high school education was at Point Pleasant, NJ. A graduate of Maryville College, Maryville, TN, he also attended the University of Alabama where he was in the aeronautical engineering program at the time of his induction into the Army Air Force in Feb., 1942. On August 1st he wed Susannah Lupton in Lincoln, NE. In May of 1943 he embarked for England on the Queen Mary, now a troop ship in WWII. After three years and three months he rejoined Susannah in Chicago where she was employed at George Williams College. Harold found employment with TWA. Later he became an employee of B.F. Goodrich and then with Lamson Brothers brokerage firm and Harris Trust and Savings Bank. In retirement he was employed part-time with the local Magnavox distributor. In every situation lifetime friendships were formed. In 1958 he moved his family from Chicago to La Grange, IL. He quickly became engaged in community activities. As a member of the La Grange YMCA's Y's Men's organization he eventually served as their President and was instrumental in developing an active community extension program for youth with problems associated with drug abuse. This program now, independently, has widened to include peer counseling in the local schools. Additionally, as a member of First Presbyterian Church, La Grange, Harold served as an usher for many years. He was always a dedicated Jersey boy at heart, and a lover of the ocean where he swam and fished regularly in his youth. He loved the outdoors. Harold is survived by his wife, three children, John, Jim and Julie; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He passed away on Nov. 1st in La Grange, IL of natural causes. The family will hold a closed gathering of remembrance and reflection.
Becca Durbin Baker
Class of 2011
is enrolled in UT's School of Information Science. She is in the scholarship program called ITRL2 for rural librarians. She also recently was promoted to Youth Services Manager at the Blount County Library.
Helen Rawlings Baker
Class of 1943
Martha Helen Rawlings Baker, 94, beloved mother and wife, of Winter Haven, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Winter Haven Hospital resulting from a stroke. Born October 12, 1921, to Fred P and Mattie Fox Rawlings in Sevierville, TN, she attended Maryville College before transferring to the University of Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1942, she moved to Winter Haven, where she taught history at Winter Haven High School. She married local businessman, Cecil Baker on December 16, 1945. They just celebrated 70 years of marriage this past December. She was an active member at Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church for over 70 years. She was preceded in death by a son, Mike Baker and a brother, Dr. Frederick Rawlings. She is survived by her husband, Cecil Baker, 2 sons, Stephen Baker and his wife Jeanette of Winter Haven and Dr. Robin A. Baker and his wife Kathryn of Winter Haven, FL; a daughter Jane Ann Baker of Raleigh, NC; 8 grandchildren, William (Jennifer) Baker, Constance (Seth) Jones C.K. Baker, Henry Baker, Patrick Baker, Kevin Baker, Christopher Baker and Ian McKillop; and 4 great grandchildren. A funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church in Winter Haven. Interment followed at Lakeside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in her name to Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent at
Jonathan Edward Ball
Class of 2009
and wife Camille, a girl, Emilia Coley Ball born May 11, 2016.
Jim R. Barber
Class of 1958
His wife, Barbara nee: Godshalk '58 died after an illness on May 16, 2015. He wrote to say, "We would have been married 57 years in August of 2015. We had a good life together. We met in Anderson Hall in 1954 in Mrs. Margaret Cummings Bible Class. Barbara taught pre-school and third grade. I served 4 pastorates from 1961 - 1999."
Linda Weissenburger Beachem
Class of 1973
Linda is pleased to report the birth of her granddaughter, Evelyn, who was born October, 2015.
Donna Berg
Class of 1971
retired from Harrison Construction January 31, 2016, after 26 years of service.
Sarah Margret Berkemeier
Class of 2002
Myranda Austin Bertrand
Class of 2009
Was recently promoted to a new role within the Walmart Global Talent Management team. In her former role she was intergral in the communication and assessment measures of a new Walmart up-skilling training program called Pathways. She is now a Senior Manager on the Global Talent team leading the Corporate Intern Program. She has responsibility for all programmatic and communication efforts for approximately 300 interns that come into Northwest Arkansas each summer to get the full Walmart experience.
Kylie Baumgart Beukema
Class of 2011
is currently working at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado as a Family Medicine Resident Physician.
Ross E. Birchfiel
Class of 1960
Ross E. Birchfiel Jr., age 79, of Maryville, passed away May 11, 2016. He was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee and moved to Maryville as an infant. He graduated from Maryville High School, the University of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee College of Law. After serving as a Captain in the United States Army JAG Corps at Ft. Benning, Georgia, he returned to Maryville and entered the private practice of law. He retired from the law and joined his father, Ross E. Birchfiel Sr., in running the family business, Ross Furniture Company. He was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church and had been very active in the community. He loved watching Maryville High and UT play football, traveling, and fishing on Anna Maria Island, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Edna Birchfiel. He is survived by his wife, Linda Lyke Birchfiel; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Jim Webber of Maryville, Tammy and Jeff Wilkerson of Midlothian, Virginia, and Janie and Jeff Smither of Cumming, Georgia; grandsons, Jimmy and Alex Webber and John Ross Wilkerson.
Robert Bird
Class of 1949
Robert James Bird, age 91, of South Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away January 25, 2016. Robert (known as "Bob" to those close to him) was born in Newark, New Jersey, on April 14, 1924 to Robert Bird and Marcella DeLuc. Bob served in the United States Army for four years. He is an alumna of Maryville College (Class of 1949), where he met the love of his life Ann C. Bird. He then graduated from the University Of Tennessee School Of Law and practiced law in Knoxville for 40 years. Bob and Ann were avid hikers, in their younger years logging many miles in the Smokey Mountains. He was also a gardener, nature lover, writer/author, boater, and traveler. Bob and his family especially cherished quiet time on the porch of their Norris Lake cabin. He was a longtime active member of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville. Bob's humorous and playful nature will be missed by all who knew him. Bob is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ann Cook Bird; and a son, Robert Bird, Jr. Bob is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Bird-Sanchez; and son-in-law, Bryan Sanchez, of Ramstein, Germany. Per Bob's wishes, he will be cremated, followed by a memorial service on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 2:00p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919, where his ashes will be laid to rest in the Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted at the Alzheimer's Association.
Bob Baxter Bishop
Class of 1979
under the pseudonym Robert Lane, has published the Jake Travis series of novels. His first book, "The Second Letter" was the Gold Medal winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice: Fiction. His third standalone novel, "The Cardinal's Sin" will be released in September, 2015. In advanced praise, Kirkus Reviews called it "…a cinematic tale…the prose is confident and clear, and the pacing smooth and compelling." His work is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can learn more at
Elspeth Robertson Blakeman
Class of 1978
retired from the San Antonio Public Library on October 31, 2009, after working 28 years with the library. She was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last year on July 10. She and her husband moved from San Antonio to Cleveland, MS in August 2014, and she has been having treatment for cancer since late September 2014.