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Name Note
Catherine Russe Abrams
Class of 2008
Marriage
to Taylor Abrams on September 17 in Milford, Ohio.
Lee Whetstone Allen
Class of 1938
Memoriam
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.
Alex J. Anderson
Class of 2012
Notes
will compete in 2016 CrossFit Games in July 2016. See more here:<http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Knoxville-athlete-to-compete-in-CrossFit-Games-382153951.html>
Alex J. Anderson
Class of 2012
Notes
2016 was his second year qualifying and competing at the worldwide CrossFit Games. In 2015 he received 13th place, and in July 2016 came in at 11th place! He said while he was hoping to do better this year, he is still happy to improve upon last year. He looks forward to this years training, and is hungry to get back out there and represent East Tennessee and Maryville College.
Katherine L. Anderson
Class of 2011
Notes
On June 16, 2016 Katherine Anderson '11 was presented with the Council of Organizations Serving Deaf Alabamians (COSDA) Interpreter Award. This award recognizes an interpreter who has demonstrated a commitment to the field of interpreting, the development of the interpreting profession and professionals, and demonstrates respect for and encouragement of current practitioners and consumers. Fellow MC alumna, Nancy Leisering Hayes '81 also won the award at this time.
Katherine L. Anderson
Class of 2011
Notes
was awarded the Marie Griffin Interpreter of the Year Award at the 2016 SERID Conference, held in Atlanta, GA.
Harold G. Austin
Class of 1941
Memoriam
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.
Helen Rawlings Baker
Class of 1943
Memoriam
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 www.oakridgefuneralcare.com.
Jonathan Edward Ball
Class of 2009
Notes
and wife Camille, a girl, Emilia Coley Ball born May 11, 2016.
Carol McCutcheon Bayless
Class of 1945
Memoriam
After a long illness, Carol McCutcheon Bayless passed away on 23 August 2016. She was born in 1924, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. At three she moved to the country town of Pittstown, New Jersey. The next year she began her schooling in a one-room schoolhouse where she continued until the age of twelve. At thirteen she began high school at Flemington High School. She graduated four years later at the age of sixteen. She matriculated to Maryville College in Tennessee where she majored in math and graduated summa cum laude in 1945. In 1946 she married Robert W. Bayless, a first lieutenant Marine Corps pilot. For sixty-seven years Carol was a professional mother; she had three children. In 1961, she undertook a new career, math teacher. With her profound understanding of math and of children, she became a master teacher and tutor, teaching for a total of thirty-three years (32 years at Palm Beach Day School) and tutoring for fifty-five years. She is predeceased by her husband, and her son, Hugh Wallace Bayless. She is survived by her son, Robert V. Bayless (Alice), and her daughter, Barbara Bayless Close (Thomas); by four grandchildren: Julia Close (Pete Gallogly), Bob Close (Staci), Felix Monell, and Robert Bayless; and five great-grandchildren: Ayden, Benjamin, and Cade Gallogly, and Sean and Devin Close. A memorial service will be celebrated on Sunday, 11 September, at 2:00PM, at Palm Beach Day Academy, 241 Seaview Avenue, Palm Beach. Rather than flowers, please donate to Palm Beach Day Academy (designate Carol Bayless on memo) where an appropriate memorial will be established.
Linda Weissenburger Beachem
Class of 1973
Notes
Linda is pleased to report the birth of her granddaughter, Evelyn, who was born October, 2015.
Nikki Noto Benitez
Class of 2001
Marriage
to Richard Benitez on November 7, 2015.
Connar Benson-Epstein
Class of 2016
Notes
has been accepted into the Hult International School of Business' Master of Finance program in Boston, MA where he will study for seven months. The remaining 4 months of the program he will study abroad at one of Hult's international locations.
Donna Berg
Class of 1971
Notes
retired from Harrison Construction January 31, 2016, after 26 years of service.
Myranda Austin Bertrand
Class of 2009
Notes
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.
Ross E. Birchfiel
Class of 1960
Memoriam
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
Memoriam
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.
Lois Miller Bishop
Class of 1950
Memoriam
Lois Corinthia (Miller) Bishop (1928 - 2016) After having struggled with Alzheimer's for several years and a recent massive stroke, Lois Bishop died in the Mesilla Valley Hospice on September 21st, 2016. Lois was born in Knoxville Tennessee on September 3rd, 1928 to Fred Miller and Eva Goin Miller. Her father had recently returned from service in the U.S. army from the First World War in Europe. He found employment as an accountant for a shoe company in Knoxville. He married and had two children, Lois the eldest. When the shoe company went bankrupt, he lost his job; but as a war veteran he was hired as an accountant for the Blue Diamond Coal Company. He then moved his young family to Morley, TN; the company's mining camp. Lois attended school in a one-room schoolhouse from 1st grade through 8th grade. She then attended the Jellico Tennessee High School, 30 miles from her home in Morley. Lois and her brother had to hike up a mountain in order to catch a school bus for an hour-long ride through the mountains to school everyday. During her high school years she was active in the Spanish Club and played on the Women's Basketball Team. After graduation from high school in 1946 she enrolled in Maryville College in nearby Maryville, Tennessee, a Presbyterian related college that her mother had also attended. Lois became engaged in 1946 to a ministerial student, Jay Bishop, a senior at Maryville College. She finished 3 years at Maryville College in 1949. Throughout that time she played soccer and basketball while majoring in Sociology and Psychology. She married Jay Bishop on May 24th, 1949 at the First Methodist Church in Maryville. They went on a honeymoon for a week and returned to Chicago where Jay was a senior at McCormick Theological Seminary. She got a job in a bank in Pierceton, Indiana and later worked as a cashier at The Children's Hospital in Chicago. After Jay's ordination into the ministry in 1950, they moved to Crescent City Florida where Jay became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. In 1952 Jay Bishop Jr., their first child, was born. In 1955 they moved to Toledo Ohio where Jay was the pastor of the Rosewood Avenue Presbyterian Church. Their second child, Rebecca Sue Bishop was born in 1955. Six weeks later, Lois was diagnosed with Tuberculosis and was admitted to the county T.B. Hospital for 9 months, where they were able to successfully cure her. Over the years Lois served as the minister's wife at First Presbyterian Church of Niles Ohio; First Presbyterian Church of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and First Presbyterian Church of Visalia, California. During those years of service, Lois was very active in the women's association; she taught Sunday school; and often provided musical support by playing the piano during Sunday school and other church related events. In all of the churches they served in, the most loved person was not the pastor, but the pastor's wife. In 1987 Lois and her husband retired to their home in Las Cruces where they happily lived for twenty-six years. They sold their home and moved into the Good Samaritan Village of Las Cruses, NM in 2015. Lois had struggled with Alzheimer's/Dementia for several years. On August 21st, Lois had a massive stroke, was hospitalized for two weeks and in hospice for another two weeks before she passed away on September 21st. Lois had celebrated her 88th birthday two weeks before passing. Lois's greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved animals (especially her Labradors,) music, old classic films, gardening, traveling around the world, shopping, dancing, sewing, playing the piano, and being a part of the church. She was fortunate enough to be married to the love of her life for 67 wonder years. She is survived by her husband Jay; her son Dr. Jay and wife Sue of Roswell, NM; her daughter Rebecca and partner David of Annapolis, MD; granddaughter Adriel Hill and husband Jeremiah of Clinton, MS; her grandson Sam and wife Anne of Long Island NY; grandson Matthew of Albuquerque, NM; grandson Nathan of Albuquerque, NM; grandson Ian of Roswell, NM; great-grandsons Judah, Levi, Simeon and great-granddaughter Naomie of Clinton, MS; her brother Jerome Miller of Mason, Ohio; and her niece Mary Ann Miller of Morrow, Ohio. Cremation has been chosen and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Las Cruces, with Pastor Norm Storey officiating. Arrangements are being made by Baca Funeral Services. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the sanctuary renovations of the First Presbyterian Church of Las Cruces.
Barbara McCarter Bloy
Class of 1964
Memoriam
Barbara Jean McCarter Bloy died April 18, 2016, in Knoxville from dementia at age 73. Born in Philadelphia to Robert McCarter, a Presbyterian minister, and Ruth Julia Luckins McCarter, a lifelong educator and homemaker, Barbara was mother to two boys and an accomplished teacher of English literature. Like her mother and sister before her, Barbara graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, earning a scholarship to Maryville College. At Maryville Barbara completed a degree in English in 1964 and met and married James Bloy, a music professor, who fathered her two sons. She went on to earn a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Tennessee, part of a cadre of Maryville alumnae who were among the first generation of women earning higher degrees in Humanistic research. Her scholarly interests were naturally informed by her feminism, but outside the classroom as well she was a fierce advocate of equal rights and pay for women, for women who suffered domestic violence, and an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood. Barbara's teaching career had already begun at UT, and after her doctoral hooding she took up a tenure-track position at Castleton State College in Vermont in 1977. Three years later, she embarked on a preparatory school teaching career in Connecticut in order to provide a first-rate education to her two sons, first at Saint Margaret's-McTernan School (now Chase Collegiate) in Waterbury and then at the Taft School in Watertown. After both boys were off to college, she decided to live by the beach, and took a job as Chair of the English department at Ransom Everglades School in the Coconut Grove area of Miami, Florida. Dr. Bloy, as she was universally known to her students, sent a whole generation on to Ivy League success by dint of her rigor in honing their writing. Nearly a decade into her tenure at Ransom, Barbara spent an entire school year recovering from a rare lung disorder; her compromised immune system convinced her not long afterwards to leave prep school teaching behind and begin an active semi-retirement. She continued to walk the beaches and paddle the mangrove swamps of south Florida in her sea kayak. She continued to add her professional contralto voice to the choirs of her Episcopal churches. She also continued to teach writing at the university level, and started a new career as a textbook writer. She first wrote a skill book designed to be used with the Advanced Placement English curriculum at prep schools, then companion volumes to the four great Shakespearean tragedies for use in prep schools and colleges. Barbara is survived by her sister Dorothy, her sons Greg and Dylan, and her grandchildren Dorian, Julia, and Max (expected any day). She specified two epitaphs to be told to her grandchildren. First "I am content. I have had music" and second, "and gladly would she learn and gladly teach." A memorial service in Barbara's honor will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee or to the regional chapter of your choice.
Katie Saxe Bolling
Class of 2008
Marriage