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Fall 2021
Dean Jeff Ray

Dean Jeff Ray led College of Engineering and Technology through unprecedented growth



In July, the Western Carolina University community mourned the passing of Jeff Ray. Ray served as the dean of the College of Engineering and Technology and was a tenured professor at WCU since 2014.

“Jeff was a strong advocate for the college, our students, and for WCU. We will miss him dearly,” said Richard Starnes ’92 MA ’94, WCU Provost.

Known for his sense of community and relentless optimism, Ray never failed to acknowledge and give kudos to his colleagues and others. He led the college through unprecedented growth in programs and student enrollment for the past seven years.

Eager to bring WCU students and science, technology, engineering and math subjects together, Ray, and his wife, Tina, established the Hopkins and Ray Engineering and Technology Endowed Scholarship in June 2018.

Prior to joining WCU, Ray served as the dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Management at Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta. Before then, Ray served as director and professor in the School of Engineering at Grand Valley State University, and as associate professor and chair of the mechanical engineering program there. He also previously was an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Youngstown State University and a biomedical research engineer at Vanderbilt University.

Ray was a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, serving as chair of the organization’s engineering technology council and vice president of its institutional councils. He was recently elected to the director position of the ASEE’s Engineering Deans Council.

He earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Tennessee Technological University.

Alumni Deaths

William R. Addertion ’84
Jan. 16, 2021; Stokesdale

J. Burlen Aldridge MAEd ’68
March 7, 2021; Robbinsville

Arthur S. Allen Sr. ’85
Jan. 20, 2021; Greensboro

Donald D. Allison ’76
Feb. 5, 2021; Hendersonville

Trevor J. Arrowood ’17
Jan. 5, 2021; Columbus

Kenneth E. Ashe ’56
Jan. 18, 2021; Waynesville 

Linda S. Assad ’91
June 7, 2020; Gaffney, South Carolina

Andria A. Banks ’99
Aug. 18, 2020; Ridgeland, South Carolina

Teressa Banks ’85
June 9, 2020; Washington

Theodore A. Baroody ’74 MA ’78
Aug. 18, 2020; Kingsport, Tennessee

James E. Basham ’77
Sept. 9, 2020; Anna, Texas

Dora R. Belew ’64
Dec. 27, 2020; Weatherford, Texas

Doley S. Bell Jr. ’74
Dec. 24, 2020; Hendersonville

Donald C. Bell MAEd ’80 EDS ’83
Jan. 31, 2021; Rutherford

Crystal Bennett ’15
Jan. 13, 2021; West Jefferson

Mary J. Bidwell ’84
June 13, 2020; Waynesville

Susan K. Bindrim ’87 MAEd ’70
Dec. 22, 2020; Rocky Mount

Glenda F. Bingham ’68
July 12, 2020; Denton

Larry D. Blackman ’70
Dec. 10, 2020; McKenzie, Tennessee

Juanita W. Blake MS ’88
Sept. 20, 20202; Linville

Philip J. Bonds ’81
June 24, 2020; Concord

Marsha M. Boone MAEd ’81
Nov. 9, 2020; Weaverville

Myrtle Braswell ’86
Sept. 19, 2020; Morganton

Charles D. Britt ’62
Jan. 10, 2021; Spotsylvania, Virginia

Robert H. Bryant EDS ’76
Oct. 3, 2020; Irmo, South Carolina

John C. Bryson ’58
July 4, 2020; Dover, Delaware

Lionel A. Brooks ’70 MAEd ’80
May 8, 2021; Franklin

Maxine Brookshire ’44 MAEd ’56
Oct. 13, 2020; Leicester

Betty T. Brown MAEd ’91
March 1, 2021; Saluda

George L. Brown ’75
Sept. 5, 2020; Cary

Jeannette F. Bryson ’42 MAEd ’63
Jan. 2, 2021; Whittier

David H. Buckner Sr. ’54 MAEd ’63
July 7, 2020; Mars Hill

William J. Bumgarner ’12
May 20, 2021; North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Charles E. Burleson MAEd ’73
April 22, 2021; Asheville

Audrey S. Burnette ’49
Nov. 29, 2020; Canton

Robert J. Cable ’63
April 26, 2021; Waynesville

David M. Caldwell ’87
March 5, 2021; Clyde

Helen B. Caldwell ’52
Sept. 25, 2020; Waynesville

Cynthia W. Campbell ’82
Sept. 24, 2020; Forest City

Linda K. Canovai ’70
Jan. 26, 2021; Charlotte

Ruth C. Carpenter ’86
March 7, 2021; Bryson City

Dorinda K. Cartin MAEd ’80
May 29, 2020; Asheville

Juanelle R. Cathey ’65
Aug. 31, 2020; Rosman

Sara A. Cathey MAEd ’07
Nov. 15, 2020; Rosman

Bari Q. Caton MPA ’89
July 24, 2020; Weaverville

Thomas V. Chambers ’66
Sept. 21, 2020; Rock Hill, South Carolina

Thomas L. Chapman II MAEd ’78
June 27, 2020; Candler

Richard S. Cheek ’88
Dec. 27, 2020; Pinnacle

Phyllis Y. Childers ’66 MAEd ’72
March 8, 2021; Maggie Valley

Elizabeth A. Church ’13
March 21, 2021; Hamptonville

Jerald A. Clark ’69 MAEd ’72
Jan. 26, 2021; Candler

Retired Sen. R. L. Clark ’53 MAEd ’69
June 8, 2020; Asheville

Audrey H. Clayton ’72 BSEd ’76 MAEd ’83
April 4, 2021; Candler

Sara S. Cloninger ’69
April 25, 2021; Gastonia

Patricia L. Cocke ’79
April 20, 2021; Asheville

Betty G. Coffey ’66
Sept. 13, 2020; Taylors, South Carolina

Everett E. Colby ’88
Feb. 8, 2021; Hernando, Florida

Frances L. Colville ’74
April 20, 2021; Bryson City

James N. Conner MAEd ’74
April 4,2021; Columbus

George C. Cooper ’71
June 18, 2020; Riverside, California

Judy M. Cooper MAEd ’81
Oct. 20, 2020; Asheville

C. Kyle Cosper MBA ’93
May 18, 2021; Cullowhee

Charles M. Crawford ’60 MAEd ’64
Jan. 21, 2021; Buford, Georgia

Tisha L. Crittenden ’96
Dec. 21, 2020; Cullowhee

Dorothy G. Culler ’85
May 2, 2021: Alton, Virginia

John R. Dalrymple ’68 MS ’79
March 3, 2021; Wilmington

Candee D. Davis ’90
June 28, 2020; Gastonia  

William T. Davis ’73
April 13, 2021; Martin, Georgia

Randy E. Davenport ’89
July 10, 2020; Ayden

Charles E. Davis ’59
Oct. 9, 2020; Round Rock, Texas

Joanne H. Davis ’90 MAEd ’94
July 13, 2020; Murphy

Linda B. Davis ’66
Aug. 7, 2020; Hickory

Marcus T. Davis ’66
Sept. 12, 2020; Waynesville

Teresa L. Davis ’90
May 17, 2021; Mills River

Andrew A. Dawkins ’87
July 23, 2020; Fayetteville

William K. Day MA ’68
Dec. 17, 2020; Trion, Georgia

Martha W. Dayton MAEd ’86 EDS ’05 

March 18, 2021; Charlotte

Roy M. Deal MA ’63
Nov. 9, 2020; Norwood

Lynn D. Deyton ’77 MAEd ’80
Jan. 19, 2021; Asheville

Billie J. Dobson ’83
March 19, 2021; China Grove

Bill D. Drum ’63
Jan. 31, 2021; Gastonia

Maxie W. Duke ’48
Dec. 16, 2020; Walhalla, South Carolina and Highlands

James A. Durant ’10
Oct. 9, 2020; Johnson City, Tennessee

Ronald N. Edmonstone ’55
Sept. 10, 2020; Black Mountain

Margaret Edwards EDS ’83
Feb. 28, 2021; Asheville

Edward W. Ethridge MAEd ’72
Nov. 14, 2020; Bradenton, Florida

Joshua D. Evans ’17
Feb. 10, 2021; Durham

Edward L. Ferguson ’84
Sept. 15, 2020; Murphy

Charles D. Fisher ’79 MAEd ’89
Feb. 19, 2021; Asheville

Leslie E.  Fisher MAEd ’68
April 24, 2021; Hendersonville 

Randy S. Fisher ’83
Aug. 7, 2020; Concord

Rose M. Flood ’73
Feb. 14, 2021; Beardstown, Illinois

Kevin P. Folsom ’00
Jan. 5, 2021; Hillsborough

Julie N. Forrester ’81
Oct. 11, 2020; Morristown, Tennessee

Amanda F. Fortner ’08
March 20, 2021; Waynesville

Rebecca G. Fulenwider ’86
Oct. 26, 2020; Morganton

Alan C. Gardner ’73
April 25, 2021; Henderson

Robert A. Gates ’82
July 20, 2020; Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

Julia C. Gibson ’57
Feb. 21, 2021; Asheville

Elizabeth M. Glenn ’57 MAEd ’61
July 24, 2020; Charlotte

Mervin A. Griffith ’58
Jan. 31, 2021; Wilmington

B. Jackson Grimes ’50
Dec. 3, 2020; Knoxville, Tennessee

Cynthia R. Grindstaff MHS ’20
Sept. 2, 2020; Marion

Joyce H. Grooms ’71
Oct. 14, 2020; Gastonia

Harold S. Hackney ’71
Jan. 20, 2021; Monroe

Eve M. Hager ’99
March 19, 2021: Marquette, Michigan

George W. Hall MAEd ’74
Jan. 3, 2021; Grand Island, Florida

Wanda J. Hansil ’53 MAEd ’56
April 12, 2021; Concord

June T. Hardin ’54 MAEd ’62
March 25, 2021; Las Cruces, New Mexico

Pamela M. Hardin ’14
Jan. 19, 2021; Greeneville, Tennessee

Phillip D. Harkins ’64
May 12, 2021; Houston, Texas 

Sarah G. Heindel MA ’65
Sept. 14, 2020; Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Mickey D. Hicks ’71
Jan. 27, 2021; North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Helen G. Higdon ’42
Sept. 24, 2020; Sylva

Peggy L. Hina MAEd ’82
Dec. 3, 2020; Brevard

Robert P. Hodges ’96
Feb. 4, 2021; Charlotte

Roger D. Holder ’71
Dec. 24, 2020; Bakersville

Reginald B. Holland ’88
July 2, 2020; Franklin

Matthew B. Holt ’94
Oct. 29, 2020; Cornelius

Clay E. Holyfield ’88
March 3, 2021; Asheboro

Rossie E. Hooker Jr. ’72
July 4, 2020; Concord

Malcolm M. Hooper ’77
Nov. 5, 2020; Sylva

Michael W. Hooper ’79
Sept. 9, 2020; Providence

Grady K. Howard ’42
Sept. 6, 2020; Kings Mountain

Juanita P. Hughes ’66
Dec. 24, 2020; Morganton

Paul K. Hughes MA ’68
Jan. 5, 2021; Cowpens, South Carolina

C. Ronnie Hutchins ’89
May 21, 2021; Bryson City

Connie J. Hyatt ’86
July 12, 2020; Bryson City

Charles A. Isley ’92
May 6, 2021; Stanfield

Ted H. Jenkins ’59 MAEd ’67
Feb. 4, 2021; Johnson City, Tennessee

William C. Jones ’63
Dec. 10, 2020; Marshall

Stephanie A. Keever MSA ’11
Nov. 6, 2020; Asheville

Margaret G. Kilstrom ’52
Nov. 13, 2020; Penrose

Jerry L. King ’57
May 2, 2021; Kings Mountain

Herbert L Kirkley ’56
May 24, 2021; Hamlet

Jeffrey E. Kirwin ’76
April 15, 2021; Simpsonville, South Carolina

Randy W. Koenig MHS ’03
June 24, 2020; Boene, Texas

Jean H. Krause ’66
April 25, 2021; Asheville

J. Dennis Kuykendall ’75
Dec. 13, 2020; Weaverville

Grace E. Lane ’57
March 16, 2021; Franklin

Gerald D. Ledbetter ’63
Dec. 7, 2020; Black Mountain

Wendy P. Ledford ’86
June 16, 2020; Hayesville

Freddy G. Leger ’56
Aug. 22, 2020; Rutherford College

Shirley Y. Lehman MA ’91
May 7, 2021; Black Mountain

James E. LeVine ’64
Jan. 3, 2021; Black Mountain

Michael G. Lindsay ’76
Nov. 2, 2020; Bryson City

William J. Lindsay ’67
Feb. 11, 2021; Hickory

Gary M. Long ’77
Feb. 14, 2021; Fletcher

John H. Love ’68
Jan. 10, 2021; Etowah

Mary D. Love ’54
Aug. 20, 2020; Marietta, Georgia

James Lovett ’63
Jan. 18, 2021; Mint Hill

Mary M. Maner MAEd ’73
Oct. 27, 2020; Louisville, Georgia

John W. Mann II ’88
Feb. 2, 2021; Greer

James O. Martin MAEd ’69
Feb. 16, 2021; North Augusta, South Carolina

June W. Martin ’83
June 22, 2020; Franklin

Rachel B. Martin ’49
Oct. 15, 2020; Asheville

Bobbi P. Mason ’84
March 30, 2021; Andrews

John L. Mattox ’80
Jan. 29, 2021; Bryson City

John B. May ’49 MA ’54
Jan. 31, 2021; Ridgecrest

Janet M. Maynor MAEd’85
Dec. 21, 2020; Mars Hill

Corey M. McCraw ’09
Sept. 24, 2020; Durham

Roberta K. McGuire MAEd ’80
May 12, 2021; Roanoke

Scott McKenzie MA ’07
Feb. 2, 2021; Winston-Salem

Charles M. McKinnish ’87
Feb. 21, 2021; Canton

Madrie G. McRainey ’49
Oct. 1, 2020; Gastonia

Oscar W. Metcalf Jr. ’83
Oct. 18, 2020; Shelbyville, Tennessee

Carolyn O. Middleton MAEd ’78
March 20, 2021; Murphy and Asheville

Lula W. Miller ’41
Feb. 1, 2021; Hendersonville

Sandra A. Miller ’73
Feb. 4, 2021; Mt. Gilead

Rebecca B. Mitchem ’52
Aug. 28, 2020; Asheville

Gary D. Morman ’75
Sept. 18, 2020; Valdese

Mary M. Morrow MAEd ’89
April 2, 2021; Middletown, Delaware

Savannah L. Mosteller ’19
Sept. 9, 2020; East Bend 

Donald F. Murtagh ’51 MA ’53
Nov. 30, 2020; Landenberg, Pennsylvania

Charles V. Nichols ’72
May 1, 2021; Franklin

Louis J. O’Gorman MA ’74
Jan. 23, 2021; Blackville, South Carolina

Thomas E. Orr ’73
Jan. 3, 2021; Hendersonville

Erskine D. Owens MA ’69
May 31, 2020; Columbia, South Carolina

Lena G. Parnell ’45
Dec. 28, 2020; Winston Salem

Paul W. Payne ’82
Aug. 22, 2020; Titusville, Florida

Gary R. Peek ’73
March 5, 2021; Cashiers

George R. Pendergrass ’81
June 29, 2020; Claremont

Thomas A. Penland MAEd ’80
Dec. 22, 2020; Hayesville

Jon W. Pierce ’60
Jan. 1, 2021; Phoenix 

William R. Pipes ’66 EDS ’75
April 27, 2021; Murphy  

C. Lynn Plemmons MAEd ’87
June 19, 2020; Weaverville

Rosalie R. Plemmons ’59
May 3, 2021; Leicester

Clement E. Pless ’74
Oct. 28, 2020; Mooresville

William L. Plowucha ’91
Aug. 27, 2020; Inman, South Carolina

Lettie W. Polite MAEd ’81
June 18, 2020; Asheville

Theodore A. Powell MAEd ’77
Sept. 27, 2020; Hickory

James M. Ramey ’79
Feb. 11, 2021; Southbury, Connecticut

Shirley W. Ramsey ’60
Oct. 4, 2020; Belden, Mississippi

Robert Lee Rash ’73
June 7, 2020; Clanton, Alabama

Bobby L. Rawls ’85
June 11, 2020; Asheville

Lawrence M. Ray Jr. ’79
May 24, 2021; Asheville

Bette J. Reagan ’57
Nov. 25, 2020; Sylva

Jane C. Riddle ’55 MAEd ’65
Nov. 29, 2020; Franklin

Cynthia S. Roberts ’69 MA ’71
Aug. 22, 2020; Winston Salem

David B. Roberts Jr. ’65
Oct. 23, 2020; Garner

Theresa M. Rooks ’85
Nov. 10, 2020; Bryson City

Steven M. Roth ’96
Feb. 15, 2021; Pisgah Forest

James R. Saltz Sr. ’57
April 2, 2021; Hayesville

Larry W. Saunders ’68
Jan. 14, 2021; Troy

B. Pratt Scroggs ’53 MAEd ’57
Nov. 7, 2020; East Bend

Deborah L. Searcy ’74
Nov. 4, 2020; Cypress, Texas

Phil Senter ’67
Aug. 18, 2020; Siler City

Murriel A. Shelton ’54
Jan. 26, 2021; Missouri City, Texas

James H. Shepherd ’79 MAEd ’81
Jan. 7, 2021; Cornelius

Nelma J. Sherrill MAEd ’58
Sept. 20, 2020; Orlando, Florida

Randal Shields ’59
Aug. 15, 2020; Murphy

Jack S. Short ’59
July 30, 2020; Clayton, Georgia 

Charles P. Sitton ’78
Nov. 5, 2020; Mills River

Patricia D. Skinner MAEd ’75
May 1, 2021; Asheville

Alice W. Sluder MAEd ’73 CAS ’82
Nov. 15, 2020; Asheville

Anne C. Smith MAEd ’58
Aug. 27, 2020; Hendersonville

Linda C. Snyder ’68
Nov. 27, 2020; Katy, Texas  

Stephen R. Snyder ’90
April 26, 2021; Candler

Kenneth K. Stahl ’66 MAEd ’76
March 8, 2021; Waynesville

Jill D. Stalcup ’94
July 27, 2020; Murphy

Mary L. Stamey ’58
June 14, 2020; Candler

Richard Stamey Sr. ’57
Sept. 19, 2020; Greenville, South Carolina

Roger A.L. Stamey ’85
Nov. 28, 2020; Waynesville

Charles M. Starnes EDS ’87
Feb. 27, 2021; Waynesville

Genevieve J. Stevens ’56 MAEd ’58
Sept. 7, 2020; Mechanicsville, Virginia

Joel B. Stevenson ’64
July 16, 2020; Brevard

Sara M. Stewart ’56
April 18, 2021; Matthews 

John D. Stokes MA ’68 MAEd ’70
Dec. 25, 2020; Goldsboro

Renita G. Stroup ’00
March 12, 2021; Spruce Pine

Roberta D. Sumpter ’64
Feb. 16, 2021; Hamlet

Cecil A. Sutton ’59 MAEd ’63
Oct. 17, 2020; Bryson City

Scott R. Te Ronde ’01
May 4, 2020; Marrow, Georgia

JoAnn P. Teague ’62 MA ’65
Nov. 26, 2020; Waynesville

Lisa H. Teeter ’81
Oct. 10, 2020; Charlotte

Glen H. Thomas ’62
Nov. 26, 2020; Bryson City

Carolyn J. Thompson ’07
April 5, 2021; Cullowhee

Jarrett W. Thompson ’82
April 3, 2021; Hayesville

Patricia A. Thompson ’62 MAEd ’64
Aug. 26, 2020; Asheville

Joel C. Trull ’92
April 28, 2021; Salisbury

Hetty C. Turkel ’77 MS ’81
Oct. 28, 2020; Greensboro

Hazel O. Turner MAEd ’74
June 25, 2020; Ozark, Alabama

James E. Turner ’86
Oct. 5, 2020; Durham

Janis B. Turner ’68
July 7, 2020; Mebane

Victor Verdi MAEd ’67
Dec. 21, 2020; Stone Mountain, Georgia

Landon T. Wade ’20
Sept. 26, 2020; Fayetteville

Gralen P. Waldon ’77
May 1, 2020; Raleigh

Erica S. Waldrop MS ’04
Jan. 29, 2021; Sylva

Tommie O. Waldroup ’58
Oct. 4, 2020; Hayesville

Becky Ann Walker ’95
July 31, 2020; Cherokee

Edyth S. Wallin MAEd ’66
Sept. 20, 2020; Richmond, Virginia

Amanda F. Walls ’00
Nov. 14, 2020; Bryson City

Patricia G. Watkins ’61
Sept. 26, 2020; Bradenton, Florida

Jackie C. Wayman ’71
March 5, 2021; Murphy

Helen G. Weaver MAEd ’78
Nov. 30, 2020; Hendersonville

Annette W. Webb ’76
Dec. 13, 2020; Morganton

Lynn W. Wehlau ’71
Oct. 4, 2020; Martinsville, Virginia

N. Jean Welch ’58 MA ’73
Sept. 16, 2020; Franklin

James W. West ’69
Dec. 23, 2020; Waynesville

Malvern S. West ’63 MAEd ’66 Cert. ’69
Aug. 12, 2020; Hendersonville

John P. Westervelt II MCM ’11
April 7, 2021; Altoona, Florida

Edgar L. White Jr. ’77
Oct. 29, 2020; Hampton, South Carolina

Louis W. Whiteheart ’73
Dec. 7, 2020; Germantown

Boyce A. Whitmire ’60 MAEd ’62
July 25, 2020; Hendersonville

Alvis M. Whitted Jr. MAEd ’65
April 25, 2021; Hillsborough

Charles P. Wieland MAEd ’72 EDS ’75
Feb. 20, 2021; Great Falls, South Carolina

Lynne M. Wiles ’64
April 3, 2021; North Wilkesboro

Fred Williams MA ’68
Dec. 10, 2020; North Augusta, South Carolina

Jessie R. Williams ’49
Jan. 19, 2021; Arden and Waynesville

Gene M.  Williamson ’75
March 22, 2021; Whittier

Myra A. Williamson ’65
Dec. 22, 2020; Asheville

Elizabeth S. Willis MAEd ’82
May 11, 2021; Shelby

Hilda L. Wilson MAEd ’70
Oct. 3, 2020; Walhalla, South Carolina

Jimmy Wilson MAEd ’80
Nov. 25, 2020; Shelby

Ruth S. Wilson EDS ’80
May 31, 2020; Shelby

Terry L. Wood ’79
Sept. 7, 2020; Cleveland, Georgia

Mary J. Woodcock ’04
Feb. 7, 2021; High Point

Ruth E. Worsham ’58 MAEd ’70
Dec. 26, 2020; Waynesville

Martha B. Wright ’53
Feb. 17, 2021; Enka

Frank M. Wyatt ’72
April 10, 2021; Burnsville

Richard M. Yarbrough Sr. ’58
May 7, 2021; Winston-Salem

Minnie E. Young ’46
Oct. 29, 2020; Burnsville

University Deaths

Grace C. Allen, faculty member, College of Business, accounting, finance, information systems and business law, Aug. 19, 2020; Sylva

Lavonia Andrews, retired staff member, Office of the Registrar, Sept. 13, 2020; Sylva

Jo B. Auleta, retired staff member, Nov. 26, 2020; Weaverville

John F. Austin, retired staff member, facilities director, Facilities Management, Sept. 30, 2020; Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Sam F. Beck, retired staff member, Communications and Marketing, University Print Shop, Sylva; March 12, 2021 

Richard L. Boyer, retired faculty member, College of Arts and Sciences, humanities, English, Waynesville; Jan. 19, 2021 

Jane Bridgers-Carlos, daughter of friends and benefactors, Ben Bridgers (deceased) and Sue Ellen Bridgers, Dec. 2, 2020; Sylva.

Mary E. Bryson, former staff member, Facilities Management, Housekeeping, June 24, 2020; Sylva

Tim L. Campbell, friend and benefactor, CEO of Jackson Paper, Sylva; March 25, 2021

Michael D. Carpenter, staff member, Facilities Management, June 21, 2020; Sylva and Robbinsville

George H.V. Cecil, friend and benefactor, chairman Biltmore Farms, Oct. 19, 2020; Asheville

John M. Cheney, former faculty member, College of Business, The School of Economics, management and project management, Aug.17, 2020; Oviedo, Florida

C. Kyle Cosper MBA ’93, son of Dr. Wilma Cosper (deceased), retired faculty member, former Foundation Board member, Advisory Council chair, Fine and Performing Arts, friend and benefactor, Cullowhee; May 18, 2021

James W. Culp, staff member, facilities director, Facilities Management, Oct. 9, 2020; Sylva

Charles M. Daves, retired staff member, bookstore, Sylva; March 27, 2021

Paul A. Davis, former staff member, Facilities Management, Housekeeping, June 26, 2020; Sylva

Robert L. Dills, retired staff member, Facilities Management, Housekeeping, Aug. 28, 2020; Cullowhee

James E. Dooley, retired faculty member, David O. Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, School of Music, friend and benefactor, May 12, 2021; Cullowhee and Chattanooga

Dr. Burton B. Fox, former faculty member, College of Education and Allied Professions, educational leadership and foundations, educational outreach, Trustees’ Award, Oct. 28, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama

James W. Fuchs, former adjunct faculty member, Campus Recreation, Base Camp, Jan. 1, 2021; Cullowhee

John “Jack” F. Gilbert ’67, former basketball player, Palm Coast, Florida; May 24, 2021

Teddy L. Greene ’72, former Catamount Club Board Member, Alumni Association member, friend and benefactor, Bryson City; Feb. 4, 2021

Danielle A. Haney ’08, staff member, College of Arts and Sciences, social sciences, anthropology and sociology, Cullowhee; Jan. 31, 2021

David B. Harrison, former faculty member, School of Engineering and Technology, Linville; March 1, 2021

Mickey D. Hicks ’71, former baseball and basketball player, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Jan. 27, 2021

Yvonne C. Holland, former faculty member, School of Teaching and Learning, Sylva; Jan. 29, 2021 

Jack M. Hoyle, retired staff member, Facilities Management, June 27, 2020; Sylva

Dr. Sharon Jacques, retired faculty member, College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing, Aug. 13, 2020; Candler

Joseph G. Jenkins ’52, former alumni board member, Aug. 25, 2020; Greenwood, South Carolina

Kimberly A. Johnson, friend and benefactor, Dec. 7, 2020; Morehead City

Lon O. Joyce ’70 MA’71, former baseball player, Dec. 3, 2020; Spartanburg

Robert “Bob” D.  Kelley, friend and benefactor, Nov. 11, 2020; Sylva

Robert D. King, friend and benefactor, Mills River; March 26, 2021

Katie McGuire Lenderman, niece of Dr. Patrick and Jeannie McGuire (a member of the Foundation Board of Directors), Nov. 15, 2020; Sylva and Belmont

Alexander A. Lesueur, retired faculty member, David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, School of Music, July 10, 2020; Lexington

Barbara K. Lovin, retired faculty member, College of Health and Human Sciences, emergency medical care, friend and benefactor, Cullowhee and West Chester, Ohio; Jan. 22, 2021 

Deborah K. Loyer, former staff member, Facilities Management, Housekeeping, March 24, 2021

James R. McCormack, father of Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and father-in-law of Dennis Brown, friend and benefactor, Dec. 23, 2020; Hideaway, Texas

Larry G. “Mac” McDonald ’66, MAEd ’70 EDS ’83, former football player, member of “The Herd,” retired Jackson County educator, Dec. 10, 2020; Sylva

William Medaris, retired faculty member, College of Engineering and Technology Maggie Valley; April 12, 2021

Douglas M. Moore ’72, friend and benefactor, Cullowhee; March 29, 2021  

Richard L. Moore, retired staff member, Residential Living, Facilities Management, Housekeeping, Sept. 4, 2020; Sylva

Linda H. Morgan, retired staff member, Facilities Management, Housekeeping, Cullowhee and Canton,  March 28, 2021 

Anna C. Morrill, retired faculty member, College of Education and Allied Professions, human services, Dec. 19, 2020; Cullowhee

Stephen C. Morse, retired faculty member, College of Business, marketing, entrepreneurship, sport management and hospitality and tourism, Macon, Georgia, April 11, 2021 

Kathy R. Pace, retired staff member, Facilities Management, Housekeeping, Jan. 11, 2021; Sylva

David F. Shuford, friend and benefactor, Sept. 18, 2020; Melbourne, Florida

Dr. Glenn W. Stillion, retired vice-chancellor, Division of Student Affairs, Ormond Beach, Florida; May 8, 2021

John P. Thomas, retired faculty member, College of Arts and Sciences, mathematics and computer science, July 5, 2020; Cullowhee 

Sandra S. Thomas, retired staff member, administration and finance, Controller’s Office, July 4, 2020; Black Mountain

Albert R. Tomlinson, former staff member, Facilities Management, Franklin, March 25, 2021

Sue Wakeley, friend and benefactor, spouse of Dr. John “Jack” Wakeley (deceased), former vice chancellor, faculty member, College of Education and Allied Professions, psychology, Cullowhee; May 3, 2021

John Carl “JC” Wallin ’62 MAEd ’64, former baseball player, Weaverville; March 10, 2021 

Donald R. White, friend and benefactor, Cullowhee; April 15, 2021

Carolyn A. Wike, friend and benefactor, wife of retired staff member Johnny Wike, athletics, men’s golf coach, Sept. 17, 2020; Sylva

Max R. William, retired faculty member, College of Arts and Sciences, humanities, history, friend and benefactor, Burlington; Jan. 24, 2021

Charles G. Wilson, great-great-grandson of William Wilson, a member of the Noble Nine and the Board of Trustees, Dec. 19, 2020; Sylva

J. Baxter Wood ’58 MAEd ’63, retired faculty, College of Business, College of Education and Allied Professions, psychology, staff member, director of the University Center, friend and benefactor, former Catamount Club board member, Cullowhee; April 23, 2021

 

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