Longtime University Center and Student Union Director Jim Dittrich passed away Thursday, October 26, after a courageous battle with cancer. He served the university for 29 years before retiring in early 2017 due to declining health. He is remembered by many UT staff, faculty, and students for his dedication and his love for the university and its students.
In Memoriam News
Ira Taylor Sliger, the founding director of recreation and the Student Aquatic Center, died February 27. He was 95.
Charles Harlan Reynolds, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Religious Studies, passed away January 25. He was 78. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at the UT Visitors Center. Reynolds joined UT’s Department of Religious Studies in 1969. He served as head from 1980 to 2001.
William Raymond Wade, UT professor emeritus of mathematics, died November 30 in Brea, California. He was 73. He had a distinguished 43-year career at the university, including service as associate head for undergraduate studies in the Department of Mathematics, before he retired in 2011.
Otis Hammond Stephens Jr., longtime parliamentarian for Faculty Senate and UT Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science emeritus, passed away on Friday, December 2. He began working at UT in the Department of Political Science and retired in 2012. He served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and head of the
Lisa Michell Capps Vito, research assistant in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology for sixteen years, died Sunday.
Kenneth James Monty, founding head of the Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, passed away May 23. He was 85.
Dwayne Savage, who served as professor and head of the Department of Microbiology, passed away May 17. He was 81.
Robert “Buddy” Moore, director of the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, passed away Friday, May 20, after a battle with cancer. He was 68.
John Bailey, a UT alumnus and principal administrative assistant in the College of Social Work, passed away in his sleep Saturday, April 30. He was 60.