In Memoriam News

In Memoriam: Kathleen Lawler Row

Kathleen Lawler Row, a former professor in the Department of Psychology, passed away Saturday at the age of 66. Her career at the university spanned more than thirty years during which she taught courses in child psychology, positive psychology, and the psychology of religion. Her research focused on health psychology, earning her national recognition for her work. She received the University Studies Award in 2003 for outstanding contribution to interdisciplinary studies and the Chancellor’s Award in 2002 for research and creative achievement.

In Memoriam: John Riley

John Riley, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, passed away Monday, September 16, at the age of 66. The CASNR student body will hold a candle light vigil honoring Riley this evening at 8:00 p.m. in front of Morgan Hall. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, at Lake Hills Presbyterian Church, located at 3805 Maloney Road in Knoxville.

Education Fund Established in Memory of Vincent A. Anfara Jr.

An education fund has been established in memory of Vincent A. Anfara Jr., a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, who died last week. Contributions may now be made to the Vincent A. Anfara Jr. Educational Administration Doctoral Student Scholarship Fund.

In Memoriam: Tony Spiva

Tony Spiva, a professor emeritus of economics, died Friday at the age of 85. His UT teaching career spanned more than fifty years. He retired at the end of 2012. He was a consultant and advisor in economic projects and programs worldwide in countries including Indonesia, Peru, Greece, Australia, and New Zealand. He also spent six months in China lecturing at Sichuan University and meeting with Chinese bankers and business leaders.

In Memoriam: Steve Sparks

Steve Sparks, lecturer in the Department of English, passed away earlier this month at the age of 51. He taught freshman composition courses, poetry, creative writing, and was known for his courses that taught students how to study and write about the supernatural. Sparks was published in many literary journals and anthologies including Tar River Poetry, New Millennium Writings, The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. II: Contemporary Appalachia, and Outscapes: Writings about Fences and Frontiers.

In Memoriam: Vincent A. Anfara Jr.

Vincent A. Anfara Jr., professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and past president of the UT Faculty Senate, died Monday after a brief illness. Anfara served as department head for the past five years. He also served as president of the UT Faculty Senate for the 2011-12 academic year. Prior to becoming a professor, he worked for twenty-three years in both middle and high schools in Louisiana and New Mexico.

In Memoriam: Margaret Morrison


Margaret Morrison, professor and director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations, has passed away. A celebration of Morrison’s life will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Avenue. Morrison served as director since July 2012. She joined the UT faculty in 1995.

In Memoriam: Jerry Morrow

Jerry Morrow

Jerry Morrow, former associate professor who taught classes in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media and the School of Advertising and Public Relations from 1984 until his retirement in 2005, died Monday, February 18.

In Memoriam: Robert W. Glenn

Robert W. Glenn, a former UT professor of speech and communication, passed away on December 25 in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 68. Glenn was a member of the Tennessee Conference of the American Association of University Professors. The organization honored him in 2002 with its Claxton Award for exemplary service in higher education. He retired from UT in 2010.

UT Loses Longtime Family Member Lorna Norwood

Lorna Norwood

The university community has lost a longtime family member. Lorna Norwood, director of communications and marketing for the Institute of Agriculture since 2007, passed away Tuesday. She had a 24-year career at UT Medical Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree while working at the hospital as an administrative assistant and later joined the communications/marketing department and served in several roles before becoming its director.