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 News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hardy Liston Jr., the first African American member of the UT Knoxville central administration, passed away Tuesday at the age of 91. Liston came to UT in 1970 as the assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs and a professor of mechanical engineering. He went on to be named associate vice chancellor before retiring in 1990.
Otto Wheeley, 1943 alumnus and venture capitalist known for helping many East Tennessee entrepreneurs get their start, died Monday at age 90. He established the Venture Capital Center at UT to help support new local technologies, and was named the university’s Volunteer of the Year in 2005. The Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer are given annually to faculty members who excel in commercialization of university-based research.