Passages

  • Brownlee O. Currey Jr.

    Alumnus and philanthropist Brownlee O. Currey Jr. has died

    Brownlee O. Currey Jr., an alumnus, emeritus trustee, financial services executive and entrepreneur noted for his philanthropic leadership at Vanderbilt University and in the community, has died. He was 91. Read More

    Mar. 27, 2020

  • Hans Stoll (Vanderbilt University)

    Hans Stoll, Vanderbilt financial research pioneer, has died

    Hans Stoll, a pioneer in the world of academic finance and the Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, died March 20. He was 80. Read More

    Mar. 24, 2020

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    M. Fräncille Bergquist, ‘Heart’ of Arts and Science

    Photo by John Russell M. Fräncille Bergquist, a beloved professor of Spanish, emerita, and retired College of Arts and Science administrator who devoted much of her life to advising and mentoring thousands of undergraduate students, died Nov. 17 in Nashville. She was 74. “Fräncille had a wonderful talent for believing… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

  • Elizabeth Spencer, MA’43, Master of the Short Story

    Elizabeth Spencer, MA’43, Master of the Short Story

    Photo by John Rosenthal Elizabeth Spencer, a celebrated author whose irony-laced novels and short stories explored family strife and buried histories, died Dec. 22 at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was 98. Spencer’s seven-decade career, beginning with the 1948 novel Fire in the Morning, was one of… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Fred Graham, LLB’59, Legal Eagle

    Photo by Tom Williams/Getty Images Fred P. Graham, whose career as a legal affairs reporter, television anchor and author spanned more than four decades, died Dec. 28 at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 88. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Graham earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Luke Gregory, MA’81, Children’s Hospital Leader

    Photo by Joe Howell Luke Gregory, CEO of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and senior vice president for business development, died Oct. 18, 2019, after a courageous battle with lymphoma. He was 63. The embodiment of a servant leader, Gregory joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2007… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Stanley Cohen, Vanderbilt biochemist who won Nobel Prize, has died

    Stanley Cohen, a legendary Vanderbilt University biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of epidermal growth factor and its receptor, died on Feb. 5 at the age of 97. Read More

    Feb. 6, 2020

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    Dr. John Oates: Iconic leader, physician, scientist

    Photo by John Russell Dr. John Oates, an internationally known physician at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a founder of the discipline of clinical pharmacology, died July 30 in Nashville after a short illness. He was 87. The Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine, he founded the Division… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Martin Katahn: The Rotation Diet

    Vanderbilt University Special Collections and Photo Archives Martin Katahn, a retired psychology professor and best-selling author who wrote The Rotation Diet and other books promoting healthy weight loss and lifestyle, died Sept. 17. He was 90. Katahn, who was known to his family and friends as Dick, was born in… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Simon Mayfield “Dick” Dickerson, BA’63: “Connected to Everybody”

    Photo by John Russell Simon Mayfield “Dick” Dickerson of Franklin, Tennessee, died Sept. 20. He was 79. A graduate of East Nashville High School and George Peabody College for Teachers (now Vanderbilt Peabody College for education and human development), he was president of the student body and “Mr. Peabody.” A… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Heidi Nieland Hall: Gifted Storyteller

    Photo by John Russell A communications leader and champion for STEM research at Vanderbilt, Heidi Nieland Hall died Sept. 25 in Nashville from metastatic colorectal cancer. She was 49. Hall, an honored reporter and editor for decades, left The Tennessean to join the Vanderbilt School of Engineering communications team in… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Lester G. “Ruff” Fant III, BA’63 R.I.P. Ruff

    Lester G. “Ruff” Fant (Photo courtesy of the Fant Family) EDITOR’S NOTE: Fant, a prominent financier, lawyer and philanthropist in Washington, D.C., died May 19. His friend and classmate, the acclaimed author and humorist Roy Blount Jr., BA’63, penned this remembrance. Lester Glenn “Ruff” Fant III, my old friend and… Read More

    Aug. 20, 2019

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    Dr. W. Bedford Waters, BA’70, MD’74, Barrier Breaker

    Dr. W. Bedford Waters (Photo by John Russell) Dr. W. Bedford Waters, president of the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association and the second African American to graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, died May 25. He was 71. Waters completed his internship and one-year residency in general surgery at the… Read More

    Aug. 20, 2019

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    Benjamin D. Schulman, BE’38, Fostering Diversity

    Ben Schulman (photo courtesy of Scripps MD Anderson) The vision and thoughtful generosity of Benjamin D. Schulman, who died June 2, helped Vanderbilt become a more nurturing and diverse community. Schulman, of Carlsbad, California, was 102 at the time of his death. He had returned to campus in January 2017… Read More

    Aug. 20, 2019

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    Bill Yoast, MA’56, EDS’61, Legendary Coach

    Bill Yoast (Photo by James A. Parcell) William “Bill” Yoast, the high school coach who helped unify a racially divided Alexandria, Virginia, during the 1971 football season, died May 23. He was 94 years old. The relationship between Yoast and coach Herman Boone is the crux of the 2000 film… Read More

    Aug. 20, 2019

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    Yvonne Young Clark, MS’72, First Lady of Engineering

    “Y.Y.” Clark at thebeginning of her groundbreaking career. Photo courtesy Society of Women Engineers Yvonne Young Clark, the first woman to earn a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Howard University, the first woman to earn a master’s degree in engineering management from the Vanderbilt University School… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

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    Barbara Tsakirgis, Renowned Scholar of Classical Archaeology

    Photo by Daniel Dubois Barbara Tsakirgis, a noted scholar on ancient Greek domestic architecture as well as a strong community advocate for Nashville’s Parthenon, died Jan. 16. Tsakirgis, 64, had been diagnosed with ALS three years ago and died at her home. She was a professor of classical… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

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    Harold Bradley, ’49, Hall of Fame Guitarist

    Bradley in 1961. Photo by Joe Rudis/THE TENNESSEAN Harold Bradley, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, famed guitarist, and cog in the family that led the ascent of country music in Nashville, died Jan. 31. He was 93. Bradley grew up in Nashville and took up… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

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    Everett H. Erlick, BA’42, ABC’s Chief Lawyer

    Everett H. Erlick, a distinguished veteran of the broadcast industry and longtime public servant, died March 8, 2019, at his home in Stuart, Florida. He was 97. As executive vice president, general counsel and director of the American Broadcasting Cos. Inc. for 25 years, his expansive portfolio… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Color portrait of Rev. Don Beisswenger in front of prison fence

    Rev. Donald F. Beisswenger, Faith into Action

    Photo by Neil Brake The Rev. Donald F. Beisswenger, a Vanderbilt Divinity School emeritus professor who lived out his faith as a dedicated community activist—serving six months in federal prison for a nonviolent protest—died Nov. 26, 2018. He was 88. As a professor of church and community, he… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019