M. Carr Payne Jr., BA’49, Growing Up Peabody

Carr Payne Jr., Edwin Mims, Vanderbilt Professor of English, and Carr Payne Sr. at the dedication of Payne Hall in 1953, with the painting of former Peabody president Bruce R. Payne behind them. Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Carr Payne Jr., Edwin Mims, Vanderbilt professor of English, and Carr Payne Sr. at the dedication of Payne Hall in 1953, with the painting of former Peabody president Bruce R. Payne behind them. Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Maxwell Carr Payne Jr. of Franklin, Tenn., grandson of Bruce Ryburn Payne, the first president of George Peabody College for Teachers, died Nov. 19, 2017.

The son of Mary Evans Tarpley Payne and Maxwell Carr Payne Sr., Carr, as he was known, attended Peabody Demonstration School from nursery school through high school. He attended Vanderbilt for a year before serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, then returned, graduating magna cum laude. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa. He attended Princeton University, receiving his master’s and doctor of philosophy in 1951. He became a research associate of the Training Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois, then joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1954, where he stayed for 37 years. He helped the Department of Psychology develop bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Payne received the institute’s Distinguished Teacher’s Award in 1970. He was an active member of the faculty, serving on many institutional committees and also was active in professional societies in psychology, presenting many papers at meetings and serving on committees. He was president of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the Georgia Psychological Association, and the Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

He was a member of Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta, where he taught Sunday school classes until his health prevented it. He most recently was a member of Franklin First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by a son, Maxwell Carr Payne III; two daughters, Elizabeth Payne McKinney, BS’85, and Allison Payne Klausner, BA’87; and six grandchildren.


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