Lincoln Memorial University honors the literary achievements of it’s alumni and faculty with the Literary Hall of Fame. If you would like to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame see the guidelines here. The following is a list of the inductees in the Hall of Fame
Dr. Robert Kincaid (class of 1915 and University President 1947-1958)
Dr. Kincaid was a writer for most of his life, beginning as a newspaper reporter in his early teens. Dr. Robert Kincaid loved LMU. As a student, an alumnus, and as LMU President he demonstrated a dedicated and unswerving loyalty to Lincoln Memorial University. Dr. Kincaid wrote over 20 books, many having to do with the history of Lincoln Memorial University and the life of Abraham Lincoln. He is most famous for writing the Wilderness Road book, first published in 1947, it is still in print today.
Harry Harrison Kroll (Professor of English 1925-1930)
In the late 1920′s, while a professor at LMU, Harry was beginning his career as a successful novelist. Kroll’s principal works are: Mountainy singer, 1928; Cabin in the cotton, 1931; I was a sharecropper (his autobiography), 1937; Keepers of the house, 1940; The Usurper, 1941; Rider on the bronze horse, 1942; among many others.
Dr. William Anderson McCall (class of 1913)
Dr. Will A McCall leaves an international heritage. After receiving his AA degree form Cumberland College he earned his BA at LMU. Dr. McCall went on to receive an MA, PhD, and an honorary literary degree form Columbia University. He became a member of the Columbia Teachers College faculty at 24 and remained there for 41 years. Among his literary achievements are: How to measure in education, I thunk me a thought, and Happy trails of tears.
Dr. Stewart McClelland (University President 1932-1947)
Dr. McClelland served as president of LMU form 1932 until 1947. He later served as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees, as chairman from 1973-1975. In 1940 Dr. McClelland wrote a noteworthy history of th LMU called Fifty years of service. In addition to being president of LMU Dr. McClelland was also a president of the National Echange Club and held the position of Dean of Instruction for the famous Dale Carnegie courses.
Dr. Stanley McCordock (Professor of History 1932-1946)
Dr. McCordock taught History here at LMU for 14 years. He was an authority on the Civil War era and authored The Yankee Cheesbox; a critically acclaimed book about the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac.
Rev. Sidney O Frye (class of 1929)
Rev. Frye was a teacher before entering the ministry of the Methodist Church. He served on several pastorates in the Holston Conference for 43 years. When he was 78 years of age he wrote an autobiographical account of his ministry titled: No greater calling. He also wrote a number of sermons and poetry.
David J Harkness (Professor of English and Education 1940-1942)
After receiving his BA from the University of Tennessee and his MA from Columbia University David went on to teach English and Education at LMU before becoming th director of library services in the UT Division of Continuing Education, retiring after 34 years. Harkness compiled a series of 55 historical, literary and bibliographical booklets. Some of the most popular titles include: Tennessee heritage, Literary New England, Legends of the Southern Indians, and Happy Holidays.
John Wesley Hill (Chancellor of LMU 1919-1936)
A renown clergyman, author and speaker, John Wesley Hill avidly championed, promoted and raised funds for LMU for two decades. Much of the growth of LMU can be attributed to his untiring efforts. John authored two noteworthy books: Abraham Lincoln, man of God and If Lincoln were here.
Dr. Edgar A Holt (class of 1921)
Dr. Edgar Holt, Claiborne County Historian, is a graduate of Claiborne County high school and received a BA from LMU, an MA in history and political science from the University of Iowa and a PhD in history and political science from Ohio State University. He served in the Air Force during WWII and the Korean Conflict and wrote several histories, including the early year histories of the United States Air Force Academy and classified histories of Air Operations in the Southwest and Western Pacific. Two books he authored are History of Claiborne County and Party Politics in Ohio.
John Rice Irwin (class of 1959)
John Rice Irwin is an educator, musician, historian, real estate dealer, farmer, speaker, writer, and one of our more outstanding stewards of Appalachian culture. His Museum of Appalachia, located at Norris, Tennessee, covers an 80-acre site, has 35 pioneer structures and over 200,000 southern Appalachian mountain relics representing the history and culture of the people of the region. The Appalachian Fall Festival, conducted each year at the Museum, attracts thousands of people to two full days of mountain music, old time activities, traditional crafts and a book fair. John Rice Irwin is the author of several books, including Marcellus Moss Rice, Baskets and Basketmakers of the Appalachias, Guns and Gunmakers of Southern Appalachia and Musical Instruments of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Dr. Roland Carter (class of 1929)
Dr. Carter received his MA from Duke University in 1935. He was conferred the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1968 from LMU. He was a teacher, principal, department head, faculty member and professor over the course of his long career. His writing include 4 unpublished manuscripts, professional articles, a continuing series of book reviews and a workbook for freshman: Grammatical functions in English, forms A and B.
Ross S Carter (class of 1941)
Ross Carter died in April of 1947, shortly before his book Those Devils in Baggy Pants was completed. Those Devils in Baggy Pants is a moving account of his experiences as a paratrooper during WWII. Ross’ brother, Dr. Boyd Carter edited the final chapters from Ross’ notes and from long conversations he had with Ross as he lay slowly dying from cancer in the hospital. Boyd G carter established “The Ross S Carter Memorial Award for Creative Writing” at LMU in 1948 in honor of his brother.
Nola Estep Comer (class of 1917)
A native of historic Cumberland Gap, Nola Comer witnessed many changes in the region since the turn of the 20th century. She received her teaching certificate from LMU and taught in Cumberland Gap before becoming a bookkeeper for an area coal company. During the 1970′s Nola wrote a book: Cumberland Gap as I remember it, which recounts her impressions and experiences as a girl growing up in the Gap.
Shirley Meyers Craig (class of 1980)
While in high school Shirley won the O Henry Sertoma Scholarship for her essay America the melting pot. After graduating form LMU Shirley has written 2 books: Mountain memories, a compilation of pioneer recipes, old photographs local history and folkways; and Granny Becky’s favorite quilts.
Dr. Lawrence Edwards (class of 1931)
Dr. Lawrence Edwards, a native of Claiborne County, received his doctorate from the University of Tennessee and taught English at UT and numerous other colleges and universities. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Aleutian Islands as a communications officer. He wrote a number of books during his career, most about his native Claiborne County, Tennessee. His works include: Speedwell sketches and Gravel in my shoe.
Winnie Palmer McDonald (class of 1929)
Winnie Palmer McDonald is the co-author of a history of Union County, Tennessee: Our Union County heritage. It was the product of three years of research and hard work. The book features thousands of names, pictures and accounts of events relating to Union County and the five surrounding counties.
Dr. R Gerald McMurtry (Director of the Department of Lincolniana 1937-1956)
In 1937 Dr. McMurtry became Director of the Department of Lincolniana in addition to teaching history. He gathered one of the largest collection of literature pertaining to the Civil War period found in any college or institution of higher learning. Dr. McMurtry was the former editor of the Lincoln Herald, still published today. He has contributed to many magazines, books, pamphlets on the subject of Lincoln. Some of his more important works are: Lincoln’s friend, Douglas, Lincoln’s other Mary and Lincoln’s favorite poets.
Lena Murray (class of 1936)
A native of Caryville, TN Lena published her book, Schoolhouse in the foothills in 1935 under the pen name of Ella Enslow. She has also published a book reveiw and articles in the Saturday Evening Post. She worked out of New York for the Save the Children Federation and went on lecture tours for the National Lecture Bureau. Her professional career has been in teachinig, writing and lecturing.
Dr. Maurice Natanson (class of 1945)
Dr. Natanson authored a number of books on Philosophy, including Edmund Husserl, which won the National Book Award in Philosophy and Religion. Some of his other books are: A critique of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Ontology, the Social dynamics of George H Mead, Literature, Philosophy, and the social sciences, the Journeying self, Phenomenology, Role and Reason, and numerous articles for journals and periodicals.
Dr. Russell D Parker (class of 1949)
Dr. Parker has received the “John Trotwood Moore Memorial Award” and has twice received the “McClung Award” He has authored a number of publications including: Alchoa, Tennessee: the early years 1919-1939; The Black community in a company town; The Philosophy of Charles G Finney: higher law and revivalism; as well as articles of the City of Alchoa and entries in the Encyclopedia of East Tennessee.
Gladys Trentham Russell (class of 1941)
Gladys Trentham Russel grew up near Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park area. She taught in Blount County, Tennessee high schools for 25 years. Her book, Call me hillbilly, has had extraordinary sales all across the country and has gone into at least 5 printings.
George Scarbrough (class of 1947)
George first published verse in the Sewanee Review and other literary magazines. His first book of poetry, Tellico Blue was followed by The course is upward, Summer so-called, and New and selected poems. Among his honors are the Mary Rugeley Ferguson Poetry award in 1964, the Borestone Mountain Award in 1961, and the Governor’s Outstanding Tennessean Award in Literature in 1978. Scarbrough has appeared in several anthologies and magazines.
Dr. Earl Hobson Smith (Professor of English, Speech and Dramatics 1926-1970)
Dr. Earl Hobson Smith became a legend in his own time. For 44 years he taught at LMU and favorably influenced the lives of hundreds of students. Dr. Smith was a nationally known playwright penning such plays as: Trail of the lonesome pine, The Stephen Foster Story, the Little shepherd of kingdom come, on top of old smoky and other dramas. Shortly before his death in 1982 Dr. Smith wrote The genesis of Lincoln Memorial university.
Myrtle Ellison Smith (Head of the Home Economics Department 1927-1960)
Myrtle Smith taught at LMU for 35 years before her retirement as head of the college’s home economics department. She wrote A Civil War cookbook, which was widely distributed and quite popular during the Civil War Centennial observances of the 1960′s.
Bernard Stallard (class of 1949)
Bernard Stallard was first published nationally at age 16 with a poem about Appalachians in Youth magazine. While he was still in college his work appeared in Reveille, an anthology. He was the first winner of the Ross Carter Memorial Award. In addition to publishing articles and poetry in various magazines and periodicals he has published a book of sonnets, Appalachian Summer. In 1977 Stallard wrote an outdoor drama, Cumberland Gap, which inspired a verse narrative, The Witch of Cumberland Gap.
Dr. James Still (class of 1929)
You will hear this name among prestigious literary circles when the literature of the Appalachian area is discussed. James Still had advocates such as poets Robert Frost and Robert Lowell. He received a special award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Institute of Arts and Letters and he has won tow Guggenheim fellowships. Hound on the mountain, a book of verse, received high critical acclaim. Honors, too numerous to mention have given Still a definite spot in the literature of Appalachia and the South. When his novel, River of Earth was published, Time magazine called it “a work of art, ” saying that “among other good qualities, Still has an invaluable attribute as a writer, a sense of what is fitting in the best meaning of the word.” The late Harry Harrison Kroll, professor of English at LMU during the 1920′s, and himself an author, said of James Still: “Although Still is not as prolific as some of the other writers of the ear, what his work may lack in quantity is definitely made up for in quality.”
Dr. Jesse Stuart (class of 1929)
A Literary giant! Nationally famous and internationally known and translated, poet-novelist Jesse Stuart has already become an American legend. His many honors and awards include nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Out of the half-hundred books he has authored, three books alone: Man with a bull-tongue plow, The thread that runs true, and Taps for Private Tussie would have brought him lasting fame. A massive collection of poetry, novels, short stories, and articles ranks Stuart as one of the most prolific and beloved writers in American literature. Lincoln Memorial University, the people of Appalachia–for which he so articulately speaks–and the United States of America are proud of Jesse Stuart.
Dr. Joseph E Suppiger (Chairperson of the Humanities Division 1969-1980s)
Dr. Suppiger was chair of the Humanities Division of LMU from 1973 until the 1980s. He was also editor in chief of the Lincoln Herald from 1977 until he left the university. Dr. Suppiger published over 2 dozen articles in various publications. He also wrote Phoenix of the Mountains, which is by far the finest and most definitive history of LMU written.
Mae Walker (Professor of Business 1943-1951)
While on the faculty at LMU Mae Walker edited The Lincolnette, an award winning quarterly, for four years. The Lincolnette was issued in 1500 copies and went into most states and several foreign countries. She was also on the editorial staff of The Journal of Business Education, with 2 columns for 26 years. Ms. Walker’s publications include Reflections, Gaylord, and Beyond the misty blue hills. Ms. Walker is a member of the National League of American Penwomen and has appeared in a number of Who’s Whos.
Rev. Don West (class of 1929)
Minister, teacher, labor organizer through a career which spans five decades, Don West speaks through his poetry for pride, civil rights and Appalachia. His first book of poems, Clods of southern earth, sold more that any other book of poetry in US history except Walt Whitman’s Leaves of grass. In 1964, West and his artist wife, Constance, founded the Appalachian South Folklive Center in Pipestem, West Virginia. This is an Appalachian studies center with its purpose and program being to help develop understanding among Appalachian natives of their cultural heritage. A mountaineer and a native of Georgia, Don West has taken his work to Harvard and Yale universities and many other colleges throughout the nation, presenting a true picture of his people and his land–mountaineers instead of hillbillies, progressive in tradition, working for a better future.
Dr. Joesph Dowling (class of 1948)
He received his BA in history from LMU, and his MA in Latin -American history and his PhD in American Civilization from New York University. He is the co-editor of the book American Issues, in two volumes. He is also the author of numerous reviews and articles. Dr. Dowling joined the Lehigh University faculty in 1958.
Helen Parker (class of 1938)
Helen Parker first taught school in a one-room house in Campbell County, TN. She has written a number of books including In Helen’s kitchen, Fruitful years and Word Wealth.
Dennis Sven Nordin (class of 1964)
Dennis Nordin has authored 5 books in the history discipline: Rich harvest: a history of the Grange, 1867-1900; A Revisionist interpretation of the patrons of husbandry, 1867-1900; Historian; A preliminary list of references for the history of the Granger movement; Graduate studies in American agricultural history, Agricultural history, and Frank Burkett. He has received the George Hammond Authors Award and the US Information Agency Book Selection award. A magna cum laude graduate from LMU, Dr. Nordin received his MA and PhD in history from Mississippi State University.
Theodore Tindell (class of 1932)
“Ted” Tindell has had a long and distinguished career as a writer, editor, journalist, and cartoonist. He has published numerous articles including a series on East Tennessee history as well as 2 books: Blount County — communities we live in and The best of Judge Blount.
James Bellamy (class of 1949)
James Bellamy received an MA from the University of Tennessee and went on to become assistant principal and them principal of Farragut high school. He wrote The political career of Landon Carter Hayes . He has also contributed a number of articles in magazines and encyclopedias.
Dr. William E Taylor (professor of English 1950-51 and 1954-57)
A noted poet and author, Dr. Taylor has poems in several journals and anthologies.He has also written a number of articles and reviews. Dr. Taylor has four chap-books of poems: Man in the wild, Down here with Aphrodite, Devoirs to Florida, 20 against Apocalypse and 3 plays. He also published a textbook: A short guide to reading and writing poetry.
Mae Church Johnson (class of 1934)
Mrs. Johnson received her AB in English in 1934 from LMU where she began her correlation with the literary field. She devoted her life to teaching English in the Wilkes County Schools System. She wrote an autobiography: My place in the sun and a biography titled Dearly Beloved. She also created an extensive travelogue entitled My Travel in the Holy Lands.
Ruth Osborne Turner (class of 1945)
Mrs. Turner is a native of Lee County, Virginia and taught in public schools until 1959. She has written many articles and short stories for the Carson-Newman Faculty Studies and the Encyclopedia of East Tennessee.
William McHenry (class of 1935)
While William was a student at LMU he was director of the Lincoln Room and started the Hall of Holography. William McHenry is the author of a widely-used book, the Apprentice’s job in painting and decorating. He also wrote an historical drama Oh, Shenandoah, as well as a nationally syndicated column which ran in 45 newspapers. He wrote 2 locally syndicated columns: Adventures in Living and Retired Teacher. Mr. McHenry is also a skilled maker of dulcimers and LMU now has four instruments which he designed and crafted.
Aurelia Cate Dawson (class of 1927)
Aurelia Cate Dawson taught in Sevier County, Tennessee schools and in Seaford Middle School for four decades. She wrote Tennessee Kingsmen, an entertaining and informative book about her relatives in Dumplin Valley, Tennessee.
Bonnie Mazingo Page (class of 1940)
Bonnie Page was born in Speedwell, TN. She grew up in that Powell Valley community. In 1940 she graduated with an BA in history; she went on to teach in the Anderson County schools for 32 years. Bonnie collects historic information which resulted in 2 books: Pruden as we remember it, and Speedwell through 200 years.
Dr. Sidney W Rice (class of 1937)
LMU was home for Sidney Rice for over 20 years; he was born on the LMU campus. Dr. Rice was an outstanding educator, respected and recognized by all in his field. He was chairman of the Department of Physical Education here at LMU, as well as Centenary College and East Tennessee State University. He authored 15 articles dealing with health and physical education, published in numerous professional journals.
Dr. Richard M Weaver (class of 1925)
Dr. Waver might be called a classical rhetorician. He applied his discipline to a wide range of concerns: literary criticism, social/intellectual history, and the state of contemporary culture. After graduating form LMU he went on to the University of Kentucky and then Vanderbilt University. Dr. Weaver taught at Vanderbilt, Auburn, Texas A & M and the University of Chicago. His works include: Ideas have consequences, The ethics of rhetoric, Visions of order, Life without prejudice and many others.
Dr Gilbert L Lycan (1930-1931)
Dr. Lycan came to LMU from Louisa, KY; he did many jobs on campus to help pay his expenses. He went on to earn his MA and PhD from Yale University. In 1983 he completed a history of Stetson titled, Stetson University: The first hundred years. He also authored: Alexander Hamilton and American foreign policy and Twelve major turning points in American history as well as some other minor pieces.
Dr. Willard B Frick (class of 1949)
Dr. Frick is the son of Dr. T A Frick who was head of the science department and dean of the university for many years. Dr. Willard Frick teaches psychology as well as running a part time practice. He has written a number of books including Counseling for the liberal arts campus and Personality theories: journeys into self. Humanistic psychology: interviews with Maslow, Murphy, and Rogers; which has been translated into many other languages.
Norman Collins (class of 1960)
Norman Collins, an educator., historian, author and linguist, was a 1960 graduate of LMU where he received a BA in English and Spanish. He received his MA in Spanish and English from the University of Tennessee. He was also a Stokley Fellow in Humanities in 1983. Mr. Collins has published several historical studies including From hearth and hoe and Union county 1910-1940. He has also written a series of articles for the Union County Times.
Dr. Funson Edwards (class of 1939)
Dr. Edwards comes from a family of teachers and writers. After earning a MA and PhD from the University of Tennessee he served as principal of Rutledge high school, taught at the University of Chattanooga, Cumberland College and he was Dean at Rio Grande College in Ohio. Dr. Edwards has published numerous articles in the Adult Leadership Magazine, Adult Education Quarterly and Pupil Personnel Journal. He is the author of a number of books including: Hill’s a-callin’, In home spun verse and Profiles of common men.
Clifford L Egan (class of 1963)
Clifford Egan as published two books: Essays in twentieth century diplomatic history and Neither peace nor war: Franco-American relations, 1803-1882. Dr. Egan has authored twenty articles for professional journals and fifty book reviews. He received his MA from the University of Colorado. He is a Fulbright nominee for lectureship in the Soviet Union, 1983-1984.
Lois S Bogart (class of 1941)
Lois, of Sevierville, TN has published four books including: I’ll cry tomorrow and Life can be beautiful. Her books touch on the subject of death, the adjustments which must be made, and the conviction that life must and does go on in a beautiful way even after such adversity intrudes upon our lives.
Thomas H Wetmore (class of 1934)
Listed in a number of Who’s who and directories of scholars, Thomas Wetmore has given new meaning to the English language by his writing and promoting of English textbooks and periodicals. He has served on a number of Associations and Committees which promoted, studied , and served the English language and the most precise way of teaching it. Some of his written works include: Low-back and low-central vowels in English, New Approaches to language and composition and Building a better English.
Joy Lynn Edwards Davis (class of 1967)
Joy taught English and French at Campbell County, TN High school. She also taught a class in Appalachian Studies. Mrs. Davis co-authored with Dr. Lawrence Edwars, Old Speedwell Families and its’ revised second edition.
Oby J Bonawit (class of 1935)
Mr. Bonawit flew for Eastern Air Lines for sixteen years. After being grounded by a heart attack Oby continued his usefulness to the airline for another ten years by instructing other pilots in aircraft simulators. In 1970 he published Book of Bonawitz and Bonewitz an account of his immigrant ancestor Adam Bonawitz. He also published Miami, Florida: early families and records while he was treasurer for the Genealogical Society of Greater Miami.
James D. Hobbs (class of 1962)
A native of Kingsport, TN Hobbs was named an “Outstanding Young Man in America” in 1970. He published My Country’s burden as well as a series of five Lenten plays first presented in 1983 as well as a series of religious mini-dramas produced in Marietta, Georgia.
George W Atkinson (class of 1926)
A retired Methodist minister, George spent most of his life studying and teaching the word of God to the people of Tennessee. He pastored and attended LMU at the same time, He graduated in 1926 as class Salutatorian. As an ordained Elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church he holds a Doctor of Divinity degree. His autobiography, The keeper of the springs, reminiscences of his fifty fife years in the ministry.
Dr. Jess Edds (class of 1923)
Dr. Edds was a lifelong resident of Claiborne County where he worked to enhance the learning experience of the local people. His teaching career began as a high school teacher in 1924 and ended in 1962 where he retired as profession of Psychology at LMU. his literary accomplishments include: The reliability of the Cross English Test. He also wrote a number of articles in the Journal of Educational Research and the Journal of Experimental Educational Research of Genetics. Poetry, fish tales and reflections, was published after his death.
Dr. Elery A Lay (class of 1935)
Accomplished novelist, historian and poet, Dr. Lay has been a life-long resident of the Tri-State Area. His career has been a continuous devotion to educating others in history. He has a number of publications including 4 novels such as That reek of sin and Trek to the King’s mountain; a book of poetry Long Island of the Holston and an historical account An industrial and commercial history of the Tri-Cities in Tennessee-Virginia. Dr. Lay served as Decon of the First Baptist Church for many years. He was also a Alderman and Vice Mayor for two years. Dr. Lay also received the distinguished “Service Award in Education”.
Virginia Billingsley Fletcher (class of 1950)
Virginia Fletcher received her BS in 1950 from LMU. She received her MS in Educational Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Her book Down in the barns is an account of the Keck family of Claiborne County, TN.
James W Turpin (class of 1923)
Mr. Turpin was employed by Armco Steel for 41 years. He assisted in forming Project Concern, Inc. with his son, Dr. James Westley Turpin. Project Concern is a medical outreach program that has reached into many areas of the world and has attained a high degree of success in combating illness, malnutrition and ignorance. Mr. Turpin wrote God as man and man as God in 1980 as a statement of personal faith and devotion.