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Memorializing Ethel Smith Piper, 1905-2000

Carnegie Vincent Library Piper Catalog: Who is Piper?

The Carnegie Vincent Library received a generous gift from the estate of Ethel Smith Piper and Burgess Welch “Tom” Piper of Maryville, Tennessee. Smith Piper passed away in 2000 and in her will she designated a significant cash donation to the library for learning resources at Lincoln Memorial University.

Ethel Smith Piper served the education communities in Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi. She was the Coordinator of Special Education for Knoxville City Schools. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Hearing and Speech Center at the University of Tennessee, the National Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association for Children with Disabilities.

The library used this generous donation for the purchase of a new library system which enabled us to share our electronic resources such as eBooks and journals. The funds have helped us to continue the growth of library collections and services that support our academic community. By naming our library system after Ethel Smith Piper, we hope to continuously remember her for her appreciation of libraries, learning, and Lincoln Memorial University.

The Piper Catalog allows students and faculty access to over 400,000 volumes including ebooks, journals, and much more. Thank you, Ethel Smith Piper, for making the Carnegie Vincent Library better!

Memorializing Ethel Smith Piper, 1905-2000, UTK class of ‘49