Department Loses Another Alumnus

Albert J. Swearingen, 85, formerly of Knoxville but more recently of Jefferson City, TN, died May 14, 2002. He was a charter member and faithful servant of West Hills Baptist Church. Mr. Swearingen was a Design Engineer for the Oliver Corporation from 1947-57 and an Extension Agricultural Engineer with Penn State University from 1957-61 before joining The University of Tennessee as an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Extension Service. He authored numerous Extension publications relating to machinery management prior to retiring from our department in 1980. While here he served two years (from 1971-72) as Agricultural Engineering Consultant and Team Leader for the UT Agricultural Production Program in Mysore State, India. Mr. Swearingen earned a B.S. degree from UT in 1947 and an M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1960. He was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Epsilon Sigma Phi, and an ASAE member for 53 years. He was an Army Veteran and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater campaign during World War II.

Mr. Swearingen was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Dorothea M. Haug in 1989. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Neil Miller, Jr. of Jefferson City, TN; sisters, Susie Brooks of Thompson Station, TN, and Katie Lou Smith of Dresden, TN.; sister-in-law, Sylvia Swearingen of Dresden, TN. Also left to cherish his memory is a very special friend, Genny Tabor of Knoxville. Memorial Contributions my be made to West Hills Baptist Church, Pipe Organ Fund, 409 Winston Rd., Knoxville, TN 37909.

George F. Grandle

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