Piedmont College - Yonahian Yearbook (Demorest, GA)

 - Class of 1982

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Piedmont College - Yonahian Yearbook (Demorest, GA) online yearbook collection, 1982 Edition, Page 9
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In Memory Of Dr. Lillian McKee July 24, 1904 - July 22, 1982 Dr. Lillian McKee gave 29 years of dedicated service to Piedmont College. She was a sensitive and understanding individual whose achievements were many. Following her graduation from Thorsby Institute, Thorsby, Alabama in 1924, Dr. McKee taught for two years in the rural elementary schools of Macon County, Alabama. In 1926 she entered Piedmont College and was graduated in 1929. Following graduation from Piedmont College, Dr. McKee returned to Thorsby Institute to teach for five years. In 1930, Dr. McKee took a position in Choctaw County, southwest Alabama, as a school attendance supervisor, which involved casework and welfare work with underpriviledged children. Lack of a county health department motivated her to take the initiative in developing a clinic for crippled children and for eye, ear, nose and throat diseases. She also collected books, took them to schools, and started what later developed into a library for the county. In 1947, at the invitation of the then Acting President of Piedmont College, Dr. A. R. VanCleave, Dr. McKee came to Piedmont College as instructor in sociology. Dr. McKee was to remain in Demorest the rest of her life. In 1959, she was appointed by Dr. James E. Walter, President of Piedmont College, to the position of Director of Food Services for the College. This position she held until her retirement in 1976. In 1972, in recognition of her many services to the College, the Piedmont Board of Trustees awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Education. In addition to her formal duties, Dr. McKee made many notable contributions to the College and community through her many and versatile talents. Her interest and skill in raising plants left an enduring memorial to her on the College grounds. The pine forest on the edge of the present Piedmont College golf course was planted by her students as a class project in her course in sociology. Many of the blossoming plants, trees, and bushes on the present campus had their start in her rooting beds. Dr. McKee was an inspiration to others to use their talents and contribute to the betterment of their community.

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