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Dean’s Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding alumnus/alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences who has attained extraordinary distinction through a lifetime record of achievement and service. The award is presented to acknowledge their success which brings honor to the College of Arts and Sciences and promotes the value of a liberal arts education.



Tim Townes (’73, ’75, ’80) is a native of Knoxville, and received three degrees from the UT– both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in zoology, and a doctorate in microbiology. After completing a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Cincinnati, he joined the faculty of the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB), Medical School in 1984 and rose rapidly through the ranks where he is now Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. He holds the James C. and Elizabeth T. Lee Professorship and is co-director of UAB’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center and director of UAB’s Stem Cell Institute. In 2012 he was awarded the Hudson Alpha Prize for his work on sickle cell and related blood disorders.

Townes is presently serving as the president of the Board of Visitors for the Department of Microbiology.


Lowry Kline (’62, ’65), retired Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and English in 1962 and a law degree from UT. Jane Kline (’63, ’65) a retired classical musician, and a philanthropist and community leader, earned both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from UT.

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