The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Durwood Harvey Teaching Award
Dr. Kaye McClung, Head of Accounting and Finance in the UTC College of Business and honoree Durwood Harvey

Harvey Honored for Years of Teaching at UTC

The Department of Accounting and the College of Business Administration held a luncheon in honor of Durwood Harvey's 50 years of teaching accounting at the University. Harvey became a full-time assistant professor at UC from 1948 through 1951. After spending four years in public accounting, he has taught continuously at the University as an adjunct professor.

"It's been a good experience to say the least. The old saying ‘By your pupils you will be taught’ is so true, I have learned a lot from them," Harvey said.

The current semester will be the last Harvey teaches at UTC. Dr. John Fulmer, Associate Dean in the College of Business Administration called Harvey, “one of the most dependable people I know, one of the most agreeable people I know, one of the most respected people I know, and one of the most adaptable people I know.”

Fulmer said Harvey had to be adaptable to work with students for seven decades.

“One place Durwood is not adaptable is his grading scale!” Fulmer said.

Still, through the years, students had glowing comments about the dedicated teacher. In 2002, students said, “He is so easy to understand,” and “He is so approachable,” and “I learned a lot.”

Harvey is a graduate of Chattanooga High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from UC where he was a member of the Alpha Society, Pi Gamma Mu, Blue Key, president of the Honor Council, and he was a recipient of the Chattanooga Times four year scholarship. He received the Master of Science degree in Accounting from UT Knoxville. Harvey is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chattanooga Chapter, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Harvey served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 and attained the rank of Corporal. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, and two Presidential Unit Citations.

In 1964, Harvey was named Vice President of Chatem, Inc. His current title is Financial Consultant.

Fulmer said he believes that “to teach is to touch a life.” He added, “Durwood, there are so many lives that you have touched in a positive way, and you don’t even know all the ways you have helped people. To say that we are indebted to you is a genuine understatement,” Fulmer said.