The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Donna Damon Dawn and Ralph Dawn

One of four plaques placed under new trees on East Fifth Street

Jackie Damon, mother of Donna Damon Dawn, and Ralph Dawn

Dr. Kit Rushing, head of the Department of Communication, Interim Chancellor Fred Obear, Jackie Damon, Dr. Linda Collins, Landscaping Committee chair and associate professor of biology.



UTC Holds Celebration of Living Memorials

Local media professional and businessman Ralph Dawn joined campus and community members for a Celebration of Living Memorials in the Lansing Court, outside the campus' University Center.  The event marked the significance of memorial gifts. 

Dawn recently decided to participate in two UTC memorial gift programs to honor his late wife, Donna Damon Dawn. 

“We gather today to celebrate the progressive actions of individuals and families who see beyond the pain of personal loss to the beauty and meaningful strength of living memorials,” said Dr. Fred Obear, Interim Chancellor of UTC.  “One of the common threads that binds us across generations and cultures is that we have all suffered the loss of a loved one.”

Dawn has established a memorial scholarship in the UTC Department of Communication to provide financial assistance to a communication student. He has also provided support for four new trees to be planted on the campus.  The UTC Landscaping Committee is undertaking an extensive program to help the campus exterior reflect the same excellence that is present in the classrooms and laboratories.

Mrs. Dawn was a graduate of the UTC Communication Department and enjoyed the out of doors.

“The student who receives the Donna Damon Dawn Communication Scholarship and the trees that are planted on campus beside our University Center will carry on the good works and vision of Mrs. Dawn,” said Obear.  “They will indeed be living memorials to her life.”

Learn more about how you can memorialize a loved one through the Office of Development, by calling (423)425-4232.