Dr. Caroline Dover Jackson, born November 14, 1940 in Maryville, TN died Sunday, June 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by father, Donald W. Dover, mothers Virginia Cates Dover and June Brooks Dover, and infant sister Mary Elizabeth.
Caroline was with the art department at ETSU from 1979-1998, from 1998-2014, she was with the University Advisement Center at East Tennessee State University. She received a BS in Mass Communication, and MA in Counseling; she earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
During her tenure at ETSU, Caroline enjoyed working with students. One of her most gratifying accomplishments was the planning and development of the ARC Gallery, where she arranged for changing exhibits from the opening day of the Advisement Resources and Career Center to present. Art works are by the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community artists. She was also instrumental in establishing the art therapy program as it played an important part of her Ed.D degree.
She is most proud of her two sons. It was not easy living a military life as children, but they did it without hesitation or disappointment. It was an adventure for them. They both grew into fine men whom anyone would be honored to have as their sons.
Caroline was a former military spouse living in as many as nine states with multiple addresses as well as the country of Germany. She was a world traveler and appreciated learning of different places and cultures.
She is survived by her sons Michael Wilson and wife Kristy Williamson in Mount Carmel, TN and David Leigh and wife Wendy in Papillion, NE, and grandchildren Samantha, Bronwyn, and Thomas; sister Bonnie Biorn and husband Bob, nephews Erik in Santa Monica, California; Christian in Bend, Oregan, and great-niece Adre in Bend, Oregon.
In addition to her family, Caroline held great love and respect for a small group of friends. Sue Ann and Evelyn Reese, Terri Vernoski and Jane Cox, Juanita Gray, Dr. Jay Mills, Dr. Jerry Guffey (recently deceased), Constance VanHoy, and William Adams. These friends gave Caroline much joy and companionship through the years.
Caroline would also like to thank the Oncology floor at Holston Valley Medical Center: Wilcox Hall, 3rd Floor. These nurses and physicians are among the very best there is and gave stellar care while she was in the hospital. Dr. Paul Kramer and his nurses are also to be commended for their treatment and care toward patients. Their skill and care was both comforting and wise, and made the process easier.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ETSU Art Department general fund that helps with supplies for the art students. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date for family and friends.
Courtesy of Valley Funeral Home