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Gervin, Spencer Rex, 1915-1990



  • Existence: 1915 - 1990


The son of Sidney Alfred Gervin and Mamie Latour Gervin, Spencer Rex Gervin was born on January 6, 1915 in Johnson City, Tenn., where he graduated from Science Hill High School and East Tennessee State College (now University). He later received a Ph.D. from Duke University. He led a multifaceted life, including working as an administrative officer with the United States Public Health Service and the Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta and as an educator and professor at Milligan College, Emory and Henry College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Southwest Virginia Community College, as well as teaching in Australia, Kenya, Madagascar, and South Africa. As a writer and reporter, his articles appeared in the Roanoke Times, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Lebanon (Va.) News, Washington County News (Abingdon, Va.), and the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune. He served as president of the Virginia Social Science Association and the National Association of Management Educators. Following his retirement in 1980, he settled in Jonesborough, Tenn., where he completed a history of the local Methodist church and was active in civic and governmental affairs.

He married Lucy Keys of Limestone, Tenn., in 1938, and they had three children. Mrs. Gervin died in 1974, and Spencer Gervin died on April 8, 1990.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Spencer Rex Gervin Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0403

The collection is arranged in two series, as follows, Series 1, Subject Files, 1903-1988 and undated and Series 2, Photographs, c. 1940s-c. 1960s. Oversized documents have been placed in a map folder and stored in the map cabinets by accession number.

Dates: 1903-1988