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Dr. Roger B. Solomon

Published: 04/16/2013

Dr. Roger B. Solomon

Died: April 12, 2013

Dr. Roger Brumley Solomon died Friday.

He was born in 1930 near the banks of the Nolichucky River, in Tennessee, a mile from the birthplace and park of the pioneer legend, Davy Crockett.

He was always proud of his humble beginnings, which he believed contributed to his desire to find ways to expand his horizons and be of some service to others.

Preceding him in death were his father: George J. Solomon; mother: Mary Beatrice Brumley Solomon; and three brothers: J.J., George J., and Charles.

Surviving family members include his wife: Gloria Jeanne Solomon; son: Roger Rocklan Solomon of Big Canoe, Ga.; nieces: Mary Jo Slagle of Greeneville and Anne Katherine Byrd of Merritt Island, Fla.; nephew: Tommy Solomon of Lakeland, Fla.; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.

A true Renaissance man, he had an inquisitive mind which was evident not only in his career, but in his many activities throughout his life. This curiosity and strong belief in lifelong learning led him to earn seven university degrees: Emory University (2), Peabody College, Vanderbilt University (2), East Tennessee State University, Walden University, and Columbia University, NYC.

He stated frequently in recent years that had the computer been available in his formative years this excellent medium of information would probably have limited his pursuit of some academic degrees.

He was a Kellogg Fellow for more than two years at Columbia University, a short-term Carnegie Scholar at Peabody-Vanderbilt, NDEA Scholar at Missouri, and brief federal-state grant at Emory Medical.

He was licensed and/or certified in clinical psychology, teaching-education, engineering (radio), and was an ordained deacon and elder in the United Methodist Church.

Dr. Solomon is listed in the volumes: Who's Who in the South & Southwest, Who's Who in Education, Who's Who in the United Methodist Church (and others).

His teaching career spanned several colleges and universities throughout the South, with his final teaching assignment at Emory University.

He was author of several books and numerous articles for professional journals.

This background found expression in workshops, seminars and conferences at various colleges, and religious and business organizations throughout the country.

He was a constant reader and a lover of sports and music - everything from Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss to Broadway-Big Band and a little Country.

Perhaps his greatest satisfaction was the discovery, late in life, that appeared in the newspaper and on the web, comparing the conditions in East Tennessee of the 1940s, 50s and early 60s to that of more recent years, which included him along with Jim Catkin, former president of the Atlanta Hawks, and seven others as high school basketball legends of that earlier time.

In accordance with his wishes, no services are planned. The body will be donated to Emory University School of Medicine.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cancer Foundation, The American Heart Association, Holston United Methodist Home for Children of Greeneville, or the Salvation Army.

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