Saturday, August 21, 2010

Andrew's Amazing Obituary...

CARROLL, ANDREW MCQUEEN - age 34, died in the early morning of Saturday, August 14. The son of Daniel Allen Carroll and Elizabeth (Lisa) Wright Carroll, and the little brother of Katherine Blue Carroll, Andrew was born at St. Mary's Hospital on April 18, 1976, and spent a happy childhood on Duncan Road, enjoying scouting, baseball, soccer, and fishing in Crystal Lake. After graduating from Bearden High School in 1994, he attended Duke University, where he played on the Rugby Club team and worked as an emergency medical technician on the Rescue Squad and in the Duke Hospital ER. He graduated from Duke with a bachelor's in Biology in 1998. In 1999 he began graduate work in the Evolution and Ecology Section of the University of California at Davis, where he received his doctorate in physiology in 2005. From 2005 to 2007 Andrew was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, conducting research at the Concord Field Station and teaching undergraduate courses in anatomy and physiology. From fall 2008 through spring 2010 he was an assistant professor of Biology at the University of Evansville, and in July 2010 he joined the faculty of the Department of Physiology of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University. Andrew was a gifted researcher, whose primary focus was musculo-skeletal structure and function. He also taught with great enthusiasm and dedication, working to make scientific concepts accessible to his students by stressing experience and practice. In addition to his career, Andrew Carroll had enjoyed playing the guitar since he was 10 years old. He wrote songs and performed "weird old American music" with various bands and as a solo guitarist. Andrew's other great passion was the outdoors. Throughout his entire life he enjoyed the wilderness: hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. On his many cross-country trips he traveled blue highways, stopping frequently to hike, fish, and talk with people in small towns and roadside stores. For the last seven years his good dog, Iredell, was his companion on these trips. Andrew also loved playing tennis and celebrated the wins and suffered the losses of the Boston Red Sox and the Duke Blue Devils. Andrew will be mourned forever by his parents and sister, and by his aunts and uncles: Becky and Jeremy Atack of Brentwood, TN, Charles M. Carroll of Greensboro, NC, and Marjory Duty of Beltsville, MD. He was loved and will be missed by his cousins: Madge McQueen; Liz, Mary, Thomas, and Laura Atack; Chuck Carroll and Laura Carroll Trent; and David Jones. A large network of friends across the country and around the world will also mourn his passing. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 28, at 3:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Andrew's memory to the Nature Conservancy and the Humane Society.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on August 19, 2010

(He'd probably get mad kicks out of me posting it here next to all my links to various porn, including my own!)