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William Stuart Riggsby


1936 - 2018
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William Stuart Riggsby

Knoxville, TN

Dr. William Stuart Riggsby, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, following an extended battle with illness. He was born in Ashland, Kentucky in 1936 to Charles and Mary Riggsby. Dr. Riggsby attended The George Washington University on an ROTC scholarship, gaining a Bachelor of Science degree. He received a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biophysics from Yale University in 1964. After stints at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dr. Riggsby joined the University of Tennessee in 1969 as Assistant Professor of Microbiology. He earned full professorship in 1979 and went on to serve as Department Chair, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and, ultimately, Dean of the College before retiring in 2004. He also served as Director of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Sciences from 1991-1994. Dr. Riggsby continued his life-long passion for scholarship and education after retirement. He supported the development of The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, which recently hosted the 14th annual Riggsby Lecture on Medieval Mediterranean History and Culture. Dr. Riggsby loved music; he had an extensive vocal classical collection on vinyl and CD, performed with local early music groups, and served as a supernumerary in several Knoxville Opera Company productions. In addition, Dr. Riggsby was an avid chef whose culinary interests spanned the globe. Dr. Riggsby is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Katherine Riggsby, as well as his three sons and their families: Andrew Riggsby and wife, Lisa Sandberg of Austin, Texas; Matthew Riggsby and wife, Stephanie Bunn, and their son, Alex Riggsby of Knoxville; Benjamin Riggsby and wife, Terri Preeg Riggsby, and their son, Caleb Riggsby of Portland, Oregon. No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dr. Riggsby's honor to The Marco Institute: marco.utk.edu/giving-opportunities/. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Feb. 4, 2018
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