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RUDOLPH, DR. MARVA ODESSA LANE - 64, February 21, 1949 - February 6, 2014. Dr. Rudolph was a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and was a graduate of Riverside High School class of 1967. She received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Knoxville College in 1971, a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1975, and Doctorate of Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. Dr. Rudolph was the Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Equity & Diversity of the University of Tennessee. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. since 1996. Dr. Rudolph is survived by her husband Johnnie Rudolph; her son John Marcus Rudolph of Knoxville and her daughter Janna Michelle Rudolph of Santa Cruz, California; her brother Larry Lane of Chattanooga, TN; and sister Mildred McKibbens of Richmond VA. Preceded in death by brother Richard Lane; father Major Marvin Lane; mother Evelyn Jones Lane; grandmother Minnie Lawrence; and grandmother Lela Robinson. She was a member of Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, February 15, at the Black Cultural Center located at 1800 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996 on the University of Tennessee Campus from 3:00-5:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Tennessee Organ Donation Foundation, Inc. Click Funeral Home and Cremations, 9020 Middlebrook Pike is serving the Rudolph Family. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.clickfh.com.

Published by Knoxville News Sentinel on Feb. 10, 2014.
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I will always remember my sweet, intelligent student at Riverside High. She was always the best in my French and English classes. I am so proud of her achievements that she accomplished in her life. My prayers are with you as you live life without your loving mother on this earth. Let the beauty of the Lord be upon you.
Sylvia Upton
February 19, 2014
My condolences to the Rudolph Family. Dr. Rudolph inspired and touched so many lives including my own. She will truly be missed and her presence at UT will never be replaced. A great loss to her family and friends and to the Knoxville UT campus.
Meshia Thomas
February 18, 2014
You have my deepest sympathy. I know she loved her children very much, she was a great woman. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jane De La Rosa
February 15, 2014
To the Rudolph family, you are in our prayers.
Kevin Wilson
February 14, 2014
may God continue to be with you and your family during this difficult time
Imogene Johnson Gister
February 14, 2014
Peace to the Family. 1971 Graduate Classmate Knoxville College.
Yolanda Hutchinson-Boller
February 14, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family I met Marva recently at Delta's National Convention in DC and was impressed by her warmth and kindness. Please find comfort in knowing that she is in God's care.
Carmen Murphy Sutton
February 14, 2014
To The Family,
Sorry for your Loss. What a wonderful Legacy Dr. Rudolph leaves for all to cherish,including Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and fellow KCeans. May you find Peace and Comfort.
Soror Cassandra "K-San" Tyson KC'84
Goldsboro, North Carolina
February 13, 2014
Marva was a friend and mentor to many people, she lived a life of service. This a huge loss not only for UT, but for humanity. I pray for peace and comfort for her family. She will be missed.

Her life was one well lived!
Tyvi Small
February 12, 2014
Khadra Baskin
February 12, 2014
Marva was not just my boss, but my dear friend for over 20 years. She was such a great person who will live on in our memories forever. All of us are consumed with sadness, but I know that she would not want us to be sad for her. She deeply cared about people and was selfless. She cared for others before herself and Marva gave as much as possible towards helping others. May the passage of time ease our grief.
My sincere heartfelt condolences to her family (Rudy, Marcus and Jana) and know that each of you are surrounded by the love of many.

Marva exemplified the meaning of the word selfless

Definition of Self-less
Concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own; unselfish.
Khadra Baskin
February 12, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mary Bell Brown
February 11, 2014
Marcus and Family, May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories as you celebrate a life well lived. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Robbie Branner and Pamela Chesney
February 11, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. Please find peace and comfort in knowing God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. 1 Pet. 5:7.
February 11, 2014
Indeed you were an ANGEL amongst us! So glad that I had the privilege and honor to meet you. Enjoyed our chats and will forever hold them close to my heart. You touched, changed and influenced many lives and for that I SALUTE and THANK U!!~
Dremaine Ellis
February 11, 2014
Such a sweet, kind and caring woman. You were an angel here and now you are an angel in heaven. You will be missed by many, but never forgotten.
Sherri Pinkston
February 11, 2014
Gone but not forgotten we love you Marva.
Dena Woods
February 10, 2014
Marva was brave and wise. She will be missed.
Anne Mayhew
February 10, 2014
To the Rudolph Family:

I wish you God's presence, comfort, and abundant love as you navigate this difficult road. Marva was caring, supportive, and the ultimate professional. She will be greatly missed.
February 10, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss of Marva. I worked with her many times and was in many meetings she attended also. She was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Gena Wilson
February 10, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Marva Taylor
February 10, 2014
Words can't express the sadness in my heart for your loss. I could always count on Marva for comfort, support, and counsel when things seemed impossible. She helped me through some rough spots.
February 10, 2014
Dr. Marva Rudolph was a dear colleague who worked tirelessly to create a more inclusive, diverse, & welcoming UTK campus. She gave tirelessly of herself and was always available to help others.

This loss leaves a HUGE chasm at UTK that will not be filled. Someone may fill the position, but Marva cannot be replaced.

Darren & I are deeply saddened by her passing. We are offering prayers for the healing of her family and friends, and regret that we will not be able to make the trip back to Knoxville to help celebrate her life.

Wanda Costen
February 10, 2014
Words cannot express my sadness for your loss. Marva was one tremendous lady who influenced many and loved all. I will miss her terribly.
February 10, 2014
To: Marva's Family
May God's grace cover you as you go through the loss of the one you hold so dear to heart.
Joyce Dixson
February 10, 2014
Marcus and Family,

I am very sorry for your loss. Your mother was always very kind to me and I will have all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
Nathan Schmidt
February 10, 2014
Dr Rudolph was such a kind and approachable person, such a gift to our university. Comfort and peace to the Rudolph family, we all have lost someone really special.
Jeneen Abrams
February 10, 2014
We are so very sorry for your loss.
It's been a long time since we had contact but you know there are some people you never forget over the years. May God be with you all.
Sonny & Robin Trotter
February 10, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Marva was a lovely person, and I enjoyed the contacts I had with her at UT.
Carolyn Anderson
February 10, 2014
To the family of Marva Rudolph,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I only got to know Marva for a few short years but what a wonderful caring person. I learned a lot from her in those years and I will miss her presence at our meetings. Please know that you are in my prayers asking God for your peace and comfort.
Pat Carson
February 10, 2014
Keeping all of Marva's family in my thoughts and prayers. Sincere condolences.
Bonnie Frank
February 10, 2014
Janna, I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Nicole Lattimore & Family
February 10, 2014
To the family, first cus,Ken she truly will be miss.the two of us childhood
family members came out at Riverside H.S.1966 and she Univ.
came out the following
year 1967.the last time I saw Johnnie and babysister was the year I graduated from Chicago State 1972.
To the family, God be with you.
Kenneth Garrison
February 10, 2014
Condolences to the Rudolph family. Marva was a great inspiration and support to many individuals in University of Tennessee, Knoxville community.
Camille Hall
February 10, 2014
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