Isaac Marshall Whisnant ’50

Isaac Marshall Whisnant ’50 of Oak Ridge, Tenn., passed away on July 22, 2006. He was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. After earning his B.S. in business from Davidson, he did a two-year rotating administrative residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. His first professional position was as administrator for the new Sea Level Community Hospital, Sea Level, N.C. He first oversaw the construction of this small community hospital and managed it upon its completion. He left that position in 1955 to become the assistant executive director of Holston Valley Community Hospital and Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. In 1967, he became the president of Methodist Hospital of Oak Ridge, serving until his retirement in 1995. His professional memberships included board of directors for Tennessee Quality Award, Hospital Research and Development Institute; advisory board for Tennessee Center for Labor Management Relations; and Fellow of the American College of Hospital Administrators. He also served fourteen years on the Tennessee Health Facilities Commission. His community memberships include Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Leadership Oak Ridge, United Way Pillars of Society committee, board of directors for American Guild of Organists Knoxville, Tennessee Quality Award Board member, member of Board of Directors Roane State Community College Foundation, member of Board of Directors Tennessee’s Resource Valley, member of Oak Ridge Schools Education Foundation, Oak Ridge Traffic Safety Advisory Board member, and Oak Ridge Regional Planning Commission member. Survivors include his wife of fifty-three years, Ashlyn Whisnant, 1039 W. Outer Dr., Oak Ridge, Tenn. 37830; brother, Murray Whisnant of Charlotte; son, David Whisnant and wife, Patricia, of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughters, Meredith Whisnant of Knoxville, Suzie Whisnant and husband, Tommy Daugherty, of Oak Ridge; and grandchildren, Eliza, Cyrus, Laurie Lee and David Daugherty, and Jessica and Alicia Hudson.