The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) community is mourning the passing of Kaitlyn Jo DeVries of Knoxville, Tennessee. DeVries, a second-year veterinary medicine student at LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM), passed tragically in an automobile collision on October 31 at the age of 25.
DeVries was a graduate of Collierville High School in Collierville, Tennessee, and of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. DeVries was a student ambassador for LMU-CVM and often gave tours to prospective students. She commuted to Harrogate from Knoxville for her studies and often used her drive to re-listen to class lectures. DeVries was passionate about all animals and looked forward to pursuing a small animal practice when she graduated.
“Kate met each day with a smile. She was a compassionate student who had a bright future within our profession and who will be greatly missed by everyone she touched,” Dean Jason Johnson said. “She was the embodiment of all the best qualities we seek in our students. Her professors describe her as a bright, enthusiastic and joyful person with an infectious attitude, while her classmates are mourning a dear friend who enriched the lives of all she met.”
LMU-CVM Student Government Association and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, with the support of Johnson and LMU-CVM administration, have established the Kaitlyn DeVries LMU-CVM Memorial Scholarship to ensure DeVries’ legacy lives on at the school. Contributions to the scholarship may be made online at http://alumni.LMUnet.edu/kaitlyn or by contacting LMU University Advancement at 423-869-6351.
Following a moving candlelight vigil in DeVries’ memory, the Cumberland Gap Volunteer Fire Department, which is staffed entirely by LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine students, announced it would name its newly completed dog park in her honor. The Kaitlyn DeVries Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park will be formally dedicated at a later date.
DeVries is survived by her fiancé, Brad Craig; parents Mike and Jane DeVries; brother and sister-in-law Brian and Margo DeVries; twin brother, Scott and her future in-laws Brian and Maureen Craig. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.