In Memory of William Thomas Jolly ’52, Professor Emeritus of Classics


Publication Date: 11/7/2007


William Thomas Jolly ’52
Professor Emeritus of Classics

April 8, 1929-November 4, 2007

Tom Jolly ’52,  professor of Classics at Rhodes from 1965-1994, died Sunday, November 4. He was 78. He had been in poor health for several years, the result of a stroke he suffered in 1997. Several Rhodes faculty, alumni and other friends and neighbors took loving care of him.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, November 10, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 480 S. Highland.

Prof. Jolly majored in Classics at Rhodes and earned his master’s degree at the University of Mississippi and Ph.D. at Tulane University.

The recipient of the 1991 Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching, Prof. Jolly, an avid collector of recordings of classical music, donated his entire record collection to the college in 1993. It was said at the time that the Jolly Recorded Music Collection was perhaps the largest compilation of complete operas in Memphis.