The Psychology Department has begun a new award, to be given during Academic Honors Day at the end of April each year.  The award is the Mark Eddy Psychology Award, named after Dr. Eddy, who came to GC in 2002 to teach in our department.  Less than a semester later, he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given less than 1 year to live.  As a result, he was forced to retire, but he never stopped being involved in our psychology department.  He was on campus every week so he could remain as active as was possible; he met and helped many students throughout the remainder of his life.  His courageous battle with cancer ended January 30th, 2007.  Two of the most important and defining aspects of Dr. Eddy’s personality include his incredibly strong faith and his accepting, optimistic attitude, not only toward his own life circumstances, but toward all people.  Undoubtedly these characteristics sustained him and helped him live four years after his diagnosis, instead of the 6-12 months he was given.  Because Dr. Eddy embodies the characteristics we hope others in our field possess, we have established this annual award in his name, to be given to a graduating senior who best exemplifies Dr. Eddy’s spirit.

All graduating seniors majoring in psychology can apply.  Applicants submit the following materials to the department chair in May of their final semester at GC:

  1. A current resume
    A 300-500 word (approximately one to one a half pages typed) essay in which you describe how you have overcome an obstacle in your life within the context of faith.

If you have any questions, please contact any of the faculty in our department.

If you would like to make a donation to the Mark Eddy Psychology Award, please write your  check to:  Georgetown College with Mark Eddy Psychology Award included in the memo.  Checks may be mailed to:

Georgetown College Development Office
400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

Please click Continue Reading to learn more about Dr. Eddy.

Georgetown College suffered another great loss last week with the death of retired psychology professor Dr. Mark Eddy.  Although Eddy was forced to retire in 2002 due to his battle with inoperable lung cancer, he continued to serve as a mentor and friend to students in the psychology department and the Georgetown campus community.

Dr. Karyn McKenzie, associate professor of psychology, noted Eddy’s devotion to his students.  Teaching at Georgetown was Eddy’s dream job and he was always reflecting on his classes.  His connection to students was immediate; McKenzie remembered one freshman who would get out of bed only to attend Eddy’s class.  Even after his retirement, Eddy continued to have an impact in the lives of students.  McKenzie recalled his Thursday lunch visits and hours spent in her office helping students with graduate school applications, class presentations, and general advice.  She went on to comment that although Eddy taught for less than a full semester at Georgetown, “he influenced students for four full years.”

That influence went beyond the purely academic.  Eddy served as a personal source of inspiration for individuals throughout the campus community.  McKenzie commented that Eddy beat the odds for four years because “he had so much to do here.  He was such a role model for everybody.”  A part of this inspiration was Eddy’s continued acceptance of his illness.  McKenzie commented that he never complained, often stating that his cancer had totally changed his life by forcing him to appreciate every single day for what it was.  She went on to elaborate, “the way [Eddy] lived showed God’s grace.  His legacy is changing those of us who are still here to be better people.  There is nothing more important than family and relationships and everything else just doesn’t matter.”

Eddy’s unconditional acceptance, good will, and passion for life led him to be an inspiration for all that knew him.  His death has left a noticeable void in the lives of many Georgetown students.  McKenzie stated that she immediately began receiving emails from students saddened by Eddy’s passing.  She went on to explain, “[Eddy] embodied everything we hoped someone in our field and a professor at Georgetown would embody.” The Psychology Department is planning a permanent tribute in Eddy’s honor.

Article written by Amanda Owens and published in the Georgetonian on Feb. 7, 2007.