published Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Darlia Conn named Lee Distinguished Alumna

Darlia McLuhan Conn was named Lee University's Distinguished Alumna during homecoming festivities at the Cleveland, Tenn., university.

Conn is an adjunct member of the piano faculty at Lee, where she earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance in 1977. She also received a master's degree in accompanying and coaching from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Born in Canada, she spent 10 years of her childhood in Africa, where her parents were missionaries. Her earliest music studies were in South Africa and Zimbabwe, culminating in a Licentiate degree from the Trinity College of London.

While raising a family, she remained active as an accompanist and piano teacher. She has been a member of the Cleveland Symphony Guild since 1985 and is a former president of that organization.

The honoree has accompanied baritone Tony Deaton in recitals around the Southeast. While her primary work at Lee is accompanying faculty and students, she is also involved in donor cultivation for the university.

She and her husband, Paul, Lee University president, have three children and nine grandchildren.

Also during homecoming weekend, Dr. Allan Lockerman was named an Honorary Alumnus of Lee.

Lockerman, pastor at First Baptist Church of Cleveland, is a student favorite for his chapel appearances and pastoral care to the Lee family, according to Lee officials.

He has served on the executive committee of the Georgia and Tennessee Baptist conventions. He is the author of "When Good Enough is Not Enough: Pursuing the Promised Life."

Lockerman and his wife, Alice Brown Lockerman, have three children.

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