Former Faculty and Staff
It is impossible to feature every Berry faculty or staff member
that had an impact on our lives, but this page will feature a few
of the more notable individuals and characters that made Berry
a special place for many, many students.
Fred Loveday
Fred Loveday served as the Headmaster at
Mount Berry School for Boys and Berry Academy
for 20 years. A 1939 graduate of Berry College,
he became Headmaster in 1947 and left the
Academy in 1966 to become Headmaster of The
Lovett School in Atlanta. During his tenure, Berry
had some of its highest enrollments ever. His
impact on thousands of Berry students is a legacy
that will live for decades to come.
Dr. and Mrs. John R. Bertrand
Dr. Bertrand served as President of The
Berry Schools from 1956 through 1979
and holds the distinction of being the
longest serving President in Berry's
history. Among his many achievements
was the attainment of Berry's full
accreditation from the Southern
Association of Colleges and Secondary
Schools in 1957. Dr. Bertrand had an
unwavering support for Berry Academy
and his leadership vaulted Berry to a
new level of prominence that the college
continues to build on. Dr. Bertrand
passed away in March of 2002. Mrs.
Bertrand died in November of 2007.
Gary McKnight
A 1961 graduate of Berry College,
Coach Gary McKnight established
himself quickly as a premier track
coach, winning five state
championships in Cross Country and
Track at Berry Academy. His
adherance to strict discipline in
athletics infuenced the lives of
hundreds of students who took that
discipline with them into adulthood.
Coach McKnight currently resides in
Sevierville, TN..
Torris and Bernice Geraldson
The entire Geraldson family became symbolic of Berry Academy for a span of
over twenty five years. Not only was Mr. Geraldson on the faculty and Mrs.
Geraldson on the staff in the Dean's office, but there was also the five
Geraldson children that were raised on the campus: David, Evelyn, Stanley,
Daniel and Ginny. Mrs. Geraldson passed away in 1989 and Mr. Geraldson
passed away in February of 2006.
Mrs. Mary Todd Harrison
Mrs. Harrison taught English in the public
school system in her early teaching career
and then spent 10 years teaching at the
Thornwood School in Rome before ending
her teaching career with 10 years at Berry
Academy. In the classroom she was a
no-nonsense, passionate teacher of
literature and composition and outside the
classroom a warm and caring individual. She
was the quintessential English teacher who
imparted skill and knowledge to all who
survived the rigors of her class. Mrs.
Harrison passed away in August of 2003.
Mabel Thompson
Miss Mabel, as she was affectionately
known, was only at the Academy nine
years, 1962 through 1971, but during
that time she became one of the most
popular faculty members. Certainly she
was a mathematical wiz, but more than
that, she was a character that no one
would ever forget! I pray that God gives
me the same zest for life that Miss
Mabel had. She was somethin' else!
Miss Thompson passed away in 1989.
Former Dean of Students Franklin Hyers (49H, 53C)
and former Headmaster Frank Campbell (49C)
Four Popular Berry Coaches
Coach Jerry Shelton (far left) was honored on March 24, 2007 by former
high school and Academy students with a dinner in his honor in Hill Dining
Hall. Well over 100 former students and faculty attended the event. Among
those attending the gala were former Berry coaches Bill Thornton, Billy
Green and Gary McKnight. Coach Shelton was also inducted into the
Rome-Floyd County Sports Hall of Fame on March 4, 2008.