Crowd shares memories of Professor Tom Jimison

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Tom Jimison with a student. Photo by Christopher Hamrick.

Family, friends, former and current students and colleagues gathered outside the Baldwin Photographic Gallery in the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to celebrate the life and work of Professor Tom Jimison, who passed away on Sept. 14 after a long illness.

Known to many as simply “Mr. J,” more than a dozen people relayed warm memories and stories of the master photographer to a crowd that swelled to more than 100 people. Jackie Heigle, an associate professor in photography, colleague and friend of Jimison’s for many years, organized the event with the help from Media Arts faculty and staff.

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Jimison in a classroom. Photo by Jonathan Trundle.

“Though Tom passed away, I know he is with us,” she said. “In quiet, stoic spirit, and in his love for sharing wonderful work, and for inspiring students to have a passion for photography.”

Jimison was born and raised in North Carolina and served as an Army Combat photographer. Later, he taught photography and opened his own photo studio in New Orleans. He was an expert in black and white photography and exhibits of his work were shown internationally.

Jimison came to MTSU to teach photography in 1991 and was the curator for the Baldwin Photo Gallery for 26 years. Please click here to read his obituary.

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