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About Paul Y. Isbell (1894-1972) Features

Paul Y. Isbell was raised in Obion County, TN, and graduated from West Tennessee State Normal School.  Upon graduation, Mr. Isbell attended the University of Tennessee where he studied Chemical Engineering.  He entered military service in 1917 and was stationed in France until April, 1919.  He returned and received his BS degree at West Tennessee State Teachers College in 1926.  Mr. Isbell supervised construction of Levi School in 1928, and later set up the shop at Whitehaven High School.  He became the Director of Building and Maintenance for the County and was involved with building of Collier School, the Bartlett Auditorium, Gragg School, the shop buildings, home economics department and greenhouse at Whitehaven, Douglas School, Barrett's Chapel School and other smaller schools throughout the County.  His high school shop class constructed a great deal of the furniture needed for these projects.  Shop classes that were under his direction also built the first school buses that were used by the School System.  The first, made in 1930 were wooden bodied, with later versions, in 1940, made of steel in the metals shop.

He spent over 24 years working as a technical educator, including serving as the Local Director of Trade and Industrial Education for Shelby County from 1930 until 1948.  He was also director of the School of Aeronautics from its founding in 1940 until its closure in 1948.  Over fourteen thousand were trained as aircraft mechanics, aircraft engine mechanics, and aircraft inspectors.

In 1948, Mr. Isbell resigned his post as an educator, joining International Harvester as a researcher.  Mr. Isbell founded Southern Fabricators in 1956, which by the late 1990's had grown to over 500 employees with sales approaching $100 Million dollars per year.  Paul Y. Isbell's contributions to education and industry are exemplary and legendary.  These scholarships serve to honor a man that made a difference to education and industry in Memphis and the Mid-South.

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Daniel Kohn, Assistant Professor, was recognized as an IEEE Outstanding Student Branch Counselor. This award is reserved for individuals who, through their work as Counselors and Advisors, exemplify the Institute's commitment to the educational, personal, professional, and technical development of students in IEEE related fields of interest. 28 individuals from around the world received this honor! Mr. Kohn was one of four who received it within Region 3 -the southeastern United States region and Jamaica.

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