On Saturday, September 23, 2017, a large crowd gathered at Josie’s Steakhouse to celebrate the life of Lyon College’s Dr. Mark Schram. The event was a casual yet meaningful time for friends, family, colleagues, and former students to hear and share stories about Dr. Schram. With guests visiting from as near as Batesville and as far away as New York and Florida, there was no shortage of people who considered Mark Schram a dear part of their lives.
During the event, Dr. Schram’s daughter, Koren Schram Harrison, thanked the guests of the packed room, including Lyon President Emeritus Walter B. Roettger and his wife, Margaret, who traveled from New York to attend the celebration, for all they had done for her father during his life. Then Mark McPhee, a Lyon College Piper and Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) mentee of Dr. Schram, performed an original song on the bagpipes called “The Admiral,” its title a nod to the nickname Dr. Schram earned as TKE’s faculty mentor. Afterwards, several friends, colleagues, and students shared stories of their experiences with Dr. Schram.
The celebration of his life was just that – a celebration. Smiles and laughter far outweighed tears and sorrow. When Dr. Schram had contemplated an event such as this, he insisted that “no one shed a tear.” Despite a couple of misty eyes, no one truly cried. Dr. Schram received the event he had asked to have.
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