Transy community rallies around professor during difficult time

Courtesy of Marsha Smith Deaton. Pictured from left: Marsha, Taylor, and Gary Deaton.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to change lives and impact so many, we wanted to highlight how the Transy community is rallying around one of our own during a difficult time. 

Gary Deaton, a beloved Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication professor and Director of Forensics at Transy has received an outpouring of support from the school’s community after a golfing accident left him facing surgery and recovery during an already difficult time. The Transy community has rallied around Deaton with encouraging messages and well-wishes, while members of the faculty have set up a Meal Train page as a way to donate gift cards for food delivery services like Grubhub and Doordash to provide meals.

We reached out to some of Gary’s colleagues, students, and friends to hear about the impact he’s had on the Transy community since he began teaching there over two decades ago. The inspiring words written about Deaton in the video below are a testament to the dedication and effort he puts into his teaching at Transy and his genuine care for students.