103-year-old Vol for Life comes back to campus

Joyce Weaver Fowler
Joyce Weaver Fowler

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – UT alumnus Joyce Weaver Fowler, 103, has outlived everyone in her class of 1933. The former Knoxville high school teacher truly embodies the “Vol for Life” spirit.

Fowler remembers her time at UT in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Her picture is in the Volunteer yearbook as the “Queen of Clubs” for the Association of College Engineers. She had lots of admirers.

“I used to walk down those halls all by myself. Oh well, not always. I had a few beaus. You know something, they’re all dead now,” she said.

Fowler was also a proud member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She represented the sorority in the 1933 Panhellenic Council and got to meet a current Kappa Delta sister Friday on campus. Her whole family was there as well – all UT graduates.

She had some thoughts on the Vols football team throughout the years.

“We had a wonderful football team,” she said with a laugh. “I’m really spoiled as far as football is concerned. I expect to be the national honor team every year, and we’re not. I don’t understand it.”

Fowler, though, is a true Vol for Life.

“Tennessee always wins whether it loses or not. Tennessee always wins.”

Fowler may be in a wheelchair now, but she drove until she was 95.

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