Friends of Alden Library: Kerry & Lynne McCalla

Supporters of the Ohio University Libraries, Kerry and Lynne McCalla, stand inside the George V. Voinovich seminar room. (Photo by Patrick Traylor/Ohio University Libraries)
Supporters of the Ohio University Libraries, Lynne and Kerry McCalla, stand inside the George V. Voinovich seminar room. (Photo by Patrick Traylor/Ohio University Libraries)

Lynne McCalla

Home: Franklin, TN by way of Birmingham, AL; Jackson, TN; Nashville, TN; Athens, OH; North Canton, OH; Niles, OH; and Indianapolis, IN (origin) 

Profession: Being retired from trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up! I am now grown and savoring every minute of life.

Last Book Read: “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain for our book club. My “favorite” book this year has been, “The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt and Repairing the World” by contributors to PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

Hobbies: Reading, singing, dirt therapy in my flower beds, church and community volunteering and fiber working.

Why I Support Alden Library: I grew up in the library; I studied in the library, and as a music major in the old music building, I watched the Alden Library arise from out of the ground. My senior year, I spent hours of research and study time there. It was home! I believe that going to the library is like going to the gym; it exercises my mind and strengthens my thinking. I want my alma mater to have the best library possible. 

Profile: An open, engaged and compassionate woman who values diversity and meaning in life.

Memorable Movie: “Lincoln”

Current Project: Developing my annual 9-square life view with my 2013 “Living a More Meaningful Life” project.

Favorite Place on Campus: I was a music therapy major and specialized in pipe organ. My hours in Galbreath Chapel and in Memorial Auditorium at the pipe organ were where I found peace and meaning. 


Kerry McCalla 

Home: Franklin, TN 

Profession: Counselor, Community Mental Health (4 yrs.); Management, BellSouth Corporation (27 yrs.) 

Last Book Read: “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain, our book club selection for November.

Hobbies: Woodworking, choral music, travel, antique tool collecting, and Habitat for Humanity.

Why I Support Alden Library: Ohio Fellows gave me such lasting gifts during my college years– it is time to give back.

Describe yourself in 10 words: “A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean & reverent.” OK, I know that’s 12 [words], but I’m not very good at “obedient” and “brave.”

Memorable Movie: Recently saw “Lincoln” – powerful.

Current Project: Volunteer construction supervisor with our local Habitat chapter; singing with Nashville in Harmony chorus; active at church; and I’m building a sculpted rocking chair after years of building furniture with square corners.

Favorite Place on Campus: Main Green, where I first fell in love with the Ohio University campus; it holds many memories. I walked its peaceful paths daily in all kinds of weather. It is also where we congregated the day after Martin Luther King was assassinated and the day after the Kent State shootings.