Huntingdon remembers Dr. Tony Carlisle
The Huntingdon College community remembers the life of Dr. Anthony Jack (Tony) Carlisle, Huntingdon Class of 1976, who died this morning after a long battle with cancer. A member of the Huntingdon faculty since 1978, Carlisle invested his teaching and professional life in the life of Huntingdon College, serving as chair of the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty among many roles during his long Huntingdon tenure.
Huntingdon President J. Cameron West said, “Dr. Tony Carlisle’s character and professional excellence set a standard by which other professors and deans who followed him have been measured. He was honest, discerning, forthright, and committed. The tributes and testimonies posted on the College Facebook page indicate the impact he had on the lives of Huntingdon students. Our thoughts and prayers surround the Carlisle family, including his wife of 37 years and Huntingdon classmate, Renee Byrd Carlisle, a member of the Huntingdon staff in the Department of Teacher Certification.”
Before graduating from Huntingdon, Carlisle began working as a systems analyst with the State Department of Education's Division of Vocational Education/Vocational Management Information System, where he served until 1978, two years after completing his degree. He then began working as a senior systems analyst for Huntingdon, also serving as an instructor in computer science. His love for teaching led him to complete master’s degrees at Auburn University (M.B.A.) and the University of Alabama-Birmingham (M.S.), as well as a doctorate at Auburn University. During his nearly 30-year teaching career, he taught a myriad of computer science, mathematics, and digital imaging courses. He was appointed chair of the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences in 1999, associate dean of faculty in the School of Sciences in 2005, and associate dean of faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences in 2006. Carlisle was appointed by President West as acting dean of faculty in 2007, moving to the role of vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty during the 2007–2008 academic year. His health forced him to step down from that role in February 2008.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, on the Huntingdon campus.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Anthony J. Carlisle Scholarship Fund at Huntingdon College.