Dr. Calvin Cotten Brister

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dr. Calvin Cotten Brister, 73, of Poplar Drive, Morgantown,W.Va., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at hisresidence.

Dr. Brister was born in Brookhaven on Jan. 15, 1935; a son ofthe late Martin Joseph Brister and the late Burdette “Cotten”Brister.

Dr. Brister was a very well known and respected professor ofpharmacy at West Virginia University for 37 years. Even after hebecame semi-retired, he still taught at least 20 hours a week andremained a favorite professor among students at the university.Teaching was his first great love, and his passion for what he didmade a huge impact on his many students throughout the years.

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He retired as a professor and assistant dean of the WestVirginia University School of Pharmacy and was in charge ofadmissions and undergraduate student affairs.

He enjoyed being in the outdoors – hiking, cycling on the Railsto Trails and motorcycle riding. He had a large gun collection andalso enjoyed hunting.

Above all, he will be remembered for his contributions to hisstudents and WVU, being a loving husband and father, and awonderful grandfather to his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Voigt Brister; his twodaughters, Dr. Donna Cheryl Brister and Karen Leigh Brister; hisstepchildren, Linda Sutherland and her husband, Bill Pixler,Michael Sutherland and Stephen Sutherland; a granddaughter, RobynBrister; 14 step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; andhis former spouse, Carolyn Read.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by asister, Martina Brister Vail.

In keeping with Dr. Brister’s wishes, Hastings Funeral Home ofMorgantown provided cremation services.

Family and friends were received for a memorial visitation inMorgantown on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, followed by a memorialworship service on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at Cheat Lake CommunityChurch in Morgantown.

A memorial worship service will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009,at 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Baptist Church, 3rd Floor Chapel, and3327 Old Canton Rd. in Jackson.

Internment will follow immediately thereafter with burial inLakewood Memorial Park, 6000 Clinton Blvd. in Jackson with LakewoodFuneral Home in charge of internment.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship fund will beestablished at the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia Universityand his family requests that any memorial gifts be given to thatscholarship fund.