Natalie Haslam (1952)

Category: Awards | Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna

2009 Distinguished Alumna Award Winner

A dedicated Volunteer, Natalie Haslam has spent her life serving the Knoxville community. From charitable giving to investments of time and energy, she has worked hard to ensure a brighter future for Knoxville residents and UT students.

Haslam has served in numerous leadership roles, including as the first female president of the Knoxville Symphony Society and the president of the East Tennessee Foundation, the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Knoxville Garden Club, and the Arts Council for Greater Knoxville.

She was a founding board member of the nonprofit Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which supports the national park through funds and volunteers. She has also served on the boards of the Tennessee Arts Commission, Child and Family Services, Zoo Knoxville, Maryville College, Webb School of Knoxville, Wellness Community, and Junior League. At UT, she’s served on the Library Society Board, the College of Arts and Science Board of Visitors, Friends of the UT Gardens, and the UT Chancellor’s Circle.

Multiple awards have been bestowed upon Haslam including the Amy Angel Collier Montague Medal from the Garden Club of America, the National Conference for Community and Justice Award, the Governor’s Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Knoxville Award from the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, and the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award from the East Tennessee Community Design Center. She was named the 1992 UT Volunteer of the Year and the East Tennessee Historical Society’s 2018 East Tennessean of the Year.

In recognition of her continued support of the university, UT’s music building was renamed the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, securing her legacy on campus.

Haslam graduated from UT in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She and her husband, James A. Haslam II, live in Knoxville and have six children, 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.