Dr. Donald M. Bell

November 25, 1951May 31, 2013

BELL, DR. DONALD M. – age 61, of Knoxville, died peacefully in his sleep, Friday, May 31, 2013. Dr. Bell was the Clinical Associate Professor and Program Administrator of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration at the UT College of Nursing, Knoxville, TN. He was an Advanced Practice Nurse and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with a Doctor of Nursing Science degree from the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Scholarly activities included anesthesia-related research, authoring/co-authoring many papers for editorials, professional magazines, journals, text books, and grant income generation. Dr. Bell belonged to several honor societies, including Sigma Theta Tau, (International Honor Society of Nursing), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, (International Honor Fraternity in Music). He held many anesthesia related professional offices, including past President of the TN Association of Nurse Anesthetists and won the Practitioner of the Year award in 2011. In 2010, Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Dr. Bell to serve as the Advanced Practice Nurse member of the TN Board of Nursing, the first CRNA to do so, and in 2012, rose to Chairman of the TN Board of Nursing. A Vietnam era veteran of the US Air Force, he was Director of Operations and Public Relations at Headquarters Command, Boling AFB, Washington, DC. There, he played all woodwind instruments in the Airmen of Note, the Air Force Jazz Band, specializing in Alto Saxophone. Dr. Bell received several ribbons and medals, including Outstanding Unit Citation, with three oak leaf clusters; and Expert Marksman Ribbon. Of special note, in 2008, TN Governor Phil Bredesen awarded him the rank and title of Colonel Aide-de-Camp. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Helen R. and William C. Bell, Sr. He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Beverly; daughter, Angela Ewing and her children; son, Jarrod Joyce; brothers and sister-in-law, Robin and William C. Bell, Jr. and Brent Patton; niece, Becky Bell Siedler and her son; nephew and wife, Jonathan and Lisa Bell and their sons; aunt, Jeanette Smith; and extended family. Dr. Bell was especially fond of his executive assistant, Alisa Canupp; faculty, Julie Bonom and Terri Preast; colleagues and students. Memorial flowers will be donated to Random Acts of Flowers. Alternatively, memorial donations may be made to the Siamese Cat Rescue Center, 366 Meander Run Rd., Locust Dale, VA, 22948, or to UTFI, 1200 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996, c/o Debby Powell, with a memo for the Preston/Bell Endowed Faculty Fund. The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 3:00pm at Sherwood Chapel, 3176 Airport Hwy., Alcoa, TN 37701, with Chaplain Dan Hix officiating. Entombment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, prior to the service. Condolences may be offered at



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Mendy Richards

November 22, 2017


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Hello, Beverly!

I am no expert on woodwinds or their worth, but I know who is. His undergraduate clarinet teacher, Dan Hearn or his wife Eva could help you. Eva will answer a request from you at:

Please accept my renewed condolences for your loss. Don was a good friend, and we had only recently caught back up with each other when this happened.

All good wishes to you and yours this holiday season,

Melinda L. Richards, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
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Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Coordinator, SSLT Licensure Program at MTSU
Dept. Of Health & Human Performance
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Kent Peters

June 13, 2013

I was shocked to hear the news. I went to TTU with him and I was sure he would be a musician all his life. So surprised, but he sure did well in this field. I am so sorry for you loss and will be praying for him. He was a great guy and so helpful and friendly. Prayers!!

June 13, 2013

Bev,I was genuinely shocked and saddened to hear that Don had passed on.I have no doubt that he truly loved you.I know this is another major crossroads in your life. You have to find the strength to go on.
God bless you.
Bill DeRemer

Anne Marie Wilson

June 10, 2013

Dr. Bell was a wonderful man and professor and I have many great memories of him from my time in UT's Nurse Anesthesia program. I kept in contact with Dr. Bell through Facebook and he often made me smile with commentary or pictures he posted.
He will be sorely missed by many.

My deepest sympathy to Dr. Bell's wife, Beverly and all his friends and family.

June 8, 2013

I first met Don in 2010 when we were both were appointed to the Board of Nursing by Governor Bredesen. I came to know him as a very knowledgeable and trusted colleague and friend. My deepest sympathy goes to Beverly and the entire family in your time of loss.
Arthur Thompson, LPN

Tracey James-Achenbach

June 8, 2013

Dear Beverly, I am so very sorry for your loss and for what we, those of us in anesthesia, have loss in Dr. Bell's passing. I thank him for his military service. It was always so evident how much he absolutely adored you. Please know that you are in my prayers.


June 8, 2013

So sad to learn of Don`s death.It was my pleasure to have known and worked with him. He was an excellent teacher and had found his passion at UT. His shoes will be hard to fill. My prayers are for Beverly and the Bell family.

Abe Abuelouf

June 8, 2013

My deepest sympathies to Don's family and to all who come to know, admire, and appreciate Don...

Karen Golden

June 8, 2013

I was shocked to hear that Don had passed away. I worked with him at the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing for 15 years. My job was to do Letters of Agreement/Contracts between his office and the college of nursing. I am so sorry for your loss. He was always "up" and had something nice to say to me or anyone else.

Benny Davis

June 7, 2013

So sad to hear of Don's passing. He was one of the classiest people I've ever known, who was devoted to his profession, his faith, and to you. Sorry I cannot attend the service, but just know he will always be remembered fondly.