UT professor, Ky. woman identified as 2 found dead in Gatlinburg hot tub

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Two people found dead in a hot tub of at a cabin in Gatlinburg have been identified by Gatlinburg Police Department.

Officers say they were called to Gatlinburg Falls Resort, 820 Resort Way, Saturday morning just before 8 a.m. where they found Dr. Jon Levin, 63, of Oak Ridge, and Myra Smith-Findell, 62, of Corbin, dead.

The circumstances surrounding their deaths are being investigated. While the exact cause is not known at this time, officials do not suspect foul play. Autopsy results are not expected to be released for 30 days.

Levin was a physics professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The physics department said they are establishing a scholarship fund to honor him. The department’s director described Levin as a passionate teacher who lead an outreach project with Fentress County Schools.

“Though his research area was experimental atomic physics, the past few years saw Levin dedicate more of his time to teaching and directing our undergraduate program, where he was a profound influence on so many of our students. He will be greatly missed,” said the University of Tennessee in a statement.

If you wish to donate to the Jon C. Levin Scholarship fund, checks should be made out to the UT Foundation with a note on the memo line that the gift is for the scholarship.

Checks can be sent to:

Don Eisenberg, CFRE
Director of Development
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Arts & Sciences
137 Alumni Memorial Building
1408 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-1331

Findell is survived by her husband, Ronald Findell, daughter and grandson. Croley Funeral Home said visitation is at 1 p.m. and the memorial service is at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home’s chapel.



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