Carnegie Society

Carnegie Society members are building a brighter city by inspiring reading, advancing learning and connecting our community.

A nod to Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropic leader responsible for building Nashville’s first public libraries and for laying the foundation with which NPLF’s efforts stand today, the Carnegie Society is an annual giving opportunity that supports the Nashville Public Library and its mission to provide education, literacy and equal access for all.

Our Carnegie Society members allow us, year after year, to create and sustain programs that change the lives of more than 600,000 Nashville residents. These programs help children and adults learn vital reading skills, inspire teens to explore technology in state-of-the-art spaces and bring the community together to hear award-winning authors, enjoy visual art exhibits and hear live music.

Become a member of the Carnegie Society and join a circle of civic-minded individuals dedicated to making our city a more vibrant, literate and connected place to live and work.

As a member of the Carnegie Society you will receive:

  • An invitation to participate in the Carnegie Society Book Club, an exclusive annual opportunity to discover and discuss great reads
  • Special invitations to unique Library Foundation events, such as Salon@615 author talks and VIP receptions
  • A commemorative NPLF library card
  • Recognition in the Library Foundation’s Annual Report

Participation Levels

Benefactor: $10,000+
Patron: $5,000 – $9,999
Director: $3,000 – $4,999
Member: $1,500 – $2,999

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Carnegie Society Co-Chairs


Tricia Carswell
Jerry Williams

Carnegie Society Members

As of January 14, 2020



Annual gift of $10,000+

Mrs. Irwin B. Eskind

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart W. Speyer

Mrs. William Cochran Sr.

Ms. Laura Anne Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Meacham

The Honorable Karl F. Dean and Ms. Delta Anne Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Doolittle


Annual gift of $5,000-$9,999

Mr. and Mrs. Martin S. Brown, Jr.

The Honorable and Mrs. Bill Haslam

Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Bumstead

Dr. Melinda and Mr. John Buntin

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Williams III

Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Wahl

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Samuel Johnson III

Ms. Jacqueline Shrago

Mr. and Mrs. Tyson Moore

Dr. Leslie Higgins and Mr. Charles Higgins

Ms. Ann Meador and Mr. Jonathan A. Shayne

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Paisley

Mr. and Mrs. Zulu Scott-Barnes

Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Holton

Ms. Sandra McLeroy


Annual gift of $3,000-$4,999

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Balser

Mr. and Mrs. David B. Fox, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. James Gingrich

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Clay T. Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Torrence

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ward

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Weisenseel


Annual gift of $1,500-$2,999

Dr. and Mrs. Dave Alexander

Ms. Susan Adams Andrews

Dr. and Mrs. Carl C. Awh

Dr. and Mrs. Jeremy Bakker

Mr. and Mrs. J. Barry Banker

Baulch Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Beasley II

Ms. Margaret L. Behm and Mr. Harlan Dodson

Ms. Barbara Bell

Mr. and Mrs. Dierks Bentley

Ms. Miriam L. Bliss and Mr. Dwayne W. Barrett

The Honorable Claudia C. Bonnyman and Mr. G. Gordon Bonnyman, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Braun

The Honorable Philip Bredesen and Ms. Andrea Conte

Mr. and Mrs. Summer Bryan

Dr. Wyeth Burgess and Mr. Edward Burgess

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Burrus

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Rawls Butler V

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cammack

Mr. and Mrs. William Carpenter

Ms. Corey Chatis

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Clay, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Cochran

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Overton Colton

Dr. and Mrs. James F. Conrad

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Cook, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Cook III

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Corcoran III

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cruickshanks, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin W. Crumbo

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bradford Currie

Ms. Donna Dalton and Mr. Luke Froeb

Ms. Adelaide Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Davis

Mr. Carlisle R. Davis, Jr.

Ms. Caroline A. Davis

Mr. and Mrs. William T. DeLay

Ms. Bonnie Dow

Mr. and Mrs. William Drewry

Mr. and Mrs. Townes Duncan

Dr. Susan H. Edwards

Mr. and Mrs. Shervin Eftekhari

Dr. and Mrs. Steven Eskind

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Eskind

Mr. David Esquivel

Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Ezell

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Ferguson

Mr. Brian T. Fitzpatrick

Ms. Beth A. Fortune and Ms. Debbie Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Jan Freitag

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Frist, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Frist III

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Gambill

Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Goad, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joel C. Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hagood

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Haley

Mr. and Mrs. William Hawkins

Dr. and Mrs. J. Brevard Haynes

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery N. Haynes

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Haynes

Mr. and Mrs. and Phil Hertik

Ms. Robin Holab-Abelman and Mr. Stephen Abelman

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Holmes

Mr. and Mrs. James G. Hughes

Ms. Paula DeWitt Hughey

Mr. and Mrs. David B. Ingram

Mr. Brian Jackson and Mr. Roger Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. R. Milton Johnson

Ms. Sherrilyn Kenyon

Mr. and Mrs. William B. King

Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kirshner

Ms. Kelly J. Koeppel

Mrs. Jack W. Kuhn

Dr. Kristine LaLonde and Dr. Claudio Mosse

Mrs. Raleigh F. Lane

Mr. Edward D. Lanquist

Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Lasher

Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Lodge

Drs. Amy and George Brandon Lynch

Mr. Mark Magnuson and Mr. Steve Westfield

Dr. Raymond S. Martin III

Ms. Cheryl W. Mason

Mr. and Mrs. Ben May

Ms. Julia McCown

Mr. and Mrs. James McElroy

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan A. Shayne

Mrs. James R. Meadows, Jr.

Dr. Heather Fairbank and Mr. Rusty Miller

Ms. Marlee Mitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Mosley

Mrs. Jeanie C. Nelson and Mr. Will Martin

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Nelson

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Neuss

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Oliver

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Orndorff

Ms. Marian T. Ott and Mr. Craig E. Philip

Mr. and Mrs. Laurence M. Papel

Dr. and Mrs. Philip M. Pfeffer

Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Portis

Ms. Leah Portis

Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus A. Puryear IV

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Rechter

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Ripley

Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Roark

Dr. Walter M. Robinson

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Satz

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Scarlett, Jr.

Mrs. J. Ronnie Scott

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Searcy

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Sewell

Mrs. Joan B. Shayne

Mr. and Mrs. Gary C. Shockley

Mr. and Mrs. W. Lucas Simons

Mr. and Mrs. Overton T. Smith

Mr. and Ms. Joe Sowell

Mr. and Mrs. Joe N. Steakley

Mr. and Mrs. John Stein

Mrs. Howard L. Stringer

Drs. Rebecca and Michael Swan

Mr. and Mrs. Cromwell Tidwell III

Mr. and Mrs. John Tighe

The Honorable Aleta A. Trauger and and Mr. Byron R. Trauger

Mr. and Mrs. J. Stephen Turner

Ms. Katy Varney and Mr. Dave Goetz, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel D. Viner

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Fall Wade, Jr.

Ms. Elizabeth C. Walls

Dr. and Mrs. John S. Warner

Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Warren

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene W. Weathersby Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Wendell

Mr. and Mrs. Blair J. Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Young

Mrs. Martin Zeitlin

Dr. Mary Zutter and Mr. Sam Santoro