John Guerry

“Tennis has given me a lifetime of enjoyment and very good friends.”
~~John Guerry, 2018


John Patton Guerry

Class of 1996

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, John Guerry began playing tennis at ten years old. Born in 1925, he played tennis for nearly 80 years finally retiring from active play in 2015. He excelled on the courts as a junior and amateur in regional play. Guerry played for the Sewanee Military Academy and later the Baylor School, where he graduated in 1943. He served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during WWII before completing his Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South in 1949. Recalled to duty during the Korean conflict, Guerry earned his J.D. from McKenzie School of Law in 1955. In 1987, Guerry retired after more than 30 years in banking including twenty years as President of First Federal Bank & Trust Chattanooga. In amateur play, Guerry won the Chattanooga City Championship in 1950 and 1955. He also coached tennis at the Baylor School for one year and served as an officer of the Chattanooga Tennis Association. He and Warren Clark (Class of 1993) hosted the USTA Southern sectionals in the early days of USTA leagues. Guerry served and led many civic and charity organizations in Chattanooga including the United Way, Rotary, YMCA, Chattanooga Community Foundation, UTC, and the Chamber of Commerce. He acted as District Governor for the Rotary and was named Kiwanian of the Year. Guerry chaired the first Capital Fund Drive for Baylor School, which raised $27 million. He served as Trustee, Regent, and President of the National Alumni Association of the University of the South and as a vestryman of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Married in 1965, Guerry and his wife Carolyn still reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They are the parents of two sons John Patten “Pat” Guerry, Jr. (Class of 2012) and Bill Guerry. Their granddaughter Anne Wright Guerry clearly "has the gene" as she is ranked no. 1 in Girls 14 in USTA Southern.