Jean was a true giant in the history of UofR Law School. She was a friend to all of her students and the key to the success for most of us. I saw her last year at the Fall Gathering. I thank God that I got to hug her one more time and tell her how much she meant to me. I will miss her tremendously. God bless you all. I know you will feel her loss terribly.
I add my name to the many, many people who owe their legal careers to Ms. Tarpley. I have thought fondly of her many times over the years.
I transferred to T.C. Williams the Fall of 1979. She made me feel welcomed. She was a nice person. When I think of UR I think of Jean Tarpley.
We never had the privilege of meeting your grandmother. But I know from Garrett's stories that she was a very special woman and he thought of her as Grandma Jean. We are sorry for your loss and have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I remember her mainly because she would always introduce herself to me at family occassions.
Amy...Your mother was an exceptional lady and we loved her very much. We share in your grief but we do rejoice in our hope...glennon and betty balser
Amy, my deepest sympathy to you & your family, Jim & Jean took me into their home for a while, and treated me better than anyone could hope. I have such fond memories of you all. Thinking of you with prayers for you and the girls.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Miss Jean was such a beautiful lady. I only knew her for a short time, but it made a huge impact on me. God bless her and i feel fortunate to have known her.
She was a pistol and the sweetest woman. She took a flyer on me and admitted me under the "Admission by Performance" program. (I majored in beer at William & Mary.) I did great, and I think she was proud. She was fabulous, and a wonderful friend.
Mrs. Tarpley will always be remembered by me as a beautiful person. She went out of her way to help all of the students at the law school. Rest in peace.
Jean Tarpley was the first face many of us remember from the University of Richmond's T. C. Williams School of Law. She was more than an efficient and effective administrator, she evolved into a treasured friend for those of us who walked through those doors the first time with a mixture of fear, excitement and anticipation. Those of us who were privileged to work with her on various projects got to see "the person behind the title" and it made a long-lasting impression on us that while titles are important, substance is everything. She was a woman of honor who is an important part of the law school history at Richmond. She will never be forgotten by those whose lives she touched. Sincere sympathy to her family and close friends. She was, truly, one in a million. Sending a virtual hug from this member of the Class of '87.
Jean, you were my first encounter at the law school and I remember you asking me why I was considering being an attorney when I already had such a rich background. You were the only one who treated me with a special kindness and love like only a Mother would. Thanks for being like a second Mother to me while I was there at T.C. Williams.
I admired and respected Ms. Tarpley. If it was not for her I may never have gotten into Law School (at a time when women in Law School were few and far between). She was always a genuine individual. I am deeply saddened by her passing.
I first met Mrs. Tarpley, as I always referred to her, in 1972; I was in my 4th year at the University of Virginia and considering law school. My father, also a lawyer, had already met Mrs. Tarpley; she had sold him on T. C. Williams, and he insisted I meet her and see the School. I was charmed by Mrs. Tarpley for the next three years. I do not recall ever thinking of Richmond without also remembering her and her professionalism,kindness and graciousness. She has been, and will always be, coupled with my fond memories of of the University of Richmond.
Amy and family,
I have such great memories of your mom---making us sing in the choir!! She was a beautiful, sweet Godly woman. May your memories comfort you.
We are sincerely sorry to hear of the passing of your aunt Jean. Please know that you are in our thoughts.
Ray Wilson and Tim Laxton
Sweet Aunt Jean, you were so dear to us all. We will love and miss you always.
Amy, Brittney & Chloe,
Your mother & grandmother was a beautiful woman, "A Classy Lady". She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We missed her dearly when she moved to live with you, Amy. So often we would visit her and spend time just talking about anything and everything. Our sympathy goes out to all of her family. We know you will all miss her dearly.
I will miss you, my precious Aunt Jean, I know you are with the Angels in Heaven!