TRUMAN R. TEMPLE JANUARY 24, 1923 - OCTOBER 30, 2012 Truman R. Temple has died after a lengthy illness. The cause of death was melanoma. He was born in Quincy, MA in 1923 and later moved to Hartford, CT. Temple entered Colgate University in 1941 and enlisted in the Army in 1943 where he served on a 60mm mortar squad in the 94th Infantry Division. He saw action in France, Luxembourg, and Germany. When World War II ended Temple pursued studies at an American university established for serviceman in Biarritz in 1945-46, later returning to Colgate where he graduated in 1947. He then was employed as a marketing agent for a year with Mobil Oil Co. in Dakar, West Africa. After contracting malaria in what was then French West Sudan, Temple returned to the U.S. and pursued graduate studies in English and journalism at the University of California in Berkeley where he met and married Elizabeth Jeanne Martt. Temple later worked as a reporter on newspapers in California, New York, and Washington, DC including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Evening Star. In 1971 he joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an information officer and speech writer, where he worked until retiring in 1986 when he and his wife moved from Washington, DC to Santa Fe. Temple also wrote freelance articles for a number of publications including the New Republic, France, The New York Times, Military History, Aviation History, Argosy, and the Newspaper Enterprise Assn. He is survived by two sons, William D. Temple of Colorado Springs, CO and Stephen C. Temple of Reno, NV, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Temple willed his body to the University of New Mexico Medical School. His ashes will be buried next to those of his wife at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Nov. 1, 2012