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Dr. Charles M. Temple

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Dr. Charles M. Temple

Memphis, TN

Charles M. Temple, EdD. died Sunday, May 28, 2017, at his home in Collierville with his wife by his side. He was 85. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marlen Shelby Temple and Myrtice Pryor Temple, and his sister Peggy Temple McCulley Garrett. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patra Brawley Temple, EdD., his sister Barbara Temple Fletcher, his children Christina Temple McNeer Dent, Charles M. Temple Jr., Catherine Temple Wilson, EdD. (Don), Joseph Shelby Temple, and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A native of Memphis, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in June 1951 and attended recruit training at Parris Island, SC. He served as an enlisted Marine for nine years, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, before receiving a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1960. His military assignments include combat tours with VMR253 in Korea and MAG 12 in Vietnam. Active in the Marine Corps Reserve until his retirement in June 1990, he attained the rank of Colonel. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with combat "V" and Combat Aircrew Wings with three gold stars as well as numerous unit awards and campaign ribbons.

Charles received his BS and MS degrees from Memphis State University in 1958. He received his Doctor of Education degree in 1970 and Executive MBA in 1978 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was Director of Institutional Research for the UT System from 1970 to 1973. During that time, his office conducted the research that resulted in a decision by the UT Board of Trustees to establish a College of Veterinary Medicine on the Knoxville campus. He was Executive Vice Chancellor for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1973 to 1983. A specialist in the field of management by objectives and participative management, he published numerous articles in professional journals on these topics. He held the rank of professor in the UTC School of Education.

In 1983, he became President of State Technical Institute at Memphis (now Southwest Tennessee Community College) and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1995. In 1989, U.S. News and World Report rated State Tech as one of America's best colleges in its annual College Guide. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 24 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 106 Walnut Street, Collierville. Burial, with military honors, will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134 for the Dr. Charles M. Temple Endowed Scholarship.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 20, 2017
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