Eugene-TeSelle-Obituary

Eugene Arthur TeSelle Jr.

Nashville, Tennessee

Aug 8, 1931 – Mar 1, 2018 (Age 86)

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Eugene Arthur TeSelle, Jr.Nashville - Eugene A. TeSelle, Jr.,born in Ames, Iowa, August 8, 1931, son of Eugene and Hildegarde TeSelle.He is survived by his wife Penny , sister Ellen Boal(Dean), children, Elizabeth TeSelle, John TeSelle(Maria), stepsons William Peatman (Sue), James Peatman(Vivi),...

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I became aware of Vanderbilt's GDR program because of a mutual friend. I was accepted to the graduate program because of Gene's personal recommendation. I never took classes from him, but chats with Gene taught me in ways that have guided me throughout my life. Gene was a historian who helped shape the personal histories of many. zikhrono livrakha -"May his memory be a blessing."

Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, Inc. offers our deepest gratitude for the dedication Gene had for our community. We will carry on the lessons he taught and the vision he expressed.

When I served with Gene on the Board of the Nashville Peace & Justice Center, I would refer to him as "Gene The Greater." He remains an inspiration and reminds me to hold to my convictions.

I was a student of Gene in the 1980s. I remember his deep learning and his willingness to talk to me at length about whatever questions I had or ideas I was struggling to formulate. He was always very kind and helpful. I learned so much from him. I also remember a different kind of learning from him - I admired very much his dedication to social justice. I remember him standing every week to protest the US support of wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua. I remember his encouragement when I was...