Longtime Faculty Member Dr. Joe Templeton Passes

On January 6, 2009, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences lost one of our own with the passing of Dr. Joe Templeton.

A native of Dublin, Texas, Dr. Templeton dedicated the last 33 years of his life to the CVM. During his tenure at Texas A&M, Dr. Templeton worked in the veterinary pathobiology department with a research focus on immunogenetics in cattle, dogs, and bison, and also served as head of the comparative medicine division. He collaborated with most of the CVM faculty and contributed to all kinds of research projects. Dr. Templeton also served as a faculty senator, as a school board member for the College Station Independent School District, and as a governor-appointed commissioner to the Texas Animal Health Commission.

He began his college education by earning a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University. After completing a PhD at Oregon State, Dr. Templeton landed his first job with the University of Oregon Medical School. From Oregon, Dr. Templeton moved to Texas for a position at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston before arriving at the CVM.

Dr. Templeton is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jamie, and two children, Rachael and John. We will miss him greatly.

Professor Joe Templeton’s funeral will be held at 10:30am, Friday, January 9, 2009 at the A&M Church of Christ, 2475 Earl Rudder FWY S., College Station, TX 77845, or contact info@amchurch.net for more details and a map.

Please send memorials for Dr. Joe W. Templeton to the “John Templeton fund/A&M Church of Christ”, c/o A&M Church of Christ, 2475 Earl Rudder Fwy. S., College Station, TX 77845, or to the charity of your choice. Memorials for his son, John, are requested in lieu of flowers.

Cards & condolences may be sent to Mrs. Joe Templeton, 8400 Spring Creek, College Station, TX 77845-4607.

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