A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 5, 2014 at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 1565 Curtis Street, Baton Rouge, for Frederick Charles Temple, Ph.D., who died Friday, August 29, 2014, in Baton Rouge. Visitation at the church will be from 9:00 a.m. until religious services at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Very Rev. Thomas Clark, S. J. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Gardens. Born in Topeka, Kansas on March 26, 1922, Dr. Temple was the son of John and Pearl (Thompson) Temple and the youngest of their four children. He began his formal education at Monroe Elementary School, which now serves as the Brown v. Board National Historic Site, and completed his high school education at Topeka High where he became the first person to break the color line on the school's varsity baseball team. In 1943, he left his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. After receiving training on several military bases in the United States, he was stationed in African-American units located in North Africa and Italy. When he completed his military service, he resumed his studies at the University of Wisconsin, earning his undergraduate degree in 1947 and his M.A. in agricultural economics in 1948. His doctorate, also from Wisconsin, was awarded in 1958. He completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. After serving on the faculty of several historically Black colleges and universities, he launched his forty-year teaching career at Southern University, Baton Rouge in 1950. As a member of the University's Department of Economics, he published an in-depth study in 1973 that highlighted the importance of Southern University to the continued economic growth of Baton Rouge, especially Scotlandville. He retired from Southern University in 1990. Dr. Temple was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ray Helen Ricard, whom he married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, LA. in December,1951. Together, they were active members of the Southern Heights community and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Scotlandville for more than 50 years. Dr. Temple was also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings: Fr. James Temple, Jeanette T. Dandridge and Alberta Temple. Dr. Temple leaves his daughter, Myra Alison Temple of Pleasanton, CA, his son, Dr. Doyle Anthony Temple of Hampton, VA and four grandchildren: Laurence Anthony Temple of Woodbridge, VA, his avid fishing buddy; Janet Jackson, Valerie Temple and Melissa Temple of Hampton. Other survivors include his four great-grandchildren, Jerel, Selena, Joseph and Jor-el; his nieces, Carole T. Dickey and husband, Dudley, of Sun City, AZ, and Deborah Dandridge of Topeka, KS; sisters-in-law, Myrtly Joyner of Baton Rouge and Natalie Ricard of Los Angeles, CA.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2014