Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mary E. Templeton March 22, 1924 - Feb. 29, 2016 Wvu Professor Made Her Mark as Agricultural Economics Pioneer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mary E. Templeton March 22, 1924 - Feb. 29, 2016 Wvu Professor Made Her Mark as Agricultural Economics Pioneer

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From her childhood on a historic family farm to the halls of West Virginia University, Mary E. Templeton's life revolved around the study of agriculture.

She became one of the few women in the country with expertise in agricultural economics in the 1950s and 1960s as she worked her way up the WVU Agricultural & Resource Economics program, starting as a research assistant in 1955 and becoming a professor in 1978.

She died Feb. 29 at age 91 at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown.

"She was always a good role model, particularly for women and back in the day when there were always few women in the ranks and the work was a male-dominated profession," said Gerard D'Souza, head of the Division of Resource Management in WVU's School of Natural Resources. "I think to that extent she was really a pioneer."

She was the only woman among a dozen faculty members in the WVU agricultural economics program in the 1980s. Well-liked and nonjudgmental, Ms. Templeton had a "stern" and "kind of a no- nonsense" look but was "like a teddy bear, very friendly, very approachable" deep down, Mr. D'Souza said.

"Most of our students in agribusiness management [today] are female, and they outperform the male students in many different areas," he said.

"In some small way, Mary perhaps paved the way for students to succeed -for female students in particular."

With a focus on agricultural marketing, "Mrs. …

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