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Dr. Ralph A. Tesseneer Jr., 91, Taylor Co., KY (1924-2015)

He devoted his life in the areas of higher education and community involvement. To know him as an educator, all you had to do was ask one of his former students. One of them, Belinda Wilkins-Smith, had the opportunity a few years ago to thank Dr. Tesseneer personally for "having been the teacher who gave her that spark of Christian caring and encouragement, pushing her to apply her unique gifts in life which have served her so well." He will be greatly missed.
Dr. Ralph Athen Tesseneer, Jr. of Campbellsville, KY, died at 5amET, on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at his home at the age of 91.

The funeral services will be at 12pmCT/1pmET, Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, with burial in Brookside Cemetery, W Main Street, Campbellsville, KY. Visitation will be 4pm-7pmCT/5pm-8pmET,Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.

Dr. Ralph A. Tesseneer Jr., 91, Taylor Co., KY (1924-2015)

Dr. Ralph Athen Tesseneer, Jr. of Campbellsville, KY, son of the late Ralph Athen Tesseneer, Sr. and Susan Geneva Kirkland Tesseneer, was born in Russellville, AL, on April 23, 1924. He died at on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at his home in Campbellsville, Taylor Co., KY, at the age of 91 years, five months, and 18 days.

He spent his high school and early college years in Murray, KY. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater. On May 5, 1946, he married Laura Mae Fisher of Earlington, KY and together they raised three children. Their lives together were spent in the areas of higher education and community involvement.

Dr. Tesseneer earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts College, an M.A. in Educational Administration and Psychology from Peabody College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Tesseneer was a psychology professor at Western Kentucky State College, McNeese State College, Murray State University (where he was also Dean of the Graduate School), Northern Kentucky University (where he was also Vice-President, Interim President and President of the university's Foundation), University of Durham in Durham, England (as a visiting professor), and Campbellsville University (where he was vice president of Development).

Ralph Tesseneer was the recipient of multiple academic and community awards and recognitions. He was a life-long Baptist and served as a deacon, and in other leadership positions, in several churches. He was a devoted Rotarian and the president of several Rotary clubs. He was a Rotary District Governor in Kentucky. Dr. Tesseneer was a counseling psychologist in mental health clinics in communities where he lived; he was also a frequent public speaker and an educational consultant. He was visionary in his thinking and warm and caring in his interactions with everyone he met.

Ralph Tesseneer is survived by the following:
  • A daughter: Susan Tesseneer Walters and husband, Joe, of Campbellsville, KY

  • Son: Ralph Athen Tesseneer, III, M.D. and wife, Beverly, of Spartanburg, SC; Herbert Hoffman Tesseneer and wife, Gale, of Florence, KY

  • Three grandchildren: John Athen Tesseneer of Spartanburg, SC; Neely Tesseneer Benton and husband, Brad, of Moorhead, MN, and Davaajargal Dorjsuren of Ulan Bator, Mongolia and Campbellsville, KY

  • Two great grandsons: Thomas Athen Benton and John William Benton

  • Two sisters: Myra Jean Tesseneer Cooper and husband John, of Texarkana, TX; and Susan Tesseneer-Pope and husband Ken, of Campbellsville, KY.
He was preceded in death by a brother: Gerald Ware Tesseneer, and a grandson, Ralph Joseph Walters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to: The Ralph and Laura Tesseneer Scholarship Fund at Campbellsville University, Gideonís International, or Hosparus of Central Kentucky. Memorial gifts can be sent to Parrott-Ramsey Funeral Home for distribution: 418 Lebanon Ave., Campbellsville, KY 42718.

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Dr. Ralph A. Tesseneer Jr., 91, Taylor Co., KY (1924-2015)

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