I. Eulogy for T. Temple Tuttle
Professor Howard Meeker delivered the Eulogy.
"A few weeks ago Cleveland State University and the Department of Music lost a dear friend and colleague. A member of this faculty for almost 30 years, Dr. T. Temple Tuttle was a beloved master teacher, musician, and scholar. His interests and areas of expertise were as wide and varied as the world itself. A native of Cleveland Heights, he received his undergraduate degree in French horn performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1955. Two years later he graduated from Oberlin College with a master's degree in music education. Tom worked in the public schools near Philadelphia and New York City before completing his doctorate in education from the University of Maryland and joining the Cleveland State faculty in 1971 as a specialist in music education.
Shortly after returning to Cleveland, Tom had the opportunity to hear a concert of classical Asian Indian drumming. He began to study Indian drumming and soon found himself hooked on the rich and varied musical culture of India. The end result was the development of an annual festival of Indian music -- the largest of its kind outside of India -- hosted by Tom for the past 27 years on this campus. The festival and the hundreds of multi-cultural performances that Tom brought to this campus over the years created a truly world-wide view of music for Cleveland State students and the citizens of Northern Ohio.
Tom was a tireless researcher who sparked similar interests in his students. Although he had an international reputation as a researcher, was the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships, and authored many dozens of publications and presentations, Tom never forgot that students come first. There are many CSU-trained musicians and public school teachers in the Greater Cleveland area who have published research or who have presented papers at important professional meetings because of Tom's encouragement and guidance.
Tom never lost his creativity and passion for learning. Those of us fortunate enough to spend time with him while he was in hospice found him writing poetry and working on his research materials gathered last summer while on his most recent Fulbright trip to India. He was a shining example and inspiration to all who value scholarship and the art of teaching. Cleveland State University and the community it serves are better places because Tom Tuttle called them home."