Leading Women, an exhibition on view in Miller Information Commons through April 15, celebrates the achievements of seven women who played essential roles in the development and administration of Champlain College. Among those featured is former faculty member Edith (Eadie) Kyle Templin (1942-2015).
Templin grew up in Connecticut and received a B.A. from Smith College and an M.B.A. from the University of Vermont. She spent her early career as a Volunteer for Mission with the Episcopal Church, serving as a faculty member and administrator at Cuttington College in Liberia, and a systems engineer at IBM in New York City, a rare woman in a field dominated by men. In 1971 she moved to Vermont with her husband and two young sons and attended UVM part-time to earn her MBA. Five years later, she began teaching accounting and mathematics at Champlain College. During her thirty-one years on Champlain’s faculty, she served as a member of numerous committees and in several academic leadership positions. She received Champlain’s Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award in 1987 and was designated Professor Emerita upon retirement. Templin was active in community service throughout her life; while at Champlain, she served as a trustee of Cathedral Square Corporation and Outright Vermont.
Soon after Templin’s death in 2015, Champlain College President Don Laackman wrote the following memorial tribute:
Eadie served in many roles at the College, but Teacher is the one that was most meaningful to her. She embodied that role in everything she did. Over the years she taught many lessons through her strength, indominable courage, humility, intellect, integrity, kindness and compassion. She embodied the spirit of collegeality.