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William Temple Dickinson, 62, Glasgow

William Temple Dickinson, 62, Glasgow, passed away suddenly Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at the T. J. Samson Community Hospital.  Born in Glasgow, he was a son of the late Dr. Lewis Dickinson and Selma Goodman Dickinson.

While dedicating himself to the many facets of his life, Temple has maintained his lifelong interest in theatre and service to others.  He was an Eagle Scout and a 1974 graduate of Glasgow High School where he was also a member of the Glasgow Scottie Band.  He went on to graduate Transylvania University in 1978 and Harvard Law School in 1984, where he also was deeply involved with the Harvard Drama Society.  After graduation, he joined a private law firm in Boston where he specialized in white collar crime defense and then later moved to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

After returning to Glasgow, Temple was highly involved in community affairs while maintaining his law practice.  He was a member of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs; he helped initiate the beginning of the local soup kitchen; and he was a dedicated member of the Far Off Broadway Players, both acting and directing productions.  He had served as Chief of Staff to the Majority Whip of the Kentucky House of Representatives and was presently serving as Master Commissioner for Barren County.

Temple was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he also served as Elder and Sunday School Teacher.

Survivors include his wife Jan Marie Wussow Dickinson; his son, Benjamin Temple Dickinson; two brothers: Dr. L. G. Dickinson and wife Sherry, and Jake Dickinson and wife Pat; one sister, Jeanne Dickinson White and husband John; five nieces and nephews: Jefferson Dickinson, Kathy Glass, John Martin Dickinson, Paul White, and Lucy White Carlson.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the First Christian Church with burial in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 9, at the Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home and after 1 p.m. on Sunday at the church.

Alternate expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Ralph Bunche Community Soup Kitchen or to Glasgow Rotary Scout Foundation.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


  1. Jill Bowers, HLS '84 on July 23, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    To Temple’s family: I am so sorry for your loss–just learned of his passing from the HLS magazine. Temple was a fun member of our HLS Class of ’84. He led the cast in a skit at the end of our torts class. Spoofing Brando as Jorel (Superman’s father), the skit concluded with Temple handing the “wedge of liability ” to Prof. “Sarge” Sargentich. I will never forget what he said to me the morning of the first day of the Massachusetts bar exam: “Don’t worry. It’s just like an audition–but 80 percent of the actors get into the cast!” He had been the student at Transylvania of another of our classmates, Helen Irvin, whom we also lost some years past, and I enjoyed their “Transylvania tales” very much. Imagine their reunion now …

  2. La Vece on March 31, 2022 at 4:27 pm


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