Dr. Peter Temple


        It was a sad weekend in that it marked the passing of my med school friend, professor, and mentor, Dr. Peter Temple. Still, there was hope. His receiving of friends, as one might expect, was a big party that showed how many people he influenced. Not only does he leave behind a wonderful nuclear family, but many folks like me whose lives were enriched by him. Dr. Temple showed me how to be a doc but still enjoy life; he perfected the art.

       The celebration of his life was friends and food and drink and music. Kids ran through the yard, splashed in a puddle, played with some new puppies, and climbed the cedar trees around the house. In addition to ham sandwiches and fruit and cheese there was sushi and edamame and chocolate cake and of course bluegrass on the front porch. Folks there included guys like George on the banjo, who played with Peter and Junior and Greek in the Tar River Boys back when I was in med school. We played standards out of Temple’s set list; numbers like “I Wonder How the old Folks are at Home, and “I’m Using my Bible For a Road Map.” My daughter had to pull up the lyrics for it on her cell phone, but we honored his request that we do “You Go To Your Church and I’ll Go To Mine,” one that I had promised him years ago I would play for him whenever the time came.    

         I was sad to see him pass, but glad he has no more suffering. One thing is certain; there will never be another one like him.

Dr. B

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6 Comments on “Dr. Peter Temple”

  1. jel Says:

    sorry to hear that Doc,

  2. Carolyn Brooks Says:

    Dr. B, I am truly sorry for your loss. One thing is for sure – the only sad ones are the ones left behind. I’m sure your friend is experiencing happiness we can only imagine! How wonderful to have such a celebration of a life well lived – both to honor him, but for those of you that loved him to come together to enjoy and remember times shared. No doubt he would have been pleased. Sending prayers of comfort your way.

  3. Simpkins Says:

    Dr. B. , Sorry for the loss of your Mentor & dear friend ,Still Praying for you and your Family and your complete healing, hope to see you soon.


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