Jennifer Leigh Disney
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Interview with Tempe Anne Oehler, 1990 South Carolina Mother of the Year.
South Carolina Mother of the Year Oral History Archives
Born in 1932 in Columbia, South Carolina, Tempe has lived her entire life in Myrtle Beach. She graduated cum laude from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (UNC Greensboro) with a B.A. in Spanish and received the honors of Phi Beta Kappa, the Golden Chain Scholarship, and the Leadership Society. She married Henry Frederick Oehler, Jr. in 1952 and had three sons and one daughter.
Tempe worked as a reporter, editor and substitute teacher. Her volunteer efforts have included civic and community involvement on both a local and international level. The organizations she supported include the Crisis Center, Mexican Border Ministry, Sister Cities, Hall of Fame trustee. South Carolina Department of Education Scholarship Committee, historical societies, Colonial Dames, Spanish and French honor societies, alumni association, and Archibald Rutledge Club. She also served as a Bible teacher and volunteer interpreter.
During Hurricane Hugo Tempe and her husband remained at home. She was the only local telephone contact for CNN news anchors' international telecast from Atlanta.
The Oehlers shared a strong philosophy of parenting: "The role of a parent is to develop individuals of good character who are self-reliant, productive, caring citizens of society. Parents accomplish this through providing good education and developing the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their children. This includes training in managing economic resources."
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LC Subject Headings
Oehler, Tempe Anne--Interviews; Mothers--South Carolina; Mothers--Awards--South Carolina; Awards--South Carolina; South Carolina Mothers Association
Oral History | United States History | Women's History
Oehler, Tempe Anne, "Interview with Tempe Anne Oehler and guest" (2015). South Carolina Mother of the Year Oral History Archives. 20.