Dr. Thomas L. Bennett, son of the late Henry and Norma (Stroup) Bennett, was born January 16, 1937, and died at age 74 at Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.
Dr. Bennett was a resident of Bowling Green, Ohio.
He was united in marriage to Charla Talbot in 1964.
He is survived by his children, Mikelyn Kiefer (Greg) of St. Charles, Mo., Brooke Bennett of Bowling Green, and Baron T. Bennett (Leanne) of Indianapolis, Ind.; by 10 grandchildren; and two nephews, Kip Musgrave of Dexter and Jay Musgrave of Cape Girardeau.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Charla, and by his sister, JoNell Rehm.
Born and raised in Dexter, Dr. Bennett graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 1958 and taught 6th grade in the Lindberg School District in St. Louis County for two years. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1960 and served two years in a medical intelligence unit in Germany. Upon his return, he received his Masters of Education in 1965 and his Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of Missouri. He married Charla in 1964 and moved to Bowling Green in 1966.
He was a professor in the College of Education at Bowling Green State University until he retired in 1995. His areas of expertise were educational psychology and human growth and development.
Throughout his life, he quietly gave back to the community in numerous ways by visiting hospitals and neonatal and child care units, volunteering and instructing for hospice, and donating to charities involving the arts, music, nature, and education. In particular, he loved donating toys to needy children.
Services were held at
the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.