The Richmond Register

March 8, 2013

Engle, EKU professor, local historian, columnist dies Friday


Register staff report

RICHMOND — Dr. Fred Allen Engle, Jr., 83, a longtime Richmond Register columnist and Eastern Kentucky University professor, died Friday in the Compassionate Care Center of Richmond.

Engle was “an iconic figure in what is now our College of Business & Technology and among local historians,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said in a Friday statement.

Engle taught commerce and economics at Eastern from 1959 until his retirement in 1998, when he was named faculty emeritus,Whitlock said.

“The Engle family roots run deep at EKU,” Whitlock said. Engle’s father, Dr. Fred. A Engle, Sr., also taught at Eastern and his son, Dr. Allen D. Engle, earned two degrees from the university and has taught in its College of Business & Technology since 1989.

While at Eastern, Engle served as chair of the Faculty Senate from 1974-75 and was a long-time faculty adviser to the College Republicans and Sigma Tau Pi. He also edited the College of Business Publication, Business Bylines, for more than a decade.

“He was similarly active in community affairs,” Whitlock said, serving on the Board of Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington and as a member of the Madison Historical Society and the Madison County Library Board.

He also was a third-degree Mason in the Richmond Lodge.

In 1969, he and Dr. Robert Grise (also a former EKU professor), began writing “Madison’s Heritage,” a weekly column about local history, for the Richmond Register.

His granddaughter, Kathryn Engle, published the entire collection of articles online as part of her undergraduate work at EKU. She also compiled a selection of favorite columns for a book, “Madison’s Heritage Rediscovered.”

Engle was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Richmond, where he had been a member since 1938. He taught the Lamplighter’s Men’s Bible Class, served on a number of the church’s pastoral search committees and was appointed church historian.

After graduating from Model Laboratory School, Engle earned a baccalaureate degree from Eastern State Teachers College (before it was renamed Eastern Kentucky University in 1966).

Following graduation, Engle served three years in the Seventh Army, U.S. Army Occupation Forces in Germany, leaving the service as a first lieutenant.

After returning home, Engle earned an MBA in 1954 and an Ed.D. in higher education foundations in 1966, both from the University of Kentucky.

Among Engle’s survivors is his wife Mary, whom he met in Edinburgh, Scotland, while on Army furlough in Great Britain.

His complete obituary appears on Page 2.