Thomas E. "Tom" Battle III

February 16, 1947April 1, 2013

Thomas E. "Tom" Battle III of Columbus, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 1, 2013, while teaching at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, IN, where he had been an Adjunct Professor since 1983. Following his birth on February 16, 1947, in Louisville, KY, the family relocated to Indiana, residing first in Seymour and then in Columbus. He attended Columbus High School, where he played football and ran track for the CHS Bulldogs, graduating in 1965.

Tom attended Indiana University, earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees, and completing all academic course work for a doctorate degree. He played soccer under the legendary Jerry Yegley, and then coached the IU Water Polo team for 10 years. A member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, he was an integral member of their Little 500 bicycle race team. Tom rode nearly 90 percent of the 1970 race to lead his team to victory that year.

His professional relationship with Indiana University, which lasted until his death, began in 1974 at the Kelley School of Business Real Estate Certification Program (RECP). Following creation of the Center for Real Estate Education and Research in 1981, Tom moved with RECP into the new entity, where he co-owned and co-operated RECP for 38 years until selling the business to the Indiana Association of Realtors in 2010. During his tenure, Tom taught thousands of real professionals all across the state of Indiana, while also writing, co-authoring or editing 11 real estate, auction marketing and environmental issues text books.

Survivors include his mother, Marcia Battle, of Columbus; a brother, Tim Battle of Murfreesboro, TN; sisters, Teresa (William) Hand of Brownsburg, IN, and Deborah Miller (Sergei Krasilnikov) of Boca Raton, FL; nephews, Paul Hand and Tyler Miller; nieces, Hadley Miller and Ally Miller; and a stepgranddaughter, Taylor Shannon.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Earl Battle, Jr., and his wife, Carolyn Shannon.

The funeral service will be conducted by Dr. Dan Cash at 2 p.m. Friday at Myers-Reed Chapel, 3729 25th St., Columbus. Visitation will be held there from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery following the service.

Memorials may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, the American Heart Association or First Baptist Church of Columbus.

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Thomas E. "Tom" Battle III

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Elaine Sollars

March 4, 2014

I'm going through the broker transition class and Tom is one of the teachers. He will be missed.

Gary Fresen

August 31, 2013

I am very sad to learn that Tom has left us. At IU, he was a coach and friend of the IU Soccer club in 1971 when I arrived as a freshman as well as in 1973, when we began the Varsity Team. The little known secret to Jerry Yeagley's success was to have people like Tom Battle give his support and encouragement to us as young players. Tom was a legend at IU for his skills as a bike rider in the Little 500. He set an example for all of us for his strength and endurance. With Tom watching, why was I tired with a couple of wind sprints, when compared to what Tom accomplished in pushing himself in training and on Big Day on the cinder track? We were so fortunate to learn from him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

April 18, 2013

Marcia, I didn't know your son, but remember how important all your children were to you. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I also lost a son, Lee, when he was 44. We don't expect to outlive our children.

With love, Thelma Triplett

April 14, 2013

Although we had not seen Tom much in recent years, we are shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. He was a dear friend during our college years and after.
John and Joan Diercks

April 11, 2013

Dave and I were saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We knew Tom at IU , through the Sig Ep house and Little 500. He always had a larger than life presence and will be remembered for his dedication to coaching and the many riders and participants whose lives he touched. We are so sorry for your loss and extend our deepest sympathy.
Carey and Dave Criswell
Cincinnati, OH

Michael Laird

April 8, 2013

Tom's passing is a loss to any group or university he was connected with, also the real estate industry, his family and friends. In 1976 I took the RECP salespersons course and in 1998 the broker course. In 2000 the RECP appraisal course. In 2000 I had question and called RECP. I was directed to Tom which led to my working for RECP for 10 years teaching over 600 students. Working with professionals like Tom Battle and Steve Martin was great. I enjoyed going to every class I taught. High quality persons like Tom Battle have my greatest respect. Thank you Tom!

Mark Hansbarger

April 8, 2013

Condolences. I enjoyed real estate education classes with Tom, and really good, sometimes "warm" discussions. He will be missed in our industry. Sincerely, Mark Hansbarger

Gary Thompson

April 7, 2013

I am sorry to hear that Tom passed away. I remember him from the glory days of the Sig Ep house. He was a significant contributer to that.

Gary Thompson

April 7, 2013

My sincere sympathies on the loss of your son, Marcia, and your brother, Tim. Tom was very special to me in many ways when we were both attending Indiana University. He has always had a very special place in my heart. Justice Duncan (Nancy Lou Justice)

April 7, 2013

Tom was an outstanding presenter, and I truly enjoyed his talks in our Real Estate CE classes. Those classes were sometimes boring, but Never with Tom as the speaker. His teaching was fresh and interesting, and we will certainly miss him. Our prayers are with the family.
Leslie Remenschneider (Fort Wayne, IN)