OBITUARY

Jean Tarpley

September 15, 1925February 21, 2013

TARPLEY, Jean Morris, 87, died on Thursday, February 21, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Tarpley; and her parents, Robert C. "Cleveland" and Bessie Morris. She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Sue T. Apirian, Elizabeth A. Tarpley, and Amy T. Strong; brother, C. Garland Dempsey; three grandchildren, Brittney and Chloe Strong and Colin Harding; as well as three great-grandchildren. Jean served The T. C. Williams School of Law for 39 years from 1951 until her retirement in 1990. She became the law school's first Director of Admissions in 1972 and was fondly known as "Dean Jean." She was dearly beloved by legions of students and alumni who regarded her as their law school mother. Jean was responsible for opening the door to their future for thousands of young people who aspired to a legal career. The University of Richmond flag will fly at half-staff from Monday, February 25 through Wednesday, February 27 in recognition of Jean's passing. Family will receive friends at the University of Richmond Law School from 2 to 5 Sunday, February 24. A funeral service will be held at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road, 1 p.m. Monday, February 25, followed by burial at Riverview Cemetery, 1401 Randolph Street in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Jean Morris Tarpley Scholarship Fund at the University of Richmond School of Law, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, Va. 23173 or to Camp ACCOVAC, c/o Josie Denius, 4791 Nicely Town Rd., Clifton Forge, Va. 24422.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 25, 2013
REMEMBERING

Jean Tarpley

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Beth Smart, Class of 90

February 27, 2013

Jean was a true giant in the history of UofR Law School. She was a friend to all of her students and the key to the success for most of us. I saw her last year at the Fall Gathering. I thank God that I got to hug her one more time and tell her how much she meant to me. I will miss her tremendously. God bless you all. I know you will feel her loss terribly.

Bill Teveri

February 27, 2013

I add my name to the many, many people who owe their legal careers to Ms. Tarpley. I have thought fondly of her many times over the years.

Mike Rummel

February 26, 2013

I transferred to T.C. Williams the Fall of 1979. She made me feel welcomed. She was a nice person. When I think of UR I think of Jean Tarpley.

Michele Foote

February 26, 2013

Brittney,
We never had the privilege of meeting your grandmother. But I know from Garrett's stories that she was a very special woman and he thought of her as Grandma Jean. We are sorry for your loss and have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Pat Howle

February 26, 2013

I remember her mainly because she would always introduce herself to me at family occassions.

February 25, 2013

Amy...Your mother was an exceptional lady and we loved her very much. We share in your grief but we do rejoice in our hope...glennon and betty balser

February 25, 2013

Amy, my deepest sympathy to you & your family, Jim & Jean took me into their home for a while, and treated me better than anyone could hope. I have such fond memories of you all. Thinking of you with prayers for you and the girls.

Mary Ann Sandridge Johnson

February 25, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Jill Lewis

February 24, 2013

Miss Jean was such a beautiful lady. I only knew her for a short time, but it made a huge impact on me. God bless her and i feel fortunate to have known her.

Jay Squires

February 24, 2013

She was a pistol and the sweetest woman. She took a flyer on me and admitted me under the "Admission by Performance" program. (I majored in beer at William & Mary.) I did great, and I think she was proud. She was fabulous, and a wonderful friend.