Arthur Temple dies at 86 after heart attack

Arthur Temple, Jr., chairman emeritus of Temple-Inland, the forest products and finance giant based in Texas, died April 12 in a Lufkin, Texas hospital following a heart attack. He was 86, and known nationwide as a builder of business organizations and a major philanthropist.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 15, at First United Methodist Church in Lufkin, with the Rev. Douglas Tucker of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, and Rev. Carol Turner, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Mr. Temple was born April 8, 1920, in Texarkana, Arkansas, the son of Arthur and Katherine Sage Temple. He was the grandson of T.L.L. Temple, founder of Southern Pine Lumber Company, the forerunner of Temple-Inland.

Arthur Temple, Jr., graduated from high school in Texarkana, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. In 1939, he married Mary MacQuiston, and they had two children, Charlotte Ann Temple and Arthur (Buddy) Temple III.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, after which he began his career as a bookkeeper with Southern Pine Lumber Company. In 1948, he became manager of the Diboll, Texas operations. He became executive vice-president, then president and chief executive officer, serving in that position from 1951 through 1973. He became chairman of the board in 1972. The company, by then known as Temple Industries, became a public company traded on the New York stock Exchange. In 1973, Temple Industries merged with Time, Inc., and Mr. Temple was named a group vice president and a member of the board of Time, Inc. He was instrumental in a major restructuring of Time, Inc., resulting in the forest products, paper, packaging, and financial services operations being consolidated into a new public company known as Temple-Inland, with its national headquarters in Diboll, and community of about 8,000 ten miles south of Lufkin.

Mr. Temple was involved in organization Diboll State Bank and PIneland State Bank, and served as a director of several national companies.

He was a past chairman of the National Forest Products Association, a director of the National Association of Manufacturers, chairman and president of Souther Forest Products Association, chairman and president of the Lumbermen's Association of Texas, and a trustee of the American Forest Products Association.

His civic and philanthropic associations and recognitions involved local, regional, and national causes.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Lottie Dean Temple, and an infant great granddaughter, April Sage Grace. Survivors include his wife, Ann Shands Temple; son and daughter-in-law Arthur (Buddy) Temple, III and Ellen Temple of Lufkin; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Becky and Kerry Getter of Bastrop, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.