Former ERAU President, Served In Vietnam
Aero-News was saddened
to learn this week of the passing of Major General Kenneth L.
Tallman, who served as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's
second full-time president from 1985 to 1991. He died Monday, at
the age of 80.
During his time at Embry-Riddle, Tallman -- who was referred to
as "The General," despite having retired from the Air Force several
years before -- brought athletics to the university, introduced
scholarships and expanded the university's course offerings to
include engineering, physics and computer science.
The General's commanding presence, and attention to detail, also
earned the respect of the teaching staff at ERAU.
"I remember his first talk to faculty and staff," said ERAU
historian Robert Rockett, who was also dean of students during
Tallman's tenure. "He talked about the most important asset to a
university is its people."
Before Embry Riddle, General Tallman served in Vietnam as
General William Westmoreland's executive assistant. He later became
deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel for the Air Force
-- tasked with the unenviable duty of writing the families of
servicemembers who died in the war -- and earned the rank of
lieutenant general in 1975.
Later, as superintendent of the US Air Force Academy, Tallman
oversaw the first women cadets. The Daytona Beach News Journal says
Tallman retired at the age of 66, and settled with his wife, Jeanne
(Dee) Phillips Tallman, in her hometown of Tallahassee, FL.
Tallman is survived by two daughters, one son... and the
thousands of lives he touched throughout his long and varied
carrier. ANN salutes you, sir.