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CU's Dressler dies following brief illness

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Born in Lebanon, he was the son of the late Benjamin Dressler and Mary Ruth McDaniel Dressler.

He is survived by his loving wife Brenda M. Dressler; step-daughter Tonya (John) Biter of Murfreesboro; grandson Tristan Biter of Murfreesboro; sister Donna (Jim) Porter of Carthage; and nieces Phyllis (Tim) Mantlo of Hendersonville and Kim Porter of Mt. Juliet.

Dr. Dressler was a 1968 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. He received his Masters from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his Doctorate degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

During his tenure at Cumberland University he had risen from the rank of Instructor to Professor. He taught courses in history, political science and sociology as well as serving in various administrative positions.

When Cumberland made the transition from a two year to a four year institution in 1982, he became Chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Science and served in that capacity through the spring semester in 1998. After teaching extensively in the University’s Working Adult Degree Program he became Director of the program in 1998.

In 2000, he was promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and served in that capacity until 2005.

During this time, he was responsible for Student Services, Admissions, and Facilities Services including the Jeanette Rudy School of Nursing, McFarland Campus, the campus bookstore, food service, housing, and Campus Security.

He then became Vice President of Administration. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Dressler had a jest for living and for giving knowledge about a variety of things. He was passionate about teaching his grandson, Tristan, everything from rock collecting to photography.

He and his wife enjoyed gardening, golfing, and vacationing. Dr. Dressler was truly a renaissance man and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Memorials in memory of Dr. Dressler may be made to Erma Siegel Elementary Science Club, 135 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Woodfin Memorial Chapel, 615-893-5151.

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