The Norman Transcript


October 15, 2013

Dr. Joan L. (Templar) Smith

NORMAN — Dr. Joan L. Smith (née Templar), 86, former resident of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Norman.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Arkansas City, with the Rev. Stephanie Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Dr. Smith was born Joana Lou Templar in Topeka, Kan., to George Templar and Helen Marie Bishop Templar on May 12, 1927. She grew up in Arkansas City, and while she attended Arkansas City High School, she studied flute in Wichita, Kan., with Churchill Harlan. She married Dr. Jerry Neil Smith on Dec. 26, 1956, in Austin, Texas.

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Colorado, a Bachelor of Music at the University of Kansas, and later completed master’s and doctoral degrees in music theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where she studied under flutist Joseph Mariano and composers Henry Cowell and Bernard Rogers.

She worked as an instructor at Mary Hardin Baylor College, the University of Texas at Austin and California State University at Long Beach. Dr. Smith played flute professionally for several symphony orchestras. She was also a scholarly writer who published several articles detailing music and performance technique in journals such as The Flutist Quarterly. She also wrote creative works of fiction focusing especially on historical events and Templar lore.

Dr. Smith was preceded in death by her father, the former Federal District Judge George Templar; her mother, Helen Templar; and her brother, longtime Arkansas City lawyer Ted Templar.

Dr. Smith’s legacy continues to influence her survivors, husband, Dr. Jerry Neil Smith; daughter, Julie Warren; son, Dr. Blaine Smith; grandchildren Sarah Warren, Isaac Warren, Aaron Smith and Jordan Smith; and nephews Lance Templar and Clayton Templar.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City, Kan.

Online condolences may be made at

Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

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