Political Professor Richard Chesteen Dies at 72

A longtime University of Tennessee at Martin political science professor who ran for Tennessee governor in 1994 has died following a long illness, reports The Jackson Sun.
Richard Chesteen, of Union City, died Tuesday at his home, according to university officials. He was 72.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at White-Ranson Funeral Home in Union City. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. May 12 at Union City’s First Baptist Church.
Chesteen joined the UT Martin faculty in 1969, taught political science until he retired in December 2007 and completed a post-retirement teaching assignment in December 2009. He was named history and political science department chair in 1986 and also served as president of the Tennessee Political Science Association, the Tennessee County Services Association and the UT Martin Faculty Senate. He received a University of Tennessee Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991.
“Dr. Chesteen has a broad-based following of former students, faculty and lifelong friends within the region and beyond,” said Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor. “Richard’s contributions stem from a balance of political knowledge, scholarship and firsthand experience.”

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