Timothy Doran Kerlee, Jr ‘03

tKerlee2 Timothy Doran Kerlee, Jr

Bartlett, Tennessee


Mechanical Engineering major

Member of Squadron 16


I’ll never forget Tim’s bright face and enthuiasm when I first met him at fish camp.

His excitement to be an Aggie inspired our entire camp.

“Help my buddies first.” . . . uttered Tim as he lay on the fallen stack. He then directed rescue workers to five others whom he could see before allowing them to free him.

Eagle Scout Tim Kerlee was posthumously granted Boy Scout’s highest award, the MEDAL OF MERIT, for his heroic actions.

There is no grander sight in all the world than that of a person fired with a great purpose, dominated by the love of Christ. That was Tim.

He left us that legacy. Seize the day! Make your life extraordinary!

He was always willing to help anyone.

Whether he was teaching someone how to swing dance, tutoring someone in calculus, or organizing a campus clean-up, he’d always do it with a smile and never a complaint. He was a joy to be around and could make friends with anyone he met.

I’ll never forget his encouragement, his fun-loving attitude, and the courage he displayed throughout his life.

Tim was never afraid to be himself.

He provided me with an example of how to live.


Timothy Kerlee Jr Portal Memorial (PDF)