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Consultant, Entrepreneur, Community Activist, Philanthropist
Shaie-Mei Temple, 52, President of the Crescent Pacific Group (CPG), a strategic consulting firm that has served both Fortune 500 energy companies and local small business owners since 1991. She lived in Algiers Point, and was a resident of New Orleans for twenty years.
Ms. Temple was born and raised in Taiwan, where she resided until the age of sixteen, and completed her education in North Africa and in the United States. She held B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and had over 25 years of experience in electric utility operations and management. She was employed by Entergy, ARCO and Citizens Utilities. Her consulting practice specialized in strategic planning, decision analysis and project management. Further, Ms. Temple worked with Dillard University to develop and conduct management training courses for federal, state and local agencies.
Additionally, she was a founding shareholder of Fertile Crescent Entertainment, Inc., a recording label company for jazz music.
Ms. Temple founded the New Orleans chapter of the Organization of Chinese American Women (OCAW) and served twice as its President. She was a charter member of the Louisiana Asian Women’s Caucus, as well as a former Principal of the Academy of Chinese Studies.
Ms. Temple served on the Grants Committee of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), boards of the United Way, the Southeastern Girl Scout Council, the Metropolitan Area Committee, the Asian Pacific American Society of Louisiana, and the Taiwanese American Association. She also served as the Director for the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce in New Orleans and the Chinese American Association.
Ms. Temple also published the bi-lingual Hua-Fong News between 1991 and 1994. In 1999, she established the Louisiana Asian Heritage Foundation Fund with the GNOF and began promoting the “Lotus Root Book and Video Project.” Most currently, Ms. Temple chaired the board of New Orleans Video Access Center and was on the board of GNOF and the Committee of 21.
Ms. Temple was awarded with being the sole Asian American selected to attend the Leadership Class ’91 sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana as well as being awarded YWCA Role Model in 1994 and Young Leadership Council Role Model in 1996.
Survivors include her mother, Fu Shiaw Gwo Deng of Taipei, Taiwan; and two brothers, James Deng of Silver Spring, Maryland and Joseph Deng of Taipei Taiwan.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the form of checks payable to the Louisiana Asian Heritage Fund (asianbayou.com), in care of The Greater New Orleans Foundation, 1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 100, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
Shaie-Mei Temple, founder of AsianBayou.com, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2002. She died unexpectedly of meningitis a week after coming home from a trip to Taiwan, China.
We hope to keep this website going in her memory.