Tingley, a graduate of Indiana Asbury in the class of 1845 who began
his career at his alma mater as tutor in mathematics, held the professorship
of natural science for 30 years, from 1849 to 1879. An energetic
and enterprising teacher, he dabbled in photography and drawing
and campaigned in the classroom and on the lecture platform against
the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin. After 1860 he also
served as vice president of the university. One of his students
Dr. Tingley was a man to be loved and honored; a man of fine
presence, high quality of nature, lofty aspirations, marked dignity
of character and of sweet spirit, a person of singular equipoise
of faculties, with a genius for scientific investigation and inventive
insight, refined in manners, a cultured Christian gentleman, with
a warm heart and a deep and broad soul.
Another student, not long before being killed in battle, wrote of
him in his diary for June 6, 1862: "I went out from his presence,
having found him to be a real honest, sensible, civilized being."
Joseph Tingley, a graduate of Indiana Asbury, was professor
of Natural Science at the university from 1847-79.
In 1879 Tingley was forced to resign his university posts by President
Alexander Martin and the board of trustees
under circumstances that remain very mysterious. The faculty extended
him a vote of appreciation, however, and some years later a room
was named for him in East College,
where his portrait hangs today. After leaving Greencastle, Tingley
served as a professor at various normal schools and as a civil engineer
for the Kansas City Cable Railroad. Both a brother and son graduated
from Old Asbury, and Tingley himself apparently harbored little
or no resentment against the institution.
Upon his death in 1892 his body was brought back to Greencastle
and buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, which he had plotted south of
the city limits in 1855.