Temple Ambler officer Bob McQue honored for 50 years of service

Temple Ambler police officer Bob McQue has been honored by the University for his 50 years of service.

According to an article by Temple Now, McQue was stationed on Main Campus until 1979 when he was transferred to Temple’s Ambler campus. He’s been there ever since.

“I had gone in for an interview, and the folks at Temple said they would get back to me,” McQue said. “A little while later I heard from the university. They called me and asked if I’d like to start on Sept. 9. And I’m still here.” 

From the article:

Some of his earliest memories working for Temple involve working the summer music festival that used to be held at Ambler Campus. The annual event attracted large crowds and featured popular acts of the day, like Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Harry Chapin. 

As the decades passed, McQue witnessed firsthand the many changes that Ambler Campus has undergone, none more stark than the aftermath of the tornado that passed through campus on Sept. 1, 2021.  

“Nobody really knew what to do. A lot of the cadets were stuck here on campus, and we helped them get off campus safely,” McQue said. “The roads were closed. It was pretty hectic at the time.”

He was recognized earlier this summer at the 20 Year Club ceremony at the Liacouras Center.

“The most rewarding part of my job is just helping people. This is more of a service-oriented campus up here,” he said. “When people ask why I’ve stuck around so long, I tell them it’s because I enjoy the atmosphere. I enjoy the campus. I enjoy the people here. That’s why I’m still here.”

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Photo courtesy of Ryan S. Brandenberg for Temple Now