Jennings' rites set; was retired Oxley director
from Tulsa World, 9/19/2004
He helped form the center and was instrumental in preserving Mohawk
Park land. Robert G. "Bob" Jennings, a retired director of Oxley Nature
Center, died Wednesday. He was 64.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday at
Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Arrow.
Jennings was born Oct. 25, 1939, in Muleshoe, Texas, to Velma and
He graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., and
served in the Navy. He later graduated with a master's degree in biology
from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
Jennings went on to direct the Lakeside Nature Center, a part of the
Kansas City, Mo. Parks and Recreation Department. He started an outdoor
education program there.
On Sept. 15, 1977, Jennings became the first director of Oxley Nature
Center, which he helped plan and build. For the next 25 years, he led
in preserving a portion of Mohawk Park, where the nature center is
located. The center is nationally renowned for its interpretive
In addition to his position at Oxley, Jennings also wrote "From the
Stump," a column in the Oxley Nature Center Newsletter. His friends
collected many of his columns and published them in a book with the same
Jennings recently co-authored a Midwest bird guide scheduled for
release in the spring of 2005.
Throughout his career, Jennings received many awards for his
leadership as a naturalist and ecological interpreter.
He retired as director of Oxley Nature Center in 2002.
In 2004, he was named a Fellow of the National Association for
Interpretation, the organization's highest honor.
Among his hobbies were collecting, birdwatching, genealogy, music,
reading and beer-tasting. He had observed 668 birds and tasted 842 beers
in his lifetime. He also enjoyed traveling to historical and
bird-watching sites with his wife.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Lynn "Kelly" Jennings, of the
Friends may make memorial contributions to the National Association
for Interpretation in Fort Collins, Colo., or the Mary K. Oxley Nature