Monday, July 22, 2013

Passing of former ODNR Director Bob Teater

I wanted you to be aware that former ODNR Director Bob Teater passed away July 21, 2013.  He served as director from 1975 – 1983.

Bob was a dedicated natural resource professional serving both as director of the OSU School of Natural Resources and director of ODNR.   During his administration, he advanced water resources and soil and water conservation and was instrumental in transferring Ohio’s soil and water conservation program from OSU Extension to ODNR.  Also during his tenure at ODNR, he oversaw the expansion of state parks including the opening of Mohican and Deer Creek State Park lodges.

Following his ODNR leadership role, Bob was the driving force to create the Wilds, a 9,000-acre endangered species breeding sanctuary in reclaimed strip mined land near Zanesville.

Bob was a distinguished military leader, holding the highest civilian rank of Major General in the Ohio National Guard following military service in Korea.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his wife, Dorothy and their family.

James Zehringer
Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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