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1931 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Theodore Bookhout Obituary
Bookhout, Theodore
1931 - 2018
Theodore A Bookhout, Ph.D., age 86, of Worthington, Ohio died Monday, February 26, 2018 at Kobacker House, Columbus, Ohio due to pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in June 11, 1931 in Salem, IL, son of Clyde and Mary Squibb Bookhout. They preceded him in death, as did his older brother, Harold. Survivors include Jean, his wife of 65 years, son Paul (Christy) Bookhout of Worthington, OH, and daughter Jill Bookhout of Westerville, OH. Ted attended Southern Illinois University, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and where he met Norma Jean Smith of Fairfield, IL. They were married September 5, 1952, shortly after he received his B.A. degree (botany). A month after receiving his M.S. degree (zoology) in August 1954, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his military time as a biologist, Fort Detrick, Maryland. He entered the University of Michigan to begin Ph.D. work and earned his degree (wildlife management) in 1963. After a brief appointment at the University of Maryland's Natural Resources Institute, he accepted employment with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Department of Interior, as a wildlife research biologist and Leader of the Ohio Cooperative Wildlife (later Fish and Wildlife) Research Unit at Ohio State University, where he was Professor of Zoology and of Natural Resources until his retirement in 1996. Research work by him and his graduate students centered on wetlands, waterfowl, and endangered species. Ted was a 64+ year member of The Wildlife Society (TWS – a private organization), which he served as President, and as editor of The Journal of Wildlife Management. He also edited Research and Management Techniques for Wildlife Habitat and Research Reports for TWS. He was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi (professional organizations). Ted was a 50 year member of the Worthington Presbyterian Church, was a Deacon, and served as an usher for 48 years. After retirement, Ted became a school crossing guard for the Worthington schools (employed by the Worthington Police Department) and spent 13 years at the Worthington Estates Elementary School, and 4 years at Wilson Hills Elementary School. He enjoyed meeting and talking with the parents and their children, and knew most by name. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, especially with a fly rod for trout, using flies he tied. He enjoyed listening to big band music, especially Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw. Ted requested no public funeral services. The family will hold a private memorial service at the Worthington Presbyterian Church Columbarium. Memorial contributions in Ted's memory may be sent to The Wildlife Society, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-2144. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL. Visit www.schoedinger.com to send online condolences to the family.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2018
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