Robert Woodson Teater

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Teater Robert Woodson Teater (Bob) passed away on July 21, 2013 due to complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was cared for at home until the last few days by his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy Seath Teater. He died at Kobacker House. He was born on February 27, 1 927, in Jessamine County, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents Buford Morton and May Scott Teater, grandson Joseph Perry Teater, sisters Louise Teater Jackson and Edna Teater Fain, and brothers James Stanley Teater and Charles Buford Teater. In addition to his wife Dot, Bob is survived by sons, David (Judy) of Spring Lake, Michigan, James (Nancy MacKimm) of Houston, Texas, Donald (Martha) of Clyde, North Carolina, and Andrew (Phyllis) of Hilliard, Ohio. Survivors also include 11 grandchildren; his sister, Lucy Teater Creech of Melbourne, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. From humble beginnings on a farm near Nicholasville, Kentucky, Bob went on to receive a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky where he was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. He and Dot moved to Columbus in 1953 to attend graduate school. He earned, master's and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University. A member of ROTC at University of Kentucky, he served as second lieutenant in Korea with the Army from 1952-1953 where he earned the Distinguished Service Award, Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. He retired as a major general with the Ohio Army National Guard, and served as a member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board in Washington, D.C. At The Ohio State University Bob was the associate dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the School of Natural Resources from 1969 to 1975. In 1975 Bob was appointed director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by Governor James A. Rhodes where he served until 1983. He was then president of Teater and Associates, a natural resources consulting firm. He was the founder of The Wilds, an animal preserve in Muskingum County, Ohio. In 1991 Bob was elected as a member of the Columbus Board of Education and served three terms including three years as board president. He is a member of the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame, Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame, Ohio National Guard Hall of Fame, League of Ohio Sportsmen Hall of Fame, Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame and was Conservationist of the Year, awarded by the National Wildlife Federation. He was a member of North Broadway United Methodist Church. He truly enjoyed his farm across from Darby Creek Metro Park and he loved hunting and fishing, especially with his sons. Visitation will be held at EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME NORTHWEST CHAPEL at 4661 Kenny Road in Columbus, on Monday, July 29, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Rd. Columbus, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. Chaplain Ken Kirk officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wilds, 1400 International Road, Cumberland, Ohio, 43732, or to the Teater Scholarship (#607142), The Ohio State University Development Fund, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43221.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 23, 2013
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