JENNINGS--John Prentice (Jack) of Mill Neck, NY, and Vinalhaven, ME died May 30 at 81. The son of B. Brewster Jennings, President of Mobil Oil Corp. and Kate Prentice Jennings. Graduated from Fountain Valley School Colorado. Left UVA to join the Marines and fought in Korean War as Master Sergeant. He broke Camp Lejeune sharp shooter record. He worked for Grumman Aerospace as assistant to the President. He was involved in the Apollo program which built the Lunar Module and put Astronauts on the moon. In 1970, he and Nina hosted a celebration for the safe return of the Astronauts of Apollo 13. When the mission went awry the Grumman LM returned them safely to earth; a task for which it was never designed. He founded Hunters Africa, a safari outfit in Botswana. Occasionally he was the safari guide. He served his community in many capacities including, Trustee and Police Commissioner of Mill Neck, on board of North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary, and board member at Glen Cove Hospital. His charm and wit were legendary and he will be deeply missed. Survived by his wife, Cornelia (Nina) Clark Jennings, daughters Debra Gillette, Wendy Hall, Leigh Judson, Edith McElroy, Katharine Cushing, Lee DiPietro, Nini Marceca, son Brewster Jennings and 18 grandchildren. Daughter, Ames Tollefson, predeceased him. His family has planned a celebration of his life at Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley, Thursday, June 9th., 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations to Fountain Valley School, 6155 Fountain Valley School Road. Colorado Springs, CO 80911.
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Published in The New York Times on June 2, 2011