The man responsible for bringing the Wilds to Muskingum County has passed away following complications from Parkinson’s disease. 86-year-old Robert Teater died Sunday.
Teater helped lead the expansion of Ohio’s parks system in the 1970’s under Republican Governor James Rhodes. He served as the Director of Natural Resources from 1975 to 1983.
He also served as director of the Ohio State University School of Natural Resources from 1969 to 1975.
Teater also 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.
Teater is survived by his wife Dorothy, a former Franklin County Commissioner, four sons and eleven grandchildren.