WAGNER, Robert "Bob" Owen, Sr. 76, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Wheeling Hospital.
He was born August 15, 1935 at Evansville, Ind., a son of the late Blount Rafford Wagner and Dorothy Osborn Wagner.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ira Blount Wagner and Richard Frank Wagner.
After studying at Purdue University, Bob enjoyed a long and prestigious career in the zoo business. He began his career as a zoo keeper at Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Ind. in 1955, later becoming Head Keeper and then Assistant Director. Bob then became the Director at Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City, IN. and the Director at Jackson Zoological Park in Jackson, Miss.
In 1975, Bob was chosen as Executive Director of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. He remained in this position until 1992 when he became the Chief Administrative Officer, a position he held until his retirement in 1996. One of the many highlights of Bob's career came in 1994 when he was honored with the R. Marlin Perkins Award for Professional Excellence.
Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years Marilyn Clark Wagner; a son Robert O. Wagner, Jr. and his wife Cherie of Centreville, Va.; two daughters Lori Wagner Jackson of St. Clairsville, Ohio and Marilyn C. "Marty" Wagner of Suwanee, Ga.; four grandchildren Megan Wagner, Todd Jackson, Scott Jackson and Cody Jackson; one sister Norma Ruth Wagner Clark of St. Petersburg, Fla; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation; services at the convenience of the family. Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory St. Clairsville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert O. Wagner Scholarship Fund c/o Association of Zoos and Aquariums 8403 Colesville Road Suite 710 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3314.
Online condolences may be offered at www.altmeyer.com.