Bob began his professional pursuits in February of 1959 as a District Fisheries Biologist in southeast Kansas, stationed at Pittsburg State University where he also coordinated graduate student research on mined land’s strip pits and their aquatic communities, later adding the duties of Southeast Regional Fisheries Supervisor. In 1971 Bob and family moved to Pratt, KS, location of the agency’s headquarters, to become Assistant to the Chief of Fisheries. In the mid 1980s Bob was assigned to assemble a team of fisheries researchers – the Investigation and Development Section. By the time he retired the I & D Section had broadened to include all wildlife involving both sport and commercially harvested as well as commercial-produced wildlife.
Bob still maintains a deep interest in fish and all wildlife, native plants, the integrity of natural systems and particularly birds, insects and fungi. His hobbies are woodworking with used, recycled and feral materials, ‘light’ photography, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and gardening. He also enjoys entertaining visitors, friends and family in the pursuits of nature’s diversity and bounty.
Bob and wife Joyce moved to Arkansas on Halloween 1998 after having visited their 45 acres and cabin at the Rock’n’Pine Glades in Choctaw almost monthly since they acquired the property in early 1996. Bob (more formally known as Robert F.) had retired from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in May of 1994 following 36 years of service to the Department. Bob and Joyce became a formal team in September of 1956 after several years of courtship and the summer of 1956 at Yellowstone National Park where he was a Seasonal NPS Protective Ranger and Joyce a Ham’s Store soda-jerk and barmaid, both assigned to the Old Faithful Area.
Bliss followed, even through a senior year remained for Bob to complete his BS degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture. Joyce had already acquired her undergraduate degree in Recreation at St Louis’ Washington University and taught a year at Bob’s High School, Maryland Heights, a western suburb of St Louis County. Soon they were a family of five, with three daughters, Robin, Holly and Tabitha.
Robin L. Hartmann operates her own environmental consulting firm out of Roseburg, OR home; she is deeply committed and involved in the environmental issues of Oregon. Robin is an officer of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and serves on the Governor’s Council For Oregon Shores. Dr. Holly C. Hartmann is a research hydrologist on the staff of Arizona State University, Tucson but lives in Eugene, Oregon. She commutes to the rest of the world dealing with climate change issues related to the future of water. Tabitha K. Hymer is a graduate of UCA, is a music teacher at several Waco, Texas area grade schools; she also teaches Spanish at an area community college and provides private piano and violin lessens out of her home in Hewitt, Texas. She is a recent new grandmother and is totally consumed by the challenge to maintain all of her grandmotherly responsibilities.