Paul Leon Jennings

Paul Leon Jennings

Farmersburg, Sullivan County, Indiana, USA
Death 5 Mar 2010 (aged 99)
Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Private Burial
Memorial ID 49375373 · View Source
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Paul Leon Jennings, 99, of Evansville, passed away Friday, March 5, 2010, at Deaconess Hospice Care Center. He was born November 8, 1910, in Farmersburg, Indiana.

He was an educator with 42 years of public school experience in Indiana, with 26½ of those years in the Evansville Vanderburgh County School Corporation. He graduated from Farmersburg HS in 1928, where he was president of his senior class. He studied mechanical engineering for two years at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville, TN, before graduating in 1933 from Indiana State Teachers College, now Indiana State University, with a Bachelors degree in Education. In 1945 he received a Masters degree in Education from Indiana State University.

Mr. Jennings began his teaching career in Farmersburg in 1933 before coming to Evansville in 1939 to teach industrial arts at Howard Roosa School. He was transferred to Benjamin Bosse High School in 1945, where he taught math and industrial arts until 1952 when he was appointed Principal at Wheeler Elementary School. He was Principal at Wheeler for four years before being named Assistant Principal and Dean of Boys at Bosse in 1956. After becoming principal at Bosse in 1961, he remained in that position for 14 years until his retirement in 1975.

Professionally Mr. Jennings served as President of the Evansville Teachers Association, two terms as First Vice President of the Indiana Classroom Teachers Association, and was Salary Committee Chairman for the Evansville Teachers Association. In 1967-68 he was President of the Southern Indiana Athletic Association and became the first President of the Association of Educational Administrators-Evansville in 1971. He was a member of the National Education Association, Indiana State Teachers Association, Indiana Classroom Teachers Association, the American Association of School Administrators, Evansville Retired Teachers Association and Phi Delta Kappa.

Paul was a member of the board of directors for the Downtown Optimist Club, a member of Reed Masonic Lodge 316, Evansville Past Masters' Club, Hadi Shrine and Evansville Kennel Club. He also served as a Democratic Precinct Committeeman.

He was married to the former Virginia Moreland from 1938 until her death in 1994. He married Lois Rust in 1995, and she survives.

Mr. Jennings enjoyed gardening, fishing, sporting events, traveling and golfing. He received his first hole-in-one in 1998 at the age of 88!

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Stephen Edward Jennings.

Paul is survived by two daughters, Connie Jennings Ayers of New Albany, IN, and Kathleen Jennings Pate of Annapolis, MD; sister, Joyce Jennings Shewmaker of Bradenton, FL; grandfather of five, Jeff Ayers of Evansville, Chris Ayers of Conway, SC, Matt Ayers of Louisville, KY, Amy Hyatt of Charleston, SC and Ashley Brosey of Mt. Pleasant, SC; great-grandfather of seven; four nephews, Don Jennings of Terre Haute, IN, David Shewmaker of Flower Mound, TX, Terry Shewmaker of Elkhart, IN, and Scott Shewmaker of Aurora, CO.

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  • Added: 7 Mar 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Leon Jennings (8 Nov 1910–5 Mar 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49375373, ; Maintained by Hal Bloss (contributor 46549933) Unknown, who reports a Private Burial.