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In memory of Frank Jennings

August 20, 2009

Frank Jennings, a longtime donor and great friend of the Archives, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.

Born in 1917 in Missoula, Montana, Frank W. Jennings spent 40 years in military service–first as a commission information office and later as a civilian employee. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve in 1972 and as a civilian in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force in 1985. After his Air Force civil service retirement in 1985, Jennings continued his writing career by delving into an array of topics, but most predominantly, the history of San Antonio, publishing countless articles in Texas Highways, Senior Sentinel, The San Antonio Conservation Society Journal, and other publications. In 1998 his 400 page overview of the city and its cultural heritage, San Antonio, The Story of an Enchanted Citywas published by the San Antonio Express News. The book represents the first comprehensive survey of the city’s past since 1959 when Charles Ramsdell wrote San Antonio: An Historical and Pictorial Guide.

Jennings’ interest in San Antonio’s history extends to his involvement in the Texas State Historical Association, the San Antonio Historical Association, the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, the San Antonio Conservation Society and other local organizations. He played a central role in having a Texas historical marked erected on Houston Street to commemorate San Pedro Creek as the birthplace of San Antonio.

Thoughts from Rose Rodriguez, Collections Assistant

I’m in the early stages of processing the Frank Jennings collection and I’m excited to this task. When I heard the news that Mr. Jennings had passed away I felt as though I had lost a new friend too soon. I’ve learned so many interesting stories and facts about San Antonio from sorting through Frank’s research material. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed reading his stories and poetry. I am thankful for how Frank has reminded me that friendship, laughter and good health are some of the greatest gifts we have in life. Thanks to Mr. Jennings I have a newfound appreciation for the city of San Antonio.

The Jennings papers are currently in the process of being arranged, but an Inventory of the Frank Jennings Papers is available.

For information regarding the service and funeral, please see the Porting Loring Mortuaries Memorial.

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