Death Notice: Robert Lee Jennings
The Chancellor’s Office has received word that Robert Lee Jennings, 85, passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Medical Center in Janesville on July 4.
Robert taught choral music in Michigan at Whitehall Schools, Muskegon High School, and Western Michigan University. Then he taught at University of South Dakota, and finished the last 26 years of his teaching career as professor of music at UW-Whitewater, retiring in 1992.
Highlights of his career at UW-Whitewater were directing and coordinating 19 years of Jul Fest Dinners and Spring Dinner concerts given by the University Repertory Singers. In retirement, Bob founded the Whitewater Singers, a group composed of singers from around the area who raised money for various charities through their dinner concerts. Robert was also an active soloist. He and his wife (a cellist) gave 23 joint recitals at the university.
A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 130 S. Church St. in Whitewater. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Internment will be at the Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater.
Memorials may be made to: UW-Whitewater Foundation Robert Lee Jennings Voice Scholarship; The Congregational United Church of Christ, Whitewater; or the Ruth Taylor Voice Scholarship at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.
The Campus Flag will be lowered to half-staff on Friday, July 12, in his honor.