Magazine article Parks & Recreation

In September, We Lost Two Extraordinary NRPA Leaders: Donald Dale Henkel, 86, Who Passed Away September 14, and Robert F. Toalson, 83, Who Passed Away September 15

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

In September, We Lost Two Extraordinary NRPA Leaders: Donald Dale Henkel, 86, Who Passed Away September 14, and Robert F. Toalson, 83, Who Passed Away September 15

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In September, we lost two extraordinary NRPA leaders: Donald Dale Henkel, 86, who passed away September 14, and Robert F. Toalson, 83, who passed away September 15. Henkel, who retired as NRPA's Director of Professional Services in 1991, was a pioneer in the movement to create a true profession for those working in his field. He was instrumental in setting the standards for accrediting parks and recreation curricula throughout the country and establishing a national certification plan for professionals. Henkel was born in Oak Park, Illinois, graduated from Indiana University in 1951, and served two years in the Air Force before completing his master's degree from George Williams College in 1955 and earning a Ph.D. in recreation administration from the University of Illinois in 1967. He loved photography and helped to produce the book Footprints that tells the history of Palisades Park, Michigan. Toalson, NRPA's 24th president, was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in political science in 1954. Upon graduation, he served three years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and went on to earn his master's degree in park and recreation administration from Indiana University in 1958. …

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