Author of "Woodlands, Waterways, and Mother Nature," Robert L. “Bob” Ballantyne was born in Philadelphia and educated in the public schools of the city, graduating in 1957. He then entered West Chester University (at that time a state teacher’s college) earning a degree in secondary education with a major in biology and a minor in physical science.Upon earning his undergraduate degree he entered military service as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps, completing 18 months of flight training leading to designation as a naval aviator and helicopter pilot. Thereafter he served on active duty with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
In 1964 he left active duty to join the faculty of Boyertown Area High School where he taught biology and human physiology. He also earned a degree of Master of Education in Natural Science from the University of Delaware as well as 32 additional graduate credits at other institutions. He was also a member of the adjunct faculty at Reading Area Community College for seven years, teaching several different science courses, primarily in the environmental science area.During his teaching years he had a parallel career in the Marine Corps Reserve filling several aviation positions as well as command and staff positions, retiring as a colonel with 27 years of total service.
He has been a freelance outdoor writer for over thirty years penning columns and features for several newspapers including the Reading Eagle and the Pottstown Mercury. In addition he has written features for such publications as the Pennsylvania Game News, Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Magazine and Pennsylvania Outdoor Times. He also presents slide shows to sportsmen’s groups and conservation organizations on fishing in Yellowstone National Park and in the Florida Keys.
He resides in Gilbertsville with his wife Nancy and their three dogs, two standard poodles that are trained animal assisted therapy dogs and a beagle who is Bob’s partner afield.Start Date: 10/22/2013 6:00 pm