Dr. Donald Homer Kellogg April 26, 1936 - March 2, 2017 © Criswell Funeral Home Submitted by: Sandy Bain
Memorial services for Dr. Donald Homer Kellogg of Ada, Oklahoma are 2 pm Saturday, March 11 at East Central University Chickasaw Business Conference Center 830 E. Main Street, Ada. Dr. Ray Quiett will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, March 10 from 6 – 8 pm at the family residence, 2100 E. 21st, Ada. Friends and family are also welcome at his home following the funeral.
Dr. Kellogg, better known as Daddy and Pappy was age 80 when he passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Ada Mercy Hospital. He was surrounded by his children, grandchildren and wife singing his favorite gospel hymns, praying and reading from the Bible. His death like his life was richly blessed.
Don was born April 26, 1936 at Valentine, Oklahoma in Creek County to Eugene Woodrow and Oleta Muriel Taylor Kellogg. He was raised in the small, country town of Welty, Oklahoma. His childhood with his three siblings, mother and father created many cherished memories. He was an avid life-long outdoorsman with remarkable skills at fishing, hunting, hiking and living with the land. His intelligence, irreverent sense of humor and keen wit flavored the stories Pappy loved to tell and the lifestyle he loved to sing about as he played guitar. His three short stories “A Young Boy in Welty”, “A Trip to the Big City” and “Welty Christmas” will be shared at the memorial.
Don graduated Bristow High School in 1954. He served with the US Navy from 1954-1958. He completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education at Central State College and his PhD in physics and science education from The University of Oklahoma. He has also completed graduate and post-graduate work at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Oklahoma City University, Trinity University, Texas A&M University and Oakridge Affiliated Universities.
He married Patsy Jane Dunn of Harrisburg, Arkansas in 1955. The couple had three children during their 23-year marriage. In 1979 he married Jane Strother Burris of Tulsa, OK.
In 1965, after spending four years in the Navy and three years teaching physics, general physical science and education at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City, Dr. Kellogg joined the faculty at East Central State College. He was “Mr. Science” to Oklahoma’s teachers. The relationships that he built with teachers began in classrooms where he exposed his students to the latest technology and classroom teaching methods. But more than that, he built personal relationships that kept those students coming back to his workshops where he provided additional creative methods for teaching science.
While at ECU, he procured a number of grants from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Energy, Oklahoma Department of Education, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Noble Foundation. He served as host of the 1999 convention of the National Environmental Education Association at ECU, was a member of the ECU Faculty Council from 1988-1990 and also served as a faculty advisor for Phi Kappa Tau fraternity from 1965-1971. Dr. Kellogg was on the International Science and Engineering Fair board of directors for four years and was named Oklahoma Conservation Educator of the Year in 1977. He founded the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair and the Oklahoma Conservation Education Leadership Training Program.
Retiring from ECU in 1990, Kellogg went on to be the director of the Center of Excellence for Science and Mathematics Education for the University of Tennessee at Martin for six years. He served as science and mathematics advisor to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for several years and has authored or co-authored numerous guides and articles on science and mathematics education and co-authored the first “Microcomputer Guide for Teachers”. He has presented at countless state, regional and national conventions and has served as a consultant to McGraw Hill, Rand McNally and MacDonald and Company. He was Vice President of Kellogg Consulting, LLC from 1996-1998. Dr. Kellogg was a recipient of ECU’s Distinguished Former Faculty in 2012.
Don had five children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Jane, of the home; his daughters Donna Ashelford and her husband Jason Andrade of Wollongong, Australia and their two daughters Kate and husband Andy Leyden and their children Temperance and Verity and Rebecca Ashelford of Brisbane, Australia. His daughter Cindy Kellogg-Cason and the late Robert William Cason III of Norman, Oklahoma have four children, Andrew, Daniel, Jonathan and Sarah. His son Gene Kellogg and wife Jennifer Logsdon of Ada have two children Zachary and Elise. He had two stepchildren, Jay Burris and wife Kathy and grandson Stephen of Houston, Texas and Debi and Mike Sovereign of Ada, Oklahoma and their children Jessica and Tommy. He has one brother Rev. Kent Kellogg and wife Lyndall of Ft. Gibson; and two sisters, Carolyn Williams of Tulsa and Connie Green and husband Jack of Owasso.
Honorary bearers will be Jim Herndon, Dr. Ed Allensworth, Margaret Barton, Lana Wyche, Dr. OJ Collins, Dr. Larry McKinney, Dr. Ted Mills and Dr. Bud Osborne.
Those who wish to make contributions may do so to the Don and Jane Kellogg Science and Mathematics Teaching Scholarship, c/o East Central State University, PO Box Y-8, Ada, OK 74821.
Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
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