Rest In Peace, Kent Olson
IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART, that we report the passing of Kent N. Olson, USFWS Retired. Kent spent the majority of his life championing wildlife and wild places. Kent was just shy of his 90th birthday. He is survived by his loving wife Doris and her great family.
As a field biologist Kent spent much of his career from 1958 to 1990 helping to preserve prairie wetlands of the Midwest, being introduced to refuge works as a trainee at Crab Orchard NWR and the Mark Twain NWR in Illinois. His later work in the Small Wetlands Program helped create many of the productive waterfowl production areas we see today.
It is however, Kent's other passion, drawing cartoons that teach a conservation ethic, that many people recognize. For over 50 years his prolific illustrations appeared throughout the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, state game and fish publications and local newspapers.
From "Greenbacks to Greenheads" illustrating the contribution to wildlife by hunters, to farming issues and teaching generations of Americans about National Wildlife Refuges featuring a cartoon entitled "A Place to Call Home" his work reminds us that wildlife and wild places are a priceless heritage.
Kent Olson will be remembered in the same light as Ding Darling and Bob Hines as the Service's greatest artists.