2012 Bob Dennie Award Winner-Charles Frank
In 2010, the LOWA Board decided to create the Bob Dennie Lifetime Achievement Award. At that time, Bob was suffering from the final stages of skin cancer and LOWA wanted a way to memorialize Bob’s dedication to LOWA and the love he felt for his fellow members. For this reason Bob was the first recipient of the Bob Dennie Lifetime Achievement award. This award is presented to LOWA members who exemplify the dedication to LOWA which Bob exhibited. Bob Dennie succumbed to cancer in September of 2010, a sad day for his outdoor writer friends and family.
This year the Bob Dennie Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to another beloved LOWA member and legend in the outdoor writing community, Charles Frank. Charles was passionate about traveling the world in pursuit of animals to shoot, fish and photograph. A lifelong New Orleanian, Charles passed away in December of 2011 at the age of 89.
In addition to hunting and fishing, Charles was an accomplished writer and photographer. He was a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association. Charles was an authority on the carving and painting of duck decoys. His work won many awards and he was one of the first three decoy artists to be designated a Louisiana Master Craftsman. Charles had an extension decoy collection and he donated about 1500 decoys to the Bluebonnet Nature Center in Baton Rouge. He also authored six books about outdoor pursuits including three about duck decoys and the people who carve them.
Charles won many awards over the course of his long life and was still winning awards for his writing into his late 80s. He won a LOWA Excellence in Craft award in 2009 for his book, “Anatomy of a Waterfowl.”
To know both Bob and Charles was to love them. They are both sorely missed by their LOWA brethren.
Bob Dennie’s wife Gail presented the Bob Dennie Lifetime Achievement award to Charles Frank’s wife, Jean, and daughter, India a the 2012 LOWA Conference in Chalmette, Louisiana.