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Don F. Kincannon (Donny Frank) was born to J. W. and Lucille (Andreas) Kincannon on January 17, 1933 in Olustee, OK. In 1945 he went to live with his Uncle and Aunt Harold and Margarite (Purcell) Andreas in Altus, OK. He graduated from Altus High School in 1950 and was the star running back of the football team.
After 2 year of college he joined the U.S. Army and served from 1953 to 1956 at Ft. Bliss and Hanford Washington. He continued his college education at Oklahoma State University where he completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in 1959 and his Masters in Sanitary Engineering in 1960. After a year with the Texas Health Department he started his university tenure at Arlington State College now University of Texas at Arlington, TX. After completing his PhD in Bioenvironmental Engineering he taught one year at the University of Missouri, Rolla, Mo.
Returning to OSU, he was a professor in Civil Engineering and was nationally recognized as an expert in the field of wastewater treatment and water pollution control. As a teacher, he was selected by the OSU Alumni Association and Blue Key as Teacher of the Year in 1970. He completed 21 years retiring as Regents Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering. He and two other professors formed Environmental Engineering Consultants to which he became president and CEO for the next twenty years.
Dr. Kincannon published over 80 publications about water pollution control and had graduate students from all over the world including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the near East, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and the USA. His research established the limits for EPA for hazardous materials which are in use today.
Included among his awards is the George Warren Fuller Award in 1977 from the American Water Works Association for distinguished service in the field of water supply. He was the Chairman of the Southwest Section of AWWA and received the Glen Kellogg Leadership Award in 1983. In 1979, he was given the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award by the Water Pollution Control Federation for extraordinary service in water pollution research. A scholarship in his name is being developed by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments at Oklahoma State University
As president of his consulting firm in Stillwater, he provided services for major food industries including Homel, Austin, Minn. Trivalley Growers, San Francisco, Oberti Olives, Madera, Calif, the chicken industry in Georgia and Virginia. He also served as city engineer for Stillwater, Okmulgee, Woodward and Newcastle in Oklahoma.
In 2004 Dr. Kincannon began compiling family history for a number of families besides his own family. He and his wife, Glee, traveled to a number of cemeteries in various states, documenting the families.
He enjoyed playing golf and was proud of the fact that he was approaching his 60th wedding anniversary on August 25, 2017
He is survived by his wife Glee, son David, daughter Laura, all of Stillwater; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his aunt and uncle.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 in the family home (4606 Fairfield) on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made for the Don F. Kincannon Scholarship by contacting the OSU Foundation
Published on February 8, 2017
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