Word was received Monday afternoon of the death of archery industry pioneer bowmaker Tom Jennings, affectionately known by the moniker “Mr. Compound Bow,” for his decades of innovative bow designs with the Jennings Compound Bow company and subsequent collaborations with other manufacturers.
Jennings, who had been in failing health for several months after suffering a broken hip in 2012, passed away at the home of his stepson, Matt Cavanaugh, in Columbia, Mo. around 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Prior to his recent physical problems, Jennings spent the past decade at his home on the Honduras coast.
Jennings was 88.
A 1999 inductee in the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum, Jennings built his first bow in 1936 at the age of 12. His was the first company licensed under the H. Wilbur Allen patent to manufacture the Jennings Compound Bow. His were the first 2- and 4-wheel compounds commercially produced and marketed.
In keeping with Jennings’ wishes, there will be no services. Friends report his body will be cremated, with a portion of the remains interred beside those of his late wife, and the remainder scattered near his beloved Honduran home.