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List of Professors

Name Years at Michigansort icon Position

Carl Ortwin Sauer

1915 - 1922
Professor of Geography

Kenneth Charles McMurray

1919 - 1965
Professor of Geography
Chair Department of Geography 1923-1956

Kenneth C. McMurry

1920 - 1965
Professor of Geography
Chair Department of Geography 1923-1956

Darrell Haug Davis

1920 - 1922
Assistant Professor of Geology, Geology

Robert B. Hall

1923 - 1966
Professor of Far Eastern Languages and Literatures, Geography
Director of the Center for Japanese Studies

Preston Everett James

1923 - 1945
Professor of Geography

Stanley D. Dodge

1925
Professor of Geography

Charles Moler Davis

1939 - 1971
Professor of Geography
Chair Department of Geography 1956-1966

Douglas D. Crary

1943 - 1973
Professor of Geography

Ross Norton Pearson

1953 - 1970
Professor of Geography

Lee A. Peter Gosling

1956 - 1994
Professor of Southeast Asian Studies
Professor of Geography
Chair Department of Geography 1966-1968, 1971-1974

John Nystuen

1959 - 2000
Professor of Urban Geography & Planning
Chair Department of Geography 1979-1982

Waldo R. Tobler

1961 - 1977
Professor of Geography

John F. Kolars

1964 - 1994
Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Professor of Geography

Rhoads Murphey

1964 - 1990
Professor of History

Melvin G. Marcus

1964 - 1974
Professor of Geography
Chair Department of Geography 1969-1971

Gunnar P. Olsson

1966 - 1977
Collegiate Professor of Geography

James D. Clarkson

1967
Associate Professor of Geography

Thomas R. Detwyler

1967 - 1978
Associate Professor of Geography

Donald R. Deskins Jr.

1968 - 2002
Professor of Sociology and Urban Geography
Chair Department of Geography 1974-1979

Barnard Q. Nietschmann

1970 - 1977
Associate Professor of Geography

Kathleen M. Brown

1974
Assistant Professor of Geography

Everette N. Bannister

1975 - 1979
Assistant Professor of Geography