Individual Author Record
Born and raised in Missouri, I earned the B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) and M.A. in Geography from the University of Missouri. I moved to Illinois in 1967 to work on a PhD in Geography at The University of Chicago, a degree that I received in 1974. From 1970 to 2015 I was a professor in the Department of Geography-Geology at Illinois State University, and chaired the department from 1978 to 1988. Since 1971, I have lived in Normal, Illinois, and currently hold emeritus status at Illinois State. I served more than 25 years total in the Missouri Army National Guard, Illinois Army National Guard, and United States Army Reserve.
Biographical and Professional Information
My research for many years focused on political and historical geographic topics affecting Illinois and the Midwest, topics like farmer movement, county formation, township government, and Indian boundaries. In recent years I have been working on more national topics, such as naming of offspring rivers (like the Ohio) and those sections of states that we refer to as upstate, downstate, and outstate.
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