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University community remembers geographer Robert Nunley

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas community is remembering Robert Nunley, professor emeritus of geography, who died Dec. 24, 2016. He was 85.

“Professor Nunley’s contributions to our university as a teacher and researcher spanned 40 years, and we are saddened to hear of his death,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “On behalf of the entire university, I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Nunley was part of the Department of Geography from 1962 to 2002. His professional affiliations included Phi Beta Kappa, the Association of American Geographers, National Council for Geographic Education, Latin American Studies Association, American Association of University Professors and more.

“Bob was always engaged in keeping up to date with the latest advances in applying computers and other digital technology to geography,” said Stephen Egbert, professor of geography. “He was well-known as an early adopter and innovator in the field, and he kept abreast of the latest developments up through the time of his retirement.”

A musical celebration of life for Nunley is planned for April 16 in McLouth.


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