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Prof. Emeritus James Goff will be remembered Dec. 4

$100,000 Geography endowment

Professor Emerita Betty Goff has created a $100,000 geography endowment to honor her late husband, Geography Professor Emeritus Dr. James F. Goff. The department will remember James Goff with a reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a program at 11:30 a.m.

2007-11-30
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [11/30/2007]

Professor Emerita Betty Goff has created a $100,000 geography endowment to honor her late husband, Geography Professor Emeritus Dr. James F. Goff.

The Geography Department will remember James Goff with a reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a program at 11:30 a.m. in the department offices, lower level of Armstrong Hall. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The endowment, to the Department of Geography, will fund Geography graduate student research fellowships. The late Prof. Goff had no financial support when performing his own graduate research, and his wife felt that funding for the students to whom he devoted his career would be a fitting tribute.

Prof. Goff served on the faculty for 36 years, retiring in 2000. In his classes “Physical Geography,” “Political Geography” and “The Soviet Union” he taught thousands of students, and hundreds more took his graduate seminar, “Geographic Research and Writing.”

He was an expert on the Soviet Union and military geography. He co-authored a Physical Geography Manual, wrote numerous articles and reviews and made many oral presentations. At the time of his death in 2006 he was writing a book on the Russian order of battle in World War II. Prof. Goff was chair of the Geography Department from 1975 to 1981. He was a co-founding member of the Riverbend Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind and served as an advisor on development projects in the Mankato area.

He also was active in several academic organizations, including Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society; the Association of American Geographers; the Blue Earth County Geographical Society; the Armored Fighting Vehicle Group; and the Society for Military History. He married Betty Ann Palmer in Mankato in 1969. For 32 years she was an Art faculty member, retiring in 1999.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Geography Department offers training in a full range of emerging technologies as well as traditional courses in regional geographic understanding. The department includes one of the nation’s finest Geographic Information Science training facilities, where students learn about and analyze complex global and local issues.

Professionals who are trained in geography include a large percentage of the intelligence community; nearly all demographers, meteorologists, transportation and regional planners, flood forecasters and social service professionals; and most pre-service teachers.

Those who have questions about the event may contact Donald Friend in the Department of Geography at (507) 389-2617.

For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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