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Geography Loses One of its Own

Dr. James D. Blick, an old colleague and friend of the Department, passed in March this year. He was 89 years old.

Jim was hired into the Geography Department in 1966; he retired in 1985. His Phd was from UCLA. From 1972-1975, he served as Departmental Chair.

Jim published on land-use in the Carpinteria area and on cotton production in the San Joaquin Valley. He was instrumental in setting up a thee Central California Geographical Society, based in Stockton. In 1989 he won a California Geographical Society’s Outstanding Service Award.

While at SDSU Jim taught courses on California, Europe, Latin America and Cultural Geography. He also helped to organize study abroad summer programs in Mexico and Europe. For the latter, students travelled to Italy, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Germany. As director of the summer session in Mexico, Jim led a trip that was based in Mexico City in collaboration with the University of the Americas. He also led field-trips around California, including a renowned one to San Francisco that was held every year for 14 years.

Jim’s was a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed.

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