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Reginald Golledge died on May 29, 2009

Reginald Golledge

It is with great sadness we report that Reginald Golledge passed away on 29th May. He was a Professor in the Geography Department in the University of California of Santa Barbara. Aged 71, he was planning to retire within the next month or so. Reg was well known throughout the international Regional Science community. He was a wonderful friend to many of us. The RSAI sends our sympathies to his family and friends.


Reg Golledge was born in Australia in 1937, where he grew up in the bush and studied for his BA (Hons) and his MA at the University of New England, where he became a Tutor in the department of Geography. After a few years lecturing in the geography Department at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, in the mid 1960s he went to the US where he studied for his doctorate at the University of Iowa. He spent many years in the Department of Geography at Ohio State University before moving to the University of California Santa Barbara in the late 1970s where he spent the rest of his career.
Golledge became a truly outstanding scholar in Geography and Regional Science, keeping up a steam of high quality research publications continuously right up until the time of his death. He was one of the major contributors to the development of the field of analytical behavioural geography and was internationally recognised for his pioneering work in spatial cognition and more recently in the geography of disability. His publications include many contributions in the fields of spatial analysis and transportation. Many of his publications were collaborative efforts with fellow geographers and regional scientists from many parts of the world. He was a great collaborator, an inspiring teacher and a tireless servant to his professional associations, being a past president of the Association of American Geographers. Reg played a leading role in the development of the Geography Department at USCB as one of the intellectual powerhouses in analytical geography.
In recent years Golledge’s scholarship had been recognised by the award of a number of honorary doctorates and awards for outstanding achievements from professional associations. He was a member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences. In 2009 Golledge was elected as a Fellow of RSAI and was to receive his Fellowship award at the San Francisco meeting of NARSC in November.
For many years Reg had suffered a series of debilitating health problems, but he seemed to always bounce back from them, and he seemed even more academically productive. Unfortunately in the last few years those health problems became more acute and diverse, and finally he passed away at home on the night of 29 May.
Reg is survived by his wife Allison, and their two children, Bryan and Brittany, and by two children, Stephany and Linda, from a previous marriage. His sister and two surviving brothers live in Australia.

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