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Dr. Robert Guy Buzzard:

Dr. Buzzard, the founder of Gamma Theta Upsilon, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago in 1916 and 1917, respectively. He served in World War I, after which he undertook his PhD at Clark University, completing it in 1925. He accepted a position at Illinois State Normal University in 1923 and taught there until 1933, at which time he became President of Eastern Illinois State Teachers College (now Eastern Illinois University).

While at Illinois State Normal University, Dr. Buzzard founded GTU, on May 15, 1928, as a “national professional fraternity in Geography,” fulfilling what he saw as a need for such a national professional organization for geography students. Dr. Buzzard served as Secretary/Treasurer until 1933 and later as President (1946-1948).

Following his retirement from Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in 1956, Dr. Buzzard taught at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1957-1959) and at Arizona State University in Tempe (1959-1961).  Dr. Buzzard received several honors, including the first GTU Distinguished Service Award in 1972 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1976. He died in 1979 in California at the age of 88.

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