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Dr. Alice T.M. Rechlin Perkins:
Dr. Perkins served GTU in many capacities, spanning from 1973 through 1988. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in 1965 and her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1970. She joined the faculty at Valparaiso in 1965 and was on the faculty there until 1986, during which time she also served as Chair of the Geography Department.
Dr. Perkins joined National Geographic Society in 1986, where she directed geographic research and supervised cartographic activities. In 1994, she became the first woman to hold the title of “Geographer” at the National Geographic Society. Although she officially retired from the National Geographic Society in 1997, Dr. Perkins continued to serve on the Society’s Research Committee.
During her career, Dr. Perkins served the Association of American Geographers, the American Geographical Society and the National Council for Geographic Education in leadership positions. She became 2nd Vice President of GTU in 1973, moving through to President in 1977-1978. She remained on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President and returned as Historian from 1985 through 1986. Among her accomplishments with GTU, Dr. Rechlin was instrumental in development of the Visiting Geographical Scientists Program. Dr. Perkins died in 2002 at the age of 70.
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