SFS Mourns Loss of Professor Harm de Blij

deblijThe School of Foreign Service is saddened to report that former SFS professor Harm de Blij died on March 25, 2014. Our condolences are extended to his family and friends.

An acclaimed geographer, De Blij was a faculty member at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and taught human and physical geography in the early 1990s.

“Harm de Blij and his colleague, Charlie Pirtle, designed the first ‘Map of the Modern World’ course that became a pillar of the BSFS and a memorable experience for generations of Georgetown undergraduates,” said SFS Acting Dean Jim Reardon-Anderson.

Erin Fouberg F’92, now a professor at Northern State University, said of Dr. de Blij, “I was Harm’s student in both human and physical geography. Harm was a gifted storyteller who drew students into his lectures and taught us to make connections across time and space so we could appreciate the context of global and local change.”

In addition to his long academic career, de Blij spent time working on broadcast media as a geography editor for seven years for ABC’s Good Morning America, and as a geography analyst for NBC News. De Blij wrote over 30 books and 100 articles, including his most recent book Why Geography Matters (2012). De Blij received The George J. Miller Award, the National Council for Geographic Education’s highest honor, in 2006.