Robert Henderson Fuson, aged seventy-seven, died October 22, 2004. He was a scholar of Columbus and the age of exploration.
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Fuson grew up in New Bern, North Carolina.
He served in both the army and navy during World War II. During the Korean War, he held a commission in the air force reserve. Following his military service, he was an intelligence analyst in Washington, DC.
Fuson received his BA degree from Indiana University, an MA degree in geography from Florida State University and his PhD in geography and anthropology from Louisiana State University. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He was a charter faculty member of the University of South Florida and served for many years as chairman of the geography department, retiring as professor emeritus of geography. He is the author of numerous books, including the textbook Fundamental Place Name Geography, now in its ninth printing. His other books include The Log of Christopher Columbus that won worldwide acclaim and was awarded the Montroll Special Award from the New York Academy of Science and Book of the Year from the Library Journal. His latest books were Legendary Islands of the Ocean Sea, and Ponce de Leon and the Spanish Discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida.
Robert Fuson (Necrology). 2004. AAG Newsletter 39(11): 20