Dr. Orland Maxfield, emeritus professor of geography, University of Arkansas, died 14 May 2003. In 1945, he graduated from George Peabody College for Teachers, and he later earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the Ohio State University. He joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas in 1946 and retired in 1990. He established the geography department in 1948 and chaired the department for many years. He helped establish many interdisciplinary programs and chaired the Western Civilization unit for many years. His professional interests were varied but he was devoted to the conservation of natural resources. In the early 1970s, he chaired Governor Dale Bumpers' Committee on Land Use Policy for Arkansas.
Orland belonged to many professional organizations. He was devoted to Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), and he was a 50-year plus member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). In 2002, he received the Distinguished Mentor Award from NCGE. He served as the International Executive Secretary of GTU from 1972 to 1992, President from 1993-94, and Historian and Archivist to the present.
Memorials may be made to Gamma Theta Upsilon (the Educational Fund) by contacting Dr. Virgil Holder, Executive Secretary, Gamma Theta Upsilon, Department of Geography, University of WILa Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601.
Orland Maxfield (Necrology). 2003. AAG Newsletter 38 (8): 21