Curtis C. Roseman

1941 - 2020

Curtis C. Roseman, professor emeritus of geography at University of Southern California-Dornsife, died on December 13, 2020 at the age of 79. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois; a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale; and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Southern California from 1985 to 2004, serving as Department Chair from 1985 to 1992. He also held appointments at the University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Kansas, University of Auckland, New Zealand, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his academic career, he did research in population geography, human migration, geography of ethnic populations, and the upper Mississippi River. In addition to his membership in the Association of American Geographers, he belonged to the Population Association of America. Among the many honors and awards he received over the years were the USC Community Service Award, the USC Faculty Volunteer Good Neighbor Award, Distinguished Scholar Award from the Ethnic Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of American Geographers, and a 1989 Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Mercer, and their two children Charles and Eric, and his daughter Suzanne, from his first marriage to Joanne Darras.