John A. Enman

1921 - 2016

John A. Enman, Ph.D., passed away on August 17, 2016, at the age of 94. He was born on September 11, 1921 in Newton,. Mass., the son of the late John A. and Grace (Johnston) Enman. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City and went on to receive his B. A. degree in Geography and Geology from the University of Maine in 1943. Having previously enlisted in the Reserve Army Corps, he was called up for active duty in the Army Air Corps in 1943. As he had been a geography major in college, he was selected to become a cartographer, serving in that capacity in India until the end of World War II.

After returning from the war, John earned an M.A. degree in Geography from Harvard University and went on to teach at Washington and Jefferson University in Washington, Pa. He joined the faculty of what is now Bloomsburg University in 1959, where he was a professor of geography in the Geography and Earth Science Department.

Dr. Enman earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburg in 1962, having completed a study of the historical geography of Western Pennsylvania as the basis of his dissertation. Upon retirement in 1984, he continued his scholarly research. His book, ”Another Time, Another World: Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal, Coke and Communities” was published in 2010.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Betty (Betsy) Buckles, on September 18, 2005.

He is survived by a sister, Elaine Enman, York Beach, Maine, and a cousin, Martin Johnston, Harleysville, Pa., as well as numerous friends and university colleagues.

From the Dean W. Kriner Funeral Home