Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 5

May 2006

In Memoriam: John B. Garver, Jr. 
(1928 – 2005)

Editor’s note: Material for this remembrance is excerpted, with permission, from the Memorial Recollection written by Robert Rhodes, and published in Issue 63 of The Portolan, Journal of the Washington Map Society (Fall, 2005).



Fig 2. John B. Garver, Jr.

John Baltzly Garver, Jr. of Bethesda, Maryland, former president of the Washington Map Society, retired Army officer and former Chief Cartographer and Senior Assistant Editor at the National Geographic Society, and longtime member of the Society for the History of Discoveries, died at age 76 on May 22, 2005. Garver was born on July 11, 1928 in Strasburg, Ohio.

John joined the Army in 1946 and after completing an 18-month Army enlistment entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating with the class of 1952, whereupon he served 30 more years in the Army. While in service, he earned his master’s degree in geography from Syracuse University in 1965 and his doctorate in 1981, also at Syracuse University. 

As a direct result of John’s impressive academic credentials and leadership ability he developed two academic programs at West Point still available to cadets today, albeit modified over time. The first program of instruction was “Issues Confronting Man and His Environment.” The second program, “Military Geography,” was a natural addition to the geography department at the military academy. John led this effort and became responsible for its design and delivery. He retired from the army in 1982 as a colonel and tenured professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

Following retirement from the Army, John became Chief Cartographer and Senior Assistant Editor at the National Geographic Society, where he worked for ten years before retiring the second time. During his

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In Memoriam – Charles A. Hoffman 
(1930 - 2005)

Editor’s note: Much of the material for this remembrance comes from a news article printed in Inside NAU on July 7, 2005. The editor of this publication gave permission to use the photograph of Hoffman.

Fig. 3. Charles A. Hoffman

Charles Hoffman, a Life Member of the Society for the History of Discoveries, died at the age of 75 on July 1, 2005 in Flagstaff, Arizona. An emeritus professor of anthropology at Northern Arizona University (he retired in 1995), Professor Hoffman was highly respected as a scholar of the archaeology of eastern Arizona and the Bahamas. He was most interested in the 1492 Columbus Landfall problem, and was active in the Bahamas in the years leading up to the 1992 Columbus quincentenary.

Hoffman served in the U.S. Navy in Korea, and later in the naval reserve. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Arizona, and spent most of his professional career at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he remained after he retired. He was active in community affairs, which included serving as President of the Main Street Foundation in Flagstaff.

Kathy Cruz-Uribe, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NAU, said that Charles Hoffman “…was the reason I came to NAU.” She recalled that he mentored new faculty and “that students really loved him.”

Charles Hoffman is survived by his wife, Cindy, sons Steven, Gary and Dana, daughter Tami West, six grand-children, and two great-grandchildren.

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