Geography @ Berkeley has been the academic home of many prominent and influential geographers for whom the age of their time did not provide a medium for a lasting public memorial. This is not true for the following, all professors of high regard and all who left us before we were ready see them go:
- Allan Pred, 1936–2007
- Allan Pred left an indelible stamp on the Geography Department marked by his devotion to wide-open inquiry, critical thought, and a passion for truth and human freedom.
- Douglas R. Powell, 1920–2006
- Powell is rememberd with the Douglas R. Powell Fund for Field Geography.
- Bernard Q. Nietschmann, 1941–2000
- "If you're interested in cultural diversity, you have to be interested in biological diversity, because nature is the scaffolding of culture—it's why people are the way they are," Nietschmann said in a 1992 Audubon magazine article.
- James J. Parsons, 1915–1997
- Jim and Betty made Geography at Berkeley a home, not just a department.
- David Hooson, 1926–2008
- Professor Hooson's specialty was the former Soviet Union, and he made many forays into the region for research and collaboration with colleagues on the other side of the Iron Curtain; always open-minded, he was the exceptional Soviet specialist who was not a Cold Warrior.