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Dr. David Zurick of Eastern Kentucky University delivered the 2006 Hibdon Honorary Lecture in April. A specialist on the ethnic and environmental geography of South Asia, Zurick spoke on Bhutan's unique program of "Gross National Satisfaction."
The event included a remembrance of Howard Hibdon, Professor Emeritus, who passed away in December 2005. His wife, Karen, was presented with a copy of a plaque that will hang next to the Map Resource Room in Wood Hall. Hibdon played a key role in bringing the U.S. Map Depository to University of Central Missouri in the 1970s (now the University of Central Missouri).
The plaque reads: "Teacher, scholar, mentor, friend. Howard F. Hibdon, Professor Emeritus of Geography, 1928-2005. In grateful recognition for his role in bringing a U.S. Map Depository to our university; and in celebration of his legacy of inspiration, good will, and dedication to imparting geographic knowledge to thousands of students during his 37 years in our department." "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Adams