George Franklin McCleary, Jr.

Title: Cartographer, Educator

Company: University of Kansas

Location: Lawrence, Kansas, United States

George Franklin McCleary, Jr., Emeritus Professor of the University of Kansas, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Cartography.

Dr. McCleary is recognized as an emeritus professor with the department of geography and atmospheric science at the University of Kansas. He was granted the title after teaching as an associate professor of the university from 1974 to 2013, at the culmination of 47 years in the study of cartography. Dr. McCleary served to the rank of lieutenant from 1959 to 1961 with the U.S. Naval Reserve, and contributed to the U.S. Antarctic Projects Office.

Born to George Franklin, Sr., and Wilma Timmer McCleary, in Springfield, Ohio, Dr. McCleary studied with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to earn a PhD in 1969. During his student days, he married Marilyn Baldwin McCleary, and had Joseph Franklin, John Baldwin, and George Franklin III. Dr. McCleary taught with Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts through 1974. That year, he traveled back to the heartland to join the University of Kansas, where he continued to nurture generations of cartography students until he was honored with the title of professor emeritus in 2013.

As a valued member of American exploration, Dr. McCleary was selected for inclusion in the pages of Who’s Who in America for the 65th, 68th, 69th, and 70th editions, covering a period from 2010 to 2016. He was also selected to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. McCleary is known for his dissertation of the dasymetric method in thematic cartography.

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