Title: Geography Professor (Retired)
Company: San Diego State University
Location: San Diego, California, United States
Philip R. Pryde, PhD, a retired geography professor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.
Having accrued more than three decades of valuable expertise in his chosen field, Dr. Pryde contributed much in his position as a professor of geography at San Diego State University. Initially joining the faculty staff in 1969, he remained active in this capacity until his retirement in 2001. During this time, Dr. Pryde taught courses on environmental policy, with a particular focus on water and energy resources, land use planning and environmental impact analysis.
Since retiring, Dr. Pryde has maintained his involvement with a number of nonprofit environmental organizations, including the Anza-Borrego Foundation, which is the primary support group for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Joining the organization’s board of trustees in 2014, he is likewise active as a board director for the San Diego River Park Foundation. Previous board directorships to Dr. Pryde’s credit include his service with the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Park Joint Powers Authority between 1989 and 2008, the San Diego County Water Authority from 1985 to 1991 and the San Diego Audubon Society from 1980 until 2014.
In the latter role, Dr. Pryde rose to become the chairman of the organization from 1980 to 1982. During his affiliation with the society, he was responsible for adding several hundred acres to the Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary, some of which had previously belonged to the Bureau of Land Management. Among other achievements to his credit, he received proclamations commending his work in regional environmental advocacy from the San Diego City Council in 2018, the California State Senate in 2013 and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2000. Furthermore, in 2018, Dr. Pryde was chosen as the National Environmental Hero of the Year by Cox Communications and the Trust for Public Land during an annual competition.
Dr. Pryde’s performance in the field was born of his academic journey, which began at Amherst College, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. Following this accomplishment, he received a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Washington in 1965 and 1969, respectively. Throughout the course of his subsequent career, Dr. Pryde contributed more than 100 book chapters, reviews and professional articles in peer-reviewed journals or books. He also wrote several books, including “Conservation in the Soviet Union” in 1972 and “San Diego: An Introduction to the Region,” whose latest edition was published in 2014. Pertinent to his work regarding the Soviet Union, he is proud to have been invited to be a delegate in the détente exchanges between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in 1978, which resulted from the 1972 US/USSR Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection.
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