In Memoriam

Lathardus Goggins (1930-2009)

Lathardus Goggins, longtime professor of geography and associate dean of the graduate school at the University of Akron, died earlier this month from pancreatic cancer. He was 79 years old.

Dr. Goggins was the first African-American professor at the University of Akron to serve on the faculty for 30 years. He retired in 2005.

Professor Goggins was a native of Alabama. He was a graduate of Central State University and held a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a doctorate from St. John’s University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Akron, he taught at the State University of New York at Plattsburg, Grambling State University, and Florida A&M University.