Around Myers Hollow
Geography professory remembered
Everett H. Bush, professor emeritus of geography, died Jan. 1. He was
Bush joined the Wittenberg faculty in 1947 following a four-year tour
of duty with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, where he served as group
adjutant and attained the rank of captain. Bush also served in the U.S.
Army Reserves, rising to the rank of colonel, and was proud of his service
in France during World War II. A recipient of the Bronze Star for meritorious
service, Bush continued his service in the Army Reserves until his retirement
A graduate of Westfield State College, Bush went on to earn his master’s
degree from Clark (Mass.) University before heading to Springfield. On
campus, Bush, who served as chair of the earth science department for
many years, was known as “Professor Necktie” by his students
for his extensive collection of neckties.
While at Wittenberg, Bush also served faithfully as the university’s
faculty representative to the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) for 17 years,
retiring from the post in 1982. During his time as representative, Bush
was elected president of the OAC. He also served as the conference’s
An avid Tiger fan and admitted sports buff, Bush participated in intramural
softball, volleyball, basketball, handball and bowling, and officiated
at Tiger swimming and track meets on campus. He also regularly attended
Wittenberg basketball and football games.
In 1997, Bush was honored as a 50-year member of the Association of American
Geographers. In addition, he was a member of the Ohio Academy of Science,
a member of the Boy Scouts of America and past president of the Kiwanis
Club of Springfield. In 2002, he was inducted into the Legends of Springfield
His wife of nearly 60 years, Beverly, survives, along with two brothers,
and several nieces and nephews.
Wittenberg Magazine P.O. Box 720 Springfield, Ohio 45501-0720
Phone: (937) 327-6141 Fax: (937) 327-6112