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Everette N. Bannister
LSA Minutes


The University community was shocked and saddened by news of the death of Assistant Professor Everette N. Bannister, a victim of a vehicle crash near Ann Arbor on November 6, 1979. He was 31 years old.

Professor Bannister was born in Washington, D.C., and received a high school diploma from the Academic Sterling School in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. He earned a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970; a Master's degree in geography (1973) and his doctorate in geography (1976) from the same institution. He joined the Department of Geography staff at the University of Michigan in 1975 as an Instructor and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1976.

Professor Bannister was a physical geographer specializing in the study of stream morphology. He had done research on stream basin processes in Michigan and on the Jos Plateau in Nigeria. He was at his best in the field and at the time of the crash that took his life he was on his way to a field site he was using in a course on landform analysis. He was accompanied by a geography graduate student who was also seriously injured in the crash.

Everything that Professor Bannister did was done with great enthusiasm and energy. While in Pittsburgh he volunteered time to community educational and Big Brother programs. The black community especially feels his loss. His career was short and he was just beginning to realize the great expectations he held for himself and which we shared with him.

The Regents, faculty and students of the University grieve at so tragic a loss. We extend deepest sympathies to his wife, Frances, and to his parents, brothers and sister
John D. Nystuen, Chairman