Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune

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Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune
Portrait of Shannon McCune in 1962
Shannon McCune in 1962
Born (1913-04-06)April 6, 1913
Sonchon, Korea
Died January 4, 1993(1993-01-04) (aged 79)
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Fields Geography, Korean studies
Institutions Ohio State University (Faculty)
Colgate University (Chairman of the geography department)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Provost)
Alma mater College of Wooster (B.A.)
Syracuse University (M.A.)
Clark University (Ph.D. in geography)

Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune (April 6, 1913 – January 4, 1993) was an American geographer and brother of George M. McCune. He was born in Sonchon, in what is now North Korea as the son of Presbyterian missionaries. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster in 1935 [1] and a master's degree from Syracuse University. After receiving his Ph.D. in geography from Clark University in 1939 he taught at Ohio State University.

He was the chairman of the geography department at Colgate University from 1947 to 1955, and the provost of the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1955 to 1961. He then left academia and the United States to serve as the first civilian civil administrator of the Ryukyu Islands from 1962-64. He became the president of the University of Vermont in 1965, but resigned one year later for a research trip to Asia. In 1969 until his retirement in 1979 he was a professor of geography at the University of Florida in Gainesville.[2][3]



  1. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Award". College of Wooster. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Shavit, David (November 1990). The United States in Asia: a historical dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 320. ISBN 978-0-313-26788-8. 
  3. ^ Howe, Martin (1993-01-08). "Shannon McCune, 79, Educator, Geographer and Asia Expert, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2010.