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In Memoriam — Imre Sutton

Nov. 1, 2012

Imre Sutton, emeritus professor of geography who worked on campus for more than three decades, died of cancer Oct. 25 in his Fullerton home. He was 84.

Born in New York on June 5, 1928, Sutton served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, the Bar Association of the city of New York Law Library, Los Angeles County and the L.A. County Planning District before taking teaching positions at Ohio State University, Appalachian State University and Oregon State University. He joined the faculty at Cal State Fullerton in 1964 and retired in 1995. His research and publications focused on American Indian lands, territoriality, indigenous geography and cartography of Indian affairs.

Sutton taught cultural geography, conservation and ecology, law and environment, water resource planning, geographic writing and research, natural hazards planning and Indian law and land. He was a department chair and a founding member, instructor and director of the environmental studies graduate program. After he retired, he served as a consultant, advising academic and legal scholars, students, public officials and Indian tribes, as well as book and journal editors.

Sutton also was an amateur pianist-improviser/composer, who created more than 100 piano pieces. He authored or co-authored four books, three monographs, 46 book reviews and dozens of articles and book chapters.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris Sutton, and daughter, Heidi Beth Sutton, who has a bachelor's degree in American studies from CSUF.

At his death, Sutton's last book, “Mapping Native America” was under review by the Smithsonian Institution, according to his goddaugher Robin Mills. She said there will be no memorial service, in keeping with Sutton’s wishes, but donations can be made in his name to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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