John Ball's Obituary

Bert Skellie bertskellie at
Sat Jan 1 12:35:18 JEST 2000

Dear Friends,

Many of you will remember John Ball, Sandy Mershon's husband & member of
Atlanta Meeting.  He died suddenly from an infection on December 25.



BALL John Miller Ball passed away at the age of 76 on December 25, 1999,
while visiting his daughter in Portland, Oregon. He was a resident of
Decatur, Georgia and retired professor of geography at Georgia State
Dr. Ball graduated from high school in Cedar Springs, Michigan in 1941 and
served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1943 to 1946. Following the war he
married Audrey Mae Scott. He later completed his BA Degree at Central
Michigan University and took high school teaching positions in Gladwin,
Michigan, Decatur, Illinois, and Bellflower, California. He earned an M.A.
Degree from the University of Michigan and a M.S. Degree from the University
of Chicago. He joined the faculty at his alma mater Central Michigan
University, in 1957. In 1961 he completed his Ph.D. Degree in geography at
Michigan State University and became chairman of the Geography Department at
Slippery Rock State University, where he remained until 1965. He then taught
at the University of Georgia, and in 1970 he accepted a Professorship at
Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia from which he retired in 1985
with the rank of Professor Emeritus. During his college teaching career, his
principal interests were migration and urbanization in Latin America
(especially Mexico) and the teaching of geography. In these two fields he
published several books, numerous articles, and was president of the
National Council of Geographic Education in 1973. He received outside
funding for summer institutes for teachers and for doctoral programs at the
University of Georgia, as well as a National Science Foundation grant to
support his research in Mexico.
In 1978, Dr. Ball married Sandra C. Mershon, who preceded him in death, a
son, John S. Ball in Jacksonville, Florida; a son, James S. Ball, in
Danville, Illinois, and a daughter, Judith S. Kendall in Portland, Oregon,
survive him. In addition there are six grandchildren, and in Michigan, his
aunt, Dorothy Baker, his sister in-law, Phyllis Ball, and three nephews and
a niece. The family has made private memorial arrangements and donations may
be made in his name to the Jeanette Rankin Foundation, P.O. Box 6653,
Athens, Georgia 30604. Wages & Sons, Stone Mountain. 770-469-9811

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