BLOOMSBURG – A $700,000 gift from the estate of John Enman, Ph.D., professor emeritus of geography at Bloomsburg University will further support students, faculty and programs in the Department of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences (EGGS).

Enman died in August 2016 at the age of 94, following a lifelong career devoted to his passion for geographical sciences, according to a university press release. Prior to joining the faculty at Bloomsburg University, Enman served as a cartographer in India as a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II.

According to Dr. Brian Johnson, a fellow retiree and Dr. Sandra Kehoe-Forutan both of the EGGS department, the direction of the gift stemmed from Enman’s sense of connection with his fellow faculty and students.

“Our department has always felt like a family,” says Kehoe-Forutan. “From the day I arrived here in 1992, John mentored me and treated me as an equal. It was important to him to build that sense of community to make all the faculty, staff and students feel like they belonged here.”

With the gift, the department has bolstered student support through equipment upgrades, and provided funding to sponsor several trips for students that allow them to gain valuable field experiences.