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Indiana authors and their books 1917-1966.


Douglas Clay Ridgley was born in Wabash County, Ind., on March 18, 1868. He was the son of George Washington and Catherine Yohe Ridgley. He obtained an A.B. degree from Indiana University, 1893; an M.S. degree from the University of Chicago, 1922; and a Ph.D. degree from Clark University, 1925. He married Bessie Cushing on Aug. 26, 1891, and they had one daughter, Winifred. He married his second wife, Florence Johnson, on July 25, 1920.

Ridgley was a teacher in Indiana rural schools, 1884-95, and at West Division High School ( Chicago ), 1895-1900. He was principal of a grammar school in Chicago , 1900-03, and taught at State Normal University, 1903-22. He joined the faculty of Clark University in 1922 where he became professor of geography in education and achieved emeritus status in 1937. He was president of the National Council of Geography Teachers, 1931, and received that organization's Distinguished Service Award, 1935. Ridgley wrote numerous textbooks and study outlines and edited several works in his field. He was associate editor of the JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION and died on Oct. 10, 1952.

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