OBITUARIES HERBERT JOHN FLEURE 1877 -1969 The death of Professor Fleure at the age of ninety-two deprived the Powysland Club of one of its best friends and Wales of one of its greatest benefactors. H. J. Fleure came to Aberystwyth as a young student, because (as he once told me) it was at that time the least expensive university college to enter. After a brilliant academic career he became a Fellow of the University of Wales in 1902 and held the fellowship for two years during which he carried out research in the University of Zurich. He returned to Aberystwyth and in 1910 became Professor of Zoology there and Lecturer also in Geography. In 1917 he was appointed to be the University's first Professor of Geography and Anthropology, a post which he held until 1930 when he became Professor of Geography in the University of Manchester, a post which he held until his retirement in 1944. During 1944-45 he was Visiting Professor in Bowdoin College, Maine, and Visiting Professor in Egypt in 1949-50. Honours were showered upon him: he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1936 for his distinction as a zoologist and anthropologist. Bowdoin College awarded him an honorary Sc.D., and the Universities of Edinburgh and Wales their LL.D. He was the holder of the Research and Gold Medals of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Charles P. Daly Medal of the American Geographical Society, the Huxley Medal of the Royal Anthropological In- stitute (of which he was President in 1944-5), the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and was Commander of the Order of Leopold, Belgium. He had been President of Section H (Anthropology) (1926) and Section E (Geography) (1932) of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and of several other bodies including the Cambrian Archaeological Association (1924). I came to know Dr. Fleure in 1918 when I entered his department as a student from Machynlleth Intermediate School. I am grateful that for over fifty years I had the privilege of his friendship. His standing in the world of geographical studies was quite unique and his contribution to those studies beyond measure. Under him, the School of Geography and Anthropology at Aberystwyth attained world-wide renown. The title 'Geography and Anthro- pology' was of his choosing and it was with a sense of sadness (if not of betrayal) that some of us, his old students, learned some years ago that 'Geography and Anthropology' had been abandoned for 'Geography'. The recent creation of