John Brohman was a much beloved professor of Geography, Latin American Studies, Development & Sustainability, and International Studies at SFU. He served as Director of the LAS program from 2001-2004, was well known to many cohorts of LAS students for leading field schools to Nicaragua where he had lived as a young man while doing research for his PhD. He was a key part of the team that developed a curriculum on Community Economic Development in Mexico and Bolivia - successful projects that trained hundreds of people in how to facilitate participatory planning for bottom-up change. His book entitled Popular Development (1996) helped a generation of scholars understand the theory and practice of grassroots participation in development projects. He was an expert in Agrarian Reform and the Agroexport Model in Latin America, and recently had turned to the study of Food Security in Bolivia. He died peacefully on June 9, 2014 surrounded by his family. His time on this earth was cut short too soon, but he lived life to the fullest. His passion for equity, kindness, thoughtful scholarship lives on. His colleagues and students will especially remember him for his entertaining and uplifting stories of his adventures travelling to more than 70 countries around the world.
Bolivia Projects Coordinator, Centre for Sustainable Community Development
PhD Candidate, Geography
Sessional Instructor, Geography and Development & Sustainability
On behalf of the entire DEVS Community