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educator , Travel consultant , writer

Clare Alward Gunn, American travel consultant, writer, retired educator. Recipient Texas Governor award, 1984, Distinguished Alumni award Landscape Architecture Program, Michigan State University, 1999; named member emeritus International Academy for Study of Tourism, 2001.


Gunn, Clare Alward was born on October 28, 1916 in Grandville, Michigan, United States. Son of Fred Melvin and Lila Barton (Alward) Gunn.


Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, 1940; Master of Science in Land and Water Conservation, Michigan State University, 1952; Doctor of Philosophy in Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan, 1965.


Professor department tourism-recreation development, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1945-1966; visiting professor tourism School Travel Industry Management, U. Hawaii, 1966-1967; professor tourism-recreation development, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., College Station, 1967-1974; professor department recreation, park and tourism science, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., College Station, 1975-1985; professor emeritus, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical U., College Station, since 1985. Professor resources recreation Oregon State University, summer 1974. Professor School Landscape Arthitecture, U. Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 1974-1975.

Visiting professor Clemson U., 1989. Consultant state tourism plans New York, 1986, Oklahoma, 1987, Washington, 1988, Delaware, 1990, Illinois, 1993. Consultant analysis tourism potential Whiteman Park, Perth, Australia, 1989.

Consultant South African Tourism Board, 1988, natural resource potential for Tourism in Delaware, 1991. Member taskforce Moorea & Tourism, French Polynesia, 1990, tourism potential Finger Lakes Region, New York, 1989-1991, resort development plan Chun-Cheon Lake Area, Korea, 1991. Tourism plan Newfoundland, Labrador, Canada, 1994.

Prepared Agenda Item 13 World Tourism Conference, The Pilippines, 1980, major destination zone study for Canada, 1982.


  • License landscape architect.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: A Concept for the Design of a Tourism-Recreation Region, 1965, An Annotated Bibliography of Resource Use of the Texas Gulf Coast, 1969, Vacationscape: Designing Tourist Regions, 3d edition, 1997, Chinese edition, 1998, Tourism Planning, 3d edition, 1994, 4th edition, 2002, Western Tourism: Can Paradise Be Reclaimed, 2004, others. Contributor articles to professional journals.


God seeks to transform relationship with and between people. If politics is about how we choose to live together and to treat one another, there is surely a place for discerning the activity of God in politics.


Bible is the source of inspirational stories, gospels, letters, hymns, songs, prayers, and poetry that drives wisdom and creativity of all Christians over time and across the world.


Member George Bush Library. Committee, College Station, 1994. Chair advisory committee Convention and Visitors Bureau of Bryan, College Station, 1992-1993.

Member school board Okemos (Michigan) District, 1958-1964. Fellow American Society Landscape Architects (Special award 1973). Member Travel and Tourism Research Association (board directors, Lifetime Achievement award 2001), Rotary International (chairman district group study exchange committee 1992-1993, chair district exchange committee 1992-1994, Role of Fame award 1990), Gamma Sigma Delta, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Lambda Alpha (Distinguished Member award 1991).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: photography, travel, sketching.


Married; children: Thomas, Bruce, Richard, William.

Fred Melvin Gunn

Lila Barton (Alward) Gunn

William Gunn

Bruce Gunn

Richard Gunn

Thomas Gunn