Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich (1906-1987) was head of the Dept. of Geography from 1945 to 1959. Diettrich, a native of Hungary, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Budapest and his Ph.D. from Clark University. He joined the University of Florida's faculty in 1931 as an Instructor of Economic Geography in the College of Commerce and Journalism. He served as a special consultant to the O.S.S. and as an assistant to the chief of the Division of Geography and Cartography of the Department of State during World War II. Diettrich was forced to resign his faculty position in 1959 after being called before the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee (i.e., the Johns Committee) He died in May, 1987.
From the guide to the Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich Papers, 1933-1959, (Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida)
Sigismond de Rudesheim Diettrich was head of the Dept. of Geography at the University of Florida from 1945 to 1959. A native of Hungary, he was educated at the University of Budapest. He received his doctorate from Clark University and joined the faculty at Florida in 1931. Diettrich was terminated in 1959 after allegations of homosexual activity were made by the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee.
From the description of Papers, 1933-1959. (University of Florida). WorldCat record id: 40471581