Doug Eyre, Professor Emeritus of Geography at UNC passed away yesterday morning (April 28, 2014), surrounded by family. Professor Eyre retired in 2001 after 44 years of teaching and service at UNC. He was the first chair of the geography department, in 1962. He came to Carolina in 1957 after earning three degrees from the University of Michigan and teaching at the University of Washington for six years. He will be missed by many. Biographical Sketch Link.