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Word was received of the death on April 17, 1939, in Hollywood, California of Commander Hugh Cowan Denson (retired). He is survived by his wife, Ada Rose Denson. Born in LaFayette, Alabama, May 20, 1872, he entered the Bureau's service January 7, 1895. He received his degree at the University of Alabama in 1891, and took a special course in civil engineering thereafter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Commander Denson served on the TAKU, MCARTHUR, TRANSIT, MARINDUQUE, YUKON, PATTERSON, ROMBLON, and PATHFINDER, from 1900 to 1916; was director of coast surveys at Manila from November 20, 1918, to January 12, 1922; and, in the order named, was inspector in charge of the New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco field stations, retiring February 24, 1925.

He was regarded as a very high-grade officer who could always be depended on to give his highest interest, endeavor, and initiative to his work.


C&GS Bulletin, 4/30/1939


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