We deeply regret to announce the death of
Commander Richard B. Derickson
(retired) on December 31, 1942, at his home in Seattle, Washington.
Although Commander Derickson was not know personally to many
in the office, the old-timers will remember that he was Assistant
Chief of the Division of Coastal Surveys (then H & T) from
1915-1920, although most of his service has been on the West
Commander Derickson was born in 1873 at Meadville, Pennsylvania,
and attende d schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee, graduating
from Allegheny College in 1894 with the degree of Civil Engineer.
He entered the Coast Survey in 1896 where his assignment covered
technical and scientific engineering on both Coasts, as well
as in Puerto Rico and Alaska. He was Assistant Chief of H.
& T. from 1915-1920, Inspector of the Seattle Field Station
1921-1926 and Director of Coast Surveys in the Philippines
One of his notable accomplishments was the survey of a steamer
track across the formerly uncharted waters of the Sulu Sea
in the south Pacific Ocean, an assignment which required 2
years of hazardous hydrographic and oceanographic investigations
between 1913 and 1915 and which provided a short route never
At his own request Commander Derickson retired from duty after
30 years service in 1929, and remained on inactive status
until February 1, 1934, when he was returned to active duty
during the National Industrial Recovery period. At the close
of this duty he returned to inactive status on November 1,
Commander Derickson was a member of the American Society of
Civil Engineers, the Sons of the American Revolution, and
the Rainier Club of Seattle, Washington. He is survived by
his widow and two sons, Richard B., Jr., who is a Lieutenant
Commander, U.S.N., and B. Derickson, also in the Navy.
The Buzzard, Vol X, 1/7/1943