Leonard S. Hubbard,
Seattle District Officer, retired on June 1, 1956, from active
duty after 33 years of service in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
He was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut on May 22, 1896, and
received his education at the Barrington High School in Newark,
New Jersey, Freeport High School, Freeport, Long Island, New
York, and was graduated in 1923 from Tufts College in Medford,
Massachusetts with the degree Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Prior to entering Tufts College he served for 1 year with the
105th Machine Gun Battalion, 27th Division, U.S. Army.
Captain Hubbard entered on duty in the Coast and Geodetic Survey
on August 1, 1923, as Deck Officer. His first assignment was
on geodetic surveys. His first tour of sea duty began in March
1925 and more than half of his 33-year career has been spent
in Alaska and Hawaii serving aboard the Ships DISCOVERER, SURVEYOR,
PIONEER, and LESTER JONES, and he served aboard the Ship LYDONIA
operating along the Atlantic coast. He was in command of the
LESTER JONES in 1946 and 1947. During the years 1953 and 1954
he was in command of the Ship HYDROGRAPHER engaged on EPI-controlled
hydrographic surveys in the Gulf of Mexico and along the coast
of Cuba. From December 1947 to June 1950 Captain Hubbard served
as Boston District Officer, following which he reported to the
Washington Office and assumed the duties of Chief, Hydrography
Branch, Coastal Surveys Division, where he continued until March
15, 1953, when he was detached to proceed to Seattle, Washington,
and assume the duties of the Seattle District Officer, his last
assignment to the date of his retirement.
He is the author of a number of papers, "Increasing the Safety
of the World's Shipping," was published in the Department of
State Bulletin, Co. 1, XXVII No. 681, July 14, 1952.
He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Boston
Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers,
American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Institute of Navigation
and Propellor Club. He is also a member of Theta Chi and Tau
Beta Pi, honorary engineering fraternities.
Captain and Mrs. Hubbard reside at 515 North 171st Street, Seattle,
Washington. They have three children, one son, Harold, and two
daughters, Florence and Alice.
May 22, 1896 - March 9, 1985
Captain Leonard S. Hubbard was born May 22, 1896, in Glastonbury,
Connecticut. He attended Tufts College, Medford, Massachusetts,
and graduated in June 1923 with a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Civil Engineering. Following graduation, he was appointed
as Deck Officer and on March 14, 1924, he was commissioned as
His 33-year career included the following ship assignments:
DISCOVERER, SURVEYOR, first as a topographer, later as Watch
Officer and finally as Executive Officer; LYDONIA, PIONEER,
EXPLORER, first as Watch Officer and Gunnery/Communications
Officer and later as Executive Officer, and HYDROGRAPHER as
Commanding Officer. Other assignments included various field
party positions and Chief of Party, Assistant to Officer in
Charge at the Seattle Processing Office, Inspector for the Field
Station in San Francisco, Supervisor for the Northeastern District
in Boston, Chief of the Hydrography Branch, Division of Coastal
Surveys at Headquarters, and at the time of his retirement on
June 1, 1956, as Supervisor to the Northwestern District in
Captain Hubbard was awarded a World War II, Certificate of Service,
stating that he "honorably served as a commissioned officer
of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey on projects for the Department
of the Navy in areas determined by the Department of the Navy
to be of immediate military hazard as contemplated by Section
2 of Public Law 786, 77th Congress, from March 24, 1942 to September
Captain Hubbard is survived by his three children, Harold A.
Hubbard, Florence L. Hodges, and Alice H. Stallings.
THE BUZZARD, 6/22/1956
NOAA CORPS BULLETIN, 5/1/1985