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Lieutenant Commander Isaac Winston, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (retired), died at his residence in New York City, after a long illness, on December 7, 1923, in the 71st year of his age. Mr. Winston was born near Tuscumbia, Alabama, September 7, 1853. He was educated in private schools from 1864 to 1870, and at the Virginia Military Institute from 1870 to 1873, and graduated in that institution in the latter year. After leaving college he was for 2 years a member of the Engineer Corps on the Muscle Shoals Canal construction work. He was appointed in the Coast and Geodetic Survey as a recorder July 18, 1878, was made an aid July 10, 1879, a subassistant July 1, 1884, and assistant February 5, 1891. On July 1, 1917, this designation was changed to hydrographic and geodetic engineer with relative rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. He was placed on the retired list May 18, 1920, having passed the retirement age of 64 years. He was recalled to duty April 10, 1922, and again retired on account of failing health January 16, 1923. During his long career in the survey he was employed in various parts of the country in astronomical work, reconnaissance, triangulation, magnetic work, and precise leveling. For 7 years he acted as editor of the publications of the survey. His active duty was in charge of the field station of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in New York.

Mr. Winston was a man of great energy and activity, deeply interested in his profession, and displaying always a high sense of duty and loyalty to the service. He was a man of strict integrity in all the relations of life, of a naturally kind and sympathetic disposition, devoted to his family ad friends, always ready to render assistance in time of sorrow or affliction. His many warm friends mourn his loss.

Mr. Winston was married September 19, 1882, to Anna Maria Otis by whom he had one son, both of whom survive him.

Mr. Winston was a delegate from the United States to the International Geodetic Association 13th conference in 1900, member of the American Association for Advancement of Science, Philosophical Society, Washington Society of Engineers, and of the Cosmos Club.


C&GS BULLETIN, 12/1923

 



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