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
C&GS BULLETIN, 12/1923