Max O. Witherbee,
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, retired January 1, 1940, died
January 26, 1979.
Lieutenant Witherbee, from Denver, Colorado, received his degree
in Civil Engineering from Colorado Agriculture College in 1916.
He joined the Coast and Geodetic Survey as a Deck Officer in
1916. His 23-year career in the Coast and Geodetic Survey included
duty aboard 13 vessels, serving four tours of duty on one of
them and two tours of duty on two of them. During World War
I Lieutenant Witherbee was transferred to the U.S. Army and
saw service in France with an Anti-Aircraft Artillery Unit.
He was granted a Chief Mate's license, any tonnage, oceans,
in 1928 from the Department of Commerce's Steam Boat Inspection
His career included various field party assignments which took
him to many sections of the United States, and the Philippine
Islands. He participated in various fathometer experiments and
early fathometer surveys. He was serving in the Washington Office
at the time of his retirement.
NOAA CORPS BULLETIN, 3/1/1979