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Mr. Frank Gehring,
Chief, Nautical Lith Section I, Reproduction Branch, Chart Division, Retired July 31, 1955, after more than 30 years service in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Mr. Gehring was born on October 7, 1888, in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his education in the elementary schools of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute School of Art in Baltimore. Prior to entering government service, Mr. Gehring was associated with the commercial firm of A. Hoen and Company, Baltimore, Md., where he was employed as a Lithographic Draftsman, Lithographic Pen Artist and Stone Engraver.

He entered on duty in the Coast and Geodetic Survey on March 20, 1917, as a lithographic draftsman and served until September 30, 1920, when he resigned to return to commercial industry. On November 9, 1928, Mr. Gehring reentered on duty with the Coast and Geodetic Survey as an Engineer (Lithographic Draftsman.) He was promoted to Artistic Lithographic Supervisor on November 30, 1942, and has served in the capacity of Chief, Nautical Lith Section I since that date.

Mr. Gehring has demonstrated exceptional ability in promoting varying processes and techniques developed during his thirty years of service with the Bureau. He assisted the Branch greatly in its transition from plate printing to lithographic reproduction. This transition enabled the Bureau to meet the great increase in the demand for nautical charts during World War I.

Mr. Gehring has shown his patriotic interest in his country’s welfare by offering his services during time of need. His record constitutes a fine example of constructive work during a long career.

In: “The Buzzard,” August 11, 1955. P. 6.



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