Wood Bache, died at Bristol, R.I., on Thursday
the 7th of November, 1878, in the thirty-ninth year of his age.
Though not related by birth, Henry Wood was adopted in childhood
by Prof. A.D. Bache, late Superintendent of the work now under
my direction, and hence the name of by which the deceased was
known through life. His physical constitution was apparently
sufficient for any active service, but was conjoined with a
temperament peculiarly sensitive to changes, and especially
so to the effect on his system of labor in the field. During
the preceding year he was retained on easy quiet duty, but the
transfer induced no change in the tendency to loss of vitality
in the vascular system, and under that condition he steadily
declined until he died.
By associates who are yet living, Mr. Bache will be remembered
as an amiable and genial friend. In feeling he was strongly
attached to the service, the leading operations of which he
had witnessed in boyhood.
Report of the Superintendent of the United States Coast and
Geodetic Survey 1878. Pp. 10-11