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Henry A. Rothamel, Journeyman Negative Engraver in the Chart Division, retires this June 30th. Of his 30 years of Government service, almost 29 have been with the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Born in Baltimore, Md., on June 28, 1895, he attended the Baltimore public schools and the Maryland Institute. He served with the U.S. Army in France during World War I in Company “C” 601st Engineers.

Returning to Baltimore, he resumed his career as a lithographic artist, serving with a number of commercial firms until 1925. His training and experience in artistic lithography enabled him to render invaluable assistance to the Bureau during a long period of continually expanding requirements for chart and map reproduction, which reached an all-time high during World War II. At that time he was commended by the Department for the donation of over a gallon of blood, although his own health was not good.

Mr. Rothamel’s service was characterized by loyalty and quiet, unassuming efficiency. He is a man of many hobbies, among them fishing and oil painting. Those of us who know him will remember him for his eagerness to do a good turn for a friend.

In: “The Buzzard,” June 29, 1954.

Publication of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library.

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