On October 31, Luke A. Cole of the Division of Tides and Currents
retired from this Bureau after serving faithfully for 43 years.
Mr. Cole was born in Bristol, W. Va., on March 24, 1873. The
early years of his life were spent on a farm. He attended the
public schools in Wood County, W. Va., and in 1893 graduated
in accountancy from the Mountain State Business College, Parkersburg,
W. Va. His subsequent education included 3 years at George Washington
University where he studied languages and mathematics.
Luke entered the Coast Survey as a Writer on Sept. 20, 1902.
In the years that followed he held various other jobs, principally
in the Division of Tides and Currents and in March 1925 was
made Chief of the Section of Datum Planes of that division,
a position he held at the time of his retirement.
Mr. Cole was married and is the father of a daughter and 2 sons,
one of whom is Lt. Howard S. Cole of this Bureau. He has long
been an Elder at the Eckington Presbyterian Church, is a member
of the Philosophical Society of Washington, American Geophysical
Union, National Geographic Society, a Masonic Fraternity and
the Anchor Club. He at one time was a member of the National
Luke’s first love was bass fishing. Just mention the word
“fishing” and you have a customer in Luke. He was
also active until recently in other sports including golf and
bowling and could give a good accounting of himself in these
sports to the dismay of some of the “young” competitors.
Mr. Cole made many friends in and out of the Bureau. His pleasant
smile and manner were contagiously transmitted to all he met
and worked with….
“The Buzzard,” Vol. XIII, No. 46, p. 6. November