senior cartographic engineer in the nautical chart section,
retired from active duty March 31, 1940, after 42 years of service.
Born at Carlisle, Pa., March 19, 1870, the son of an Army officer,
his early career was a roving one, for he received his education
in no less than six different cities, culminating in Oxford,
Ohio, at Miami University. Prior to his appointment in the Coast
and Geodetic Survey, he served for 5 years as draftsman in the
Office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury, making
his total public service close to the half-century mark.
He spent all his years in the Bureau in the
Division Charts, compiling many of the more difficult charts
of our coasts. His discriminating judgment, together with his
thoroughness and accuracy, has made him one of the most valued
cartographers in that work, and the loss of his services will
be felt keenly.
Mr. Maize was an all-round athlete during his
earlier years, and was active in basketball, bicycling, rowing,
and motorboating. He is today in the forefront in bowling and
golf and an active enthusiast of ice skating. He is the recipient
of a gold medal from the Potomac Boat Club for helping win an
eight-oared shell race in Philadelphia against New York and
His associates in the Bureau wish him many
years of enjoyment in his retirement, and the members of the
bowling and golf leagues hope to benefit by his continued activities
in these sports.
C&GS Bulletin, March 31, 1940. P. 10.
The Grand Young Man of the C&GS
One of the “youngest” and most popular men in our
Bureau is Sully B. Maize who celebrated his 75th birthday on
Monday, March 19th, by cutting a cake donated by the “gang.”
Mr. Maize, whose youthful appearance certainly belies his age,
entered our Surve on July 20, 1998, after five years with the
Supervising Architect of the Treasury where he had done a great
deal of the architectural work in designing the old Post Office
Bldg. at 11th & 12th & Penn. His 47 years’ service
as cartographer with the Bureau was only broken for a 2-year
gap, when he retired in 1940 and was called back in 1942 because
of the war emergency.
Mr. Maize early distinguished himself in athletics and when
he came to the Bureau was one of the City’s outstanding
athletes, playing baseball, basketball and bicycling on teams
representing the old Columbia Athletic Club, the club in Washington
in those days. He was also a member of the Potomac Boat Club
and rowed in their 8-oared shell, receiving a gold medal, the
“8” a winner over crews from New York and Philadelphia.
In addition, he also excelled in canoeing and ice-skating, and
we are told that of all the many prizes he won during his career,
the prize he won in canoeing is his most cherished, as it was
in a canoe the he wooed and won Mrs. Maize.
Later he took up bowling and golf and if anyone doubts his ability
in those sports let him look at his records. He has been an
active member of the Bureau’s Bowling League and his average
today of 99, with a high game of 137 during the last series,
makes him a valuable member of the Charts Team. His score of
90 for 18 holes of golf is something many a younger man would
like to have.
The BUZZARD joins with all of Mr. Maize’s many friends
in wishing him the happiest of birthdays and that he continue
his excellent record in all fields he tackles.
“The Buzzard,” Vol. XIII, No. 12, pp. 3-4. March