deeply regret to report that Capt. William
E. Parker died on September 30 at Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., after a long illness.
Capt. Parker was born at Newton, Mass., and
received the degree of B.S. in Civil Engineering at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in 1899. He entered the service on February
18, 1901. During his many years in the Bureau he served aboard
the Ships PATTERSON, HYDROGRAPHER, BACHE, and FATHOMER. He did
duty in Puerto Rico, Panama, Philippines and Alaska as well
as in the United States. From 1919 to 1931 he was Chief of the
Division of H. & T. (now Coastal Surveys) and was in command
of the HYDROGRAPHER until he retired from active service on
October 31, 1934.
Capt. Parker is survived by his wife and one
daughter who are now living in Florida.
Capt. Parker will be remembered by many of
the old timers in the Bureau, as of course by the commissioned
force. He was a rather quiet man with a pipe constantly in his
mouth, a deep sense of humor and a fine chief to work for. The
author best remembers him when he caused a near riot in the
old building at 119-D St., by setting the wastebasket on fire
when acting as Director. It seems some of the extinguishers
weren’t working and the rug received a severe baptism.
We extend our sincere condolences to Mrs. Parker
“The Buzzard,” Vol. IX, October 8, 1942. P. 4.