William W. Dent
died in this city on January 27, 1924, at the age of 71. Mr. Dent,
a native of Frederick, Md., was connected with the Signal Corps
and Weather Bureau from 1880 to 1896. In addition to several shorter
assignments, he was stationed at Washington from 1881 to 1884,
Erie until 1886, Marquette until 1891, Parkersburg until 1894,
and Indianapolis until 1896.
William C. Deveraux,
senior meteorologist, official in charge of the Cincinnati station,
died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati on July 6, 1941.
He was born in Pinckney, Minn., on December 3, 1873. He entered
the Weather Bureau service at Atlanta as observer on May 26,
1900, and subsequently served at Havana, Cuba; Louisville, Atlantic
City, Syracuse, Ithaca, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati. He had been
in charge at the latter station since his arrival there on April
commendatory services at Ithaca in preparation of a course of
instruction in meteorology and climatology for use at Cornell
University; also, in connection with studies on "Relation of
Deforestation to Precipitation and Run-off in Wisconsin."
30 years' service at Cincinnati, Mr. Deveraux was recognized
as an outstanding forecaster of floods along the Ohio River
and tributaries and performed as such especially valuable service
to the public in 1913 and 1937.
with responsive charm of personality and efficiency, he has
always inspired confidence in the Weather Bureau and has gained
the goodwill of the public served; so, there has come to a close
a long career of conscientious devotion to the public service.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, August 1941]
Luther M. Dey
was retired December 19, 1925, having served continuously for
more than 51 years. He was born on December 20, 1851, in Mercer
County, N.J. Mr. Dey enlisted in Signal Corps on November 20,
1874, was in charge at Cleveland in 1877, at Mobile until 1879,
at Omaha until 1881, at Pikes Peak until 1882, at Louisville
until 1884, at Philadelphia from 1885 to 1901, and at Rochester
Luther M. Dey, who was retired in December, 1925, after a period
of more than 51 years of service in the Weather Bureau, died
June 19, 1932, at Rochester, N.Y. A notice of retirement and
outline of service may be found in TOPICS AND PERSONNEL for
Bureau Topics and Personnel, December 1925]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, June 1932]
Harvey B. Dick,
official in charge, Pueblo, Colo., since March 15, 1921, was retired
at the termination of April 30, 1935. He was born near Denton,
Md., on April 9, 1866. Mr. Dick enlisted in the Signal Corps on
March 18,1886. After the usual period of instruction at Fort Myer,
he served as assistant or official in charge, respectively, at
the Central Office, Woods Hole (Mass.), Cape Henry, Hatteras,
Micco (Fla.), Vicksburg, Memphis, New Orleans, Vineyard Haven
(Mass.), Kalispell, Spokane, and Pueblo. Subsequent to action
for his retirement, information has been received that Mr. Dick
died May 2, 1935, after a prolonged illness.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, April
E. Dickinson, observer at the
Washington National Airport, was retired at the termination of
April 25, 1946, on account of disability. He was born in Holyoke,
Mass., on August 23, 1898. Mr. Dickinson entered the Weather Bureau
on June 1, 1936, at Macon, Ga., as a junior observer. He was assigned
to the Central Office as a scientific aid on March 22, 1939. He
later served as an observer at Hartford, Conn., Alpena, Mich.,
Topeka, Kans., and Albany, N.Y., respectively, finally returning
to Washington, D.C., National Airport, under date of June 1, 1944,
where he remained until his retirement.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1946, p.71]
Lee A. Denson,
official in charge of the Raleigh station, was retired at the
termination of May 31, 1939, after more than 50 years' service.
He was born in Pittsboro, N. C., on May 29, 1869. Mr. Denson entered
the service as a clerk on April 9, 1888, at Washington, D. C.,
and was subsequently assistant at Savannah and Albany, and official
in charge at Meridian and Raleigh. Prior to July 1, 1891, at which
time the duties of the Signal Corps were transferred to the Weather
Bureau, Mr. Denson served in that organization.
recent report from the official in charge of the Weather Bureau
Office at Raleigh, N. C. outlines the value of Weather Bureau
warnings in the recent flash floods in the Raleigh district.
Informed of the shortage of staff to handle the emergency, Mr.
Lee A. Denson, retired, who until recently was official in charge
of the Raleigh office, gladly gave his services for consultation
and additional assistance to the office force. Mr. Denson's
long experience in that locality made his assistance extremely
valuable, and as a result of the accurate forecasts of river
stages many lives were saved and much damage to movable property
avoided. The present official in charge at Raleigh speaks very
highly of Mr. Denson's services in this emergency. Although
the law prevents employment of retired personnel as emergency
assistants and no remuneration can therefore be given, the Weather
Bureau takes much pleasure in expressing its appreciation to
Mr. Denson for his unselfish service. His action is in keeping
with the best traditions of the Weather Bureau.
Mr. Lee A. Denson, who was retired at the termination of May
31, 1939, died in Rex Hospital, Raleigh, N.C., on October 27,
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1939]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel,