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Mr. Herbert E. Kichline, meteorologist at the Raleigh station, retired voluntarily at the termination of November 30, 1945. He was born on April 16, 1879 at Easton, Pa., and entered the Weather Bureau on May 1, 1906, as assistant observer at Nashville. He later served as assistant at Ithaca, Philadelphia, and Cheyenne. In March 1916 he was transferred to Raleigh as assistant, and was placed in charge there on June 1, 1939. In August 1945, ill health necessitated his assignment as first assistant.

Mr. Herbert E. Kichline, who was retired at the termination of November 30, 1945, died in raleigh on December 20, 1945. A notice of his retirement and outline of his service in the Bureau is given in this issue of Topics and Personnel.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, February 1946, p. 15]




Arthur H. Kiefer - Information has been received that Mr. Arthur H. Kiefer was killed in France in the offensive against the Germans on July 16, 1918. Mr. Kiefer was the first employee of the Weather Bureau reported killed in action. He was appointed a Printer on May 5, 1913, and served continuously at Columbus, Ohio, until December 27, 1917, when he was furloughed on account of enlistment in the United States Army. -- July 1918



Miss Isabell C. Kiernan, clerk at the Central Office, was voluntarily retired at the termination of September 30, 1943. She was born in Washington, D.C., on August 24, 1883. Miss kiernan came to the Weather Bureau as a clerk on March 27, 1922. Prior to her service in the Weather Bureau she was employed in Government Printing Office and the Gureau of Engraving and Printing.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, February 1944]




Dr. Herbert Harvey Kimball was born in Hopkinton, N.H., on Feb. 13, 1862, and died at Manassas, Va., on July 15, 1944. He received the degrees of B.S. and L.L.d. from the University of New Hampshire and M.S. and Ph.D. from George Washington University.

He married Gertrude Cowling of Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4, 1891, and had three children, Mrs. Dorothy Lingenfelter, Herbert Cowling Kimball and Donald Butler Kimball.

He entered weather service through the Signal Corps in 1884 and soon was transferred to the U.S. Weather Bureau. In 1908 he initiated investigations of solar radiation and was largely instrumental in bringing this branch of meteorology to its present status. Following his retirement from the Weather Bureau in 1932, Dr. Kimball became Research Associate with the Harvard University at Blue Hill Observatory, Milton, Mass. As Chairman of the International Commission on Solar Radiation, Dr. Kimball outlined much of the solar research activities carried on by the member countries. He contributed more than 100 major articles bearing on solar radiation and allied subjects.
Dr. Herbert H. Kimball, who retired at the termination of June 30, 1932, died at Manassas, Va., on July 15, 1944. A notice of his retirement and outline of his service in the Bureau will be found in TOPICS and PERSONNEL for June 1932.

(BULLETIN, May 1945, pp. 188-191, for a bibliography.-- I. F. Hand)
[Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 26, June, 1945. P. 239.]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, September 1944]





Dr. James H. Kimball died at New York, N.Y., on December 21, 1943. He was born in Detroit, Mich., on February 12, 1874, and entered the Weather Bureau on September 1, 1895, at Lansing, Mich. He served at a number of Weather Bureau stations including Arlington, Va.; Dubuque, Iowa; Little Rock, Ark.; Roseau, Dominica, West Indies; Washington, D.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Modena, Utah; Milwaukee, Wis.; Richmond, Va.; and New York, N.Y. Receiving his B.S. degree from Michigan State College in 1912, he continued his education while at Richmond, Va., where he received the degree of M.A., from Richmond College in 1914, and later, while at New York, the degree of Ph. D., from N.Y.U. in 1926. His alma mater conferred the honorary degree of Sc. D., on him in 1934. It is interesting to note that he was 38 years of age when he received his bachelor's degree, 40 when he obtained his master's degree, and 52 when the doctor's degree was awarded him.

He was a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences; and a member of the National Institute of Social Sciences. In recognition of his noteworthy service to aviation and more particularly in connection with pioneer flights across the Atlantic he was awarded the gold plaque of the Ligue Internationale des Aviateurs; the scroll and medal of honor with gold medal of New York City; the officers' cross of the Order Polonia Restituta; and was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, and Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy. He was instructor for flying units in 1917-18, and faculty lecturer on aeronautical meteorology at N.Y.U., from 1936 to 1941. Of quiet and unassuming disposition "Jimmy" as he was known familiarly by his friends, gained the respect and confidence of the aeronautical world by his profound knowledge of ocean flying acquired through study and experience in the furnishing of weather information for most of the pioneer trans-Atlantic flights. He will be remembered as a man of sterling character, high ideals and loyalty to his science, his friends and the Bureau.

On April 21, 1944, at the Wainwright shipyard, Panama City, Fla., the S.S. James H. Kimball was launched with appropriate ceremonies. Weather Bureau personnel will wish for her a record no less enviable than the one achieved by the man whose name she so proudly bears.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January 1944]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1944]


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