Born at Newburgh, Md., on October 13, 1861; enlisted in the Signal
Corps on December 16, 1885, at Washington, D. C.; assigned to
Fort Myer for instruction from March, 1886, to July, 1886, when
he returned to the Central Office for a short period prior to
his assignment to Vicksburg as assistant in July, 1886. He later
served as official in charge at Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, and
Columbia, Mo., being in charge of the latter station from July,
1904, until the time of his retirement. Retired at the termination
of June 30, 1932.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, June
Reichelderfer, now Chief of the U.S.
Weather Bureau, entered Aerological (meteorological) work in the
Navy in 1918. From 1922 to 1928, as Aerological Officer in the
Bureau of Aeronautics, he directed the Navy's aerological services.
In this capacity he initiated, and for several years directed,
the program that has led to the present widespread and highly
efficient Navy aerological service. At the same time he actuated
the inauguration of courses in meteorology in the United States
Naval Academy and several Universities and exerted great influence
on their development; he also insistently urged that improved
meteorological instruments be made available, and actively aided
in developing them.
In 1931 the
Navy sent him to Norway to study the Norwegian Methods fo air
mass and frontal weather analysis. His report on his study,
issued early in 1932, led to the early adoption of the "Norwegian
System" by the Navy; and was also influential in the rapid increase
of interest in that subject in America, and in its later adoption
by the Weather Bureau and other American meteorological services.
-- J. B. Anderson, Commdr., U.S.N.
of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 26, June, 1945.
Marcus A. Rice, junior meteorologist at
the Reno station, died at his home on January 19, 1940. He was
born in Pawnee City, Nebr., on July 13, 1887. Mr. Rice entered
the Weather Bureau service on November 5, 1908, at Washington,
D. C., as assistant observer, and later served as assistant at
Portland, Oreg., San Francisco, and Reno. His service at the latter
station began on September 16, 1924.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January
George M. Richards, Junior Administrative
Officer in charge of the Fiscal Section, was voluntarily retired
at the termination of December 31, 1944. He was born at Washington,
D.C., on December 28, 1884, and entered the Weather Bureau at
Cincinnati on September 27, 1906 as assistant observer. He later
served for two years at Chicago and transferred to Central Office
on March 1, 1909, with assignment to the forecast map room. In
1916 he was assigned to the Stations and Accounts Division as
payroll and audit clerk, and in April 1924 he was made chief of
that division, the designation of which was later changed to Fiscal
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, January
Charles H. Richardson died at Norfolk,
Va., on September 28, 1932. He was born December 5, 1872, at Washington,
D. C. He entered the Signal Corps on March 20, 1888, at Washington,
D. C., where he served as messenger and later as clerk. He also
served as assistant at a number of stations, including Philadelphia,
St. Louis, Memphis, Boston, Norfolk, Cape Henry, and Raleigh,
and in 1902, while assigned to Manteo, he assisted in investigations
in wireless telegraphy. He held the position of official in charge
at Kingston, Jamaica; Santiago, Cuba; and Norfolk, Va., serving
at the latter station in that capacity from October 16,1926, until
the time of his death.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, September
Mr. Herbert W. Richardson,
in charge at Duluth for nearly 33 years, died March 27, 1931.
Mr. Richardson was born at Cleveland, Ohio, on February 25, 1867.
He entered the Signal Corps on January 19, 1886. After a period
of instruction at Fort Myer, he was assigned as assistant at the
Central Office, Pittsburgh, Nashville, New York, Buffalo, Kansas
City, Cleveland, and Columbus for short periods. He was in charge
at Parkersburg from 1894 to 1895, at Columbus from 1895 to 1898,
and at Duluth thereafter.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, March 1932]
Orris W. Roberts, official in charge of
the Bismarck station, was retired at th termination of August
31, 1939, after 41 years of service. He was born in Dunlop, Iowa,
on August 22, 1869. Mr. Roberts entered the service at Basseterre,
St. Kitts, West Indies, on August 16, 1898. He later served at
the Central Office for a short period and was subsequently assigned
to Des Moines and Boston as assistant and to Yankton and Bismarck
as official in charge.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, August