Albert Lesuer Baldwin
a former member of this Bureau, died at Doctors Hospital, Washington,
D. C., on September 20, 1940. Born at Kinsman, Ohio, June 27,
1870, he received his Civil Engineering degree from Allegheny
College (1890) and entered the field service of the Bureau immediately
thereafter. He was transferred to the Washington Office in 1899,
where he served as chief computer (mathematician) in the Division
of Geodesy until 1916, when he resigned to become local general
agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
During his service with the Bureau he helped
to inaugurate improved methods for both field and office work.
He was chief of party for the first precise base measurements
in this country to be made with steel tapes. An able administrator,
he was well liked by his associates, because of his friendly
advice and assistance, and because of his patience in explaining
Bureau work to those not yet familiar with it. His deeply religious
nature and keen insight in knowing how best to be helpful to
those with whom he came in contact endeared him to a great many
friends. He is survived by his widow, Josephine Baldwin, 1 daughter,
4 sons, and 11 grandchildren and by 1 brother and 1 sister.
Funeral services were held on September 23, at the Chevy Chase
Presbyterian Church followed by burial at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
C&GS Bulletin, 9/30/1940