Sarah Beall mathematician
in the division of geodesy, died at her residence at the Montana
Apartments, 1726 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on February
11, 1926. She was 56 years of age. Miss Beall was born in Montgomery
County, Maryland, April 19, 1869. She attended high school at
Rochester, New York, and later the Missouri School of Mines, University
of Missouri, at which institution she specialized in mathematics.
Prior to her service with the Coast and Geodetic Survey she worked
with Professor (later Rear Admiral) Simon Newcomb, of the United
States Naval Observatory at Washington. In 1903 she was appointed
to the Coast and Geodetic Survey, serving continuously from that
time until her death. Soon after her entrance into the survey
she was detailed as computing (mathematic) assistant to the late
John F. Hayford, then chief of geodesy. For many years she devoted
her time to office computations of gravity observations. For the
past 15 years she was in charge of the office astronomic computations
of the division of geodesy. She also instruction to new observers,
devising many improved methods in this connection.
was the author of a monumental publication recently published
by the survey, entitled Astronomic Determinations by the
United States Coast and Geodetic Survey and Other Organizations,
which has already received international recognition.