Robert A. Ganse
was born September 23, 1939, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He
attended Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1961.
Following his graduation he was employed as a civilian geodist
on a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey steel tower triangulation
party working in the state of Kansas. He was commissioned
as Ensign on March 23, 1962. His career assignments included
the following ships: EXPLORER, HYDROGRAPHER, MARMER, MCARTHUR
as Executive Officer, SURVEYOR as Operations Officer, RUDE
and HECK as Commanding Officer and the DISCOVERER as Commanding
Captain Ganse's other assignments included serving as Chief
of the Environmental Hazards Branch at the National Geophysical
and Solar Terrestrial Data Center in Boulder, Colorado and
he was on the staff of the Chief Scientist of the National
Ocean Survey in Rockville, Maryland. At the time of his retirement
on February 1, 1985, he was on the Director's Staff at the
Pacific Marine Center.
During his career, Captain Ganse received a Master of Science
Degree for scientific research and his Ph.D. in Seismology
both from St. Louis University.
Captain Ganse was a member of the American Geophysical Union,
the U.S. Naval Institute and the honorary fraternity Pi Mu
Epsilon. He was a registered surveyor in the state of Pennsylvania.
Captain Ganse is survived by his widow, Shirley Harnish, and
two children, Andrew and Tara.
NOAA Corps Bulletin, 9/1/1987