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Captain Leonard S. Hubbard, Seattle District Officer, retired on June 1, 1956, from leonard hubbardactive duty after 33 years of service in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

He was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut on May 22, 1896, and received his education at the Barrington High School in Newark, New Jersey, Freeport High School, Freeport, Long Island, New York, and was graduated in 1923 from Tufts College in Medford, Massachusetts with the degree Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Prior to entering Tufts College he served for 1 year with the 105th Machine Gun Battalion, 27th Division, U.S. Army.

Captain Hubbard entered on duty in the Coast and Geodetic Survey on August 1, 1923, as Deck Officer. His first assignment was on geodetic surveys. His first tour of sea duty began in March 1925 and more than half of his 33-year career has been spent in Alaska and Hawaii serving aboard the Ships DISCOVERER, SURVEYOR, PIONEER, and LESTER JONES, and he served aboard the Ship LYDONIA operating along the Atlantic coast. He was in command of the LESTER JONES in 1946 and 1947. During the years 1953 and 1954 he was in command of the Ship HYDROGRAPHER engaged on EPI-controlled hydrographic surveys in the Gulf of Mexico and along the coast of Cuba. From December 1947 to June 1950 Captain Hubbard served as Boston District Officer, following which he reported to the Washington Office and assumed the duties of Chief, Hydrography Branch, Coastal Surveys Division, where he continued until March 15, 1953, when he was detached to proceed to Seattle, Washington, and assume the duties of the Seattle District Officer, his last assignment to the date of his retirement.

He is the author of a number of papers, "Increasing the Safety of the World's Shipping," was published in the Department of State Bulletin, Co. 1, XXVII No. 681, July 14, 1952.

He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Boston Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Institute of Navigation and Propellor Club. He is also a member of Theta Chi and Tau Beta Pi, honorary engineering fraternities.

Captain and Mrs. Hubbard reside at 515 North 171st Street, Seattle, Washington. They have three children, one son, Harold, and two daughters, Florence and Alice.

May 22, 1896 - March 9, 1985

Captain Leonard S. Hubbard was born May 22, 1896, in Glastonbury, Connecticut. He attended Tufts College, Medford, Massachusetts, and graduated in June 1923 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Following graduation, he was appointed as Deck Officer and on March 14, 1924, he was commissioned as Ensign.

His 33-year career included the following ship assignments: DISCOVERER, SURVEYOR, first as a topographer, later as Watch Officer and finally as Executive Officer; LYDONIA, PIONEER, EXPLORER, first as Watch Officer and Gunnery/Communications Officer and later as Executive Officer, and HYDROGRAPHER as Commanding Officer. Other assignments included various field party positions and Chief of Party, Assistant to Officer in Charge at the Seattle Processing Office, Inspector for the Field Station in San Francisco, Supervisor for the Northeastern District in Boston, Chief of the Hydrography Branch, Division of Coastal Surveys at Headquarters, and at the time of his retirement on June 1, 1956, as Supervisor to the Northwestern District in Seattle.

Captain Hubbard was awarded a World War II, Certificate of Service, stating that he "honorably served as a commissioned officer of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey on projects for the Department of the Navy in areas determined by the Department of the Navy to be of immediate military hazard as contemplated by Section 2 of Public Law 786, 77th Congress, from March 24, 1942 to September 1, 1945."

Captain Hubbard is survived by his three children, Harold A. Hubbard, Florence L. Hodges, and Alice H. Stallings.

THE BUZZARD, 6/22/1956

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