years of sea duty are included in his 33 years of service during
which he spend 12 seasons in Alaska, one in the Hawaiian Islands,
and seven along the Pacific coast.
to his appointment as Assistant Director of the Bureau he served
as Chief of the Chart Division for a year. Other office assignments
have been Chief of the Surveys Section, Chief of the Nautical
Chart Branch, Chief of Aeronautical Chart Branch, and Assistant
Chief, Chart Division.
assignments which he has accomplished with distinction have
included technical advisor on two international scientific conferences,
one at Caracas, Venezuela, and one at Monte Carlo, Monaco and
head of delegation to the ICAO 4th Map and Chart Division Meeting
at Brussels, Belgium in 1984.
Knox's hobby in music, and he plays the piano for , as he says
"his own enjoyment." In fact, at one time he had two pianos
in his home.
in the Bureau welcomes the news that on May 24, 1951, the United
States Senate voted to confirm the appointment of commander
Robert W. Knox to be Assistant Director of the Coast and Geodetic
Survey, with the rank of Rear Admiral, effective June 1, 1951.
He succeeds Rear Admiral K.T. Adams who retires on May 31, 1951.
Knox, who first entered the Survey in June 1923, has served
for the past year as Chief of the Division of Charts. Before
returning here in 1950 he had carried out numerous important
assignments both in the field and in the Washington office,
including command of the PATHFINDER, one of the Bureau's largest
survey vessels. His varied experience and skill as an administrator
make him admirably suited to the performance of his new task.
He approaches it with heartiest wishes of all his associates
for success in his undertaking.
with the pleasure in Commander Knox' advancement is the deep
regret at the retirement of Admiral Adams whose brilliant career
in the Survey has been a great credit to the Bureau. More on
this subject next week. The Senate, on the same day it voted
confirmation of Admiral Knox, approved the permanent promotions
of several other Coast and Geodetic officers which become effective
at various dates beginning July 1, 1951.