hydrographic and geodetic engineer, U.S. Coast and Geodetic
Survey, died in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 7, 1921, after
an illness of only a few days. At the time of his death, Mr.
Latham was in charge of the field station of the Coast and Geodetic
Survey in New Orleans.
Mr. Latham was born in McMinn County, Tennessee, June 9, 1864,
and at the time of his appointment in the Survey was residing
in Atlanta, Georgia. He was educated at the University of the
South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1881; University of Illinois, Champlain,
Illinois, 1882 to 1885. At the latter institution he took a
course in civil engineering.
After leaving college he was engaged in the general practice
of surveying and on railroad surveys and construction. For a
time he served as assistant city engineer of Atlanta, Georgia.
He was appointed an assistant in the Coast and Geodetic Survey,
July 1, 1895 (which title was afterwards changed to hydrographic
and geodetic engineer). Since that time he has been employed
on various classes of field work in the Survey in all parts
of the United States. His work included triangulation, topography,
photography, hydrography, and magnetic work. He served in the
Philippine Islands, in Alaska, and on the first expedition to
Mount St. Elias region. For a time was in command of one of
the vessels of the Survey on the Atlantic Coast.
Mr. Latham was a most efficient officer, always manifesting
great interest, both in his own work and the work of the Survey
in general; was fertile in suggestion and untiring in the performance
of official duty.
He leaves a widow and four children.
Among his associates in the Survey Mr. Latham was esteemed for
his sterling character and for his activity in all matters relating
to the work of the Service.