September 3, 1946, Captain T. J. Maher,
Supervisor of our Portland District Office, retired from duty
after 39 years service in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
Captain Maher, who was born in New York City, and received his
education there, entered the Service in 1907, and his early
assignments from that year to 1911 were aboard vessels operating
in Alaska. From 1913 to 1915, he operated at the other end of
the Pacific, in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines as Commanding
Officer of the FATHOMETER and PATHFINDER.
After a seasons' work on the East Coast, Captain Maher was again
on duty in the Alaska area as Commanding Officer of the WENONAH,
SURVEYOR, and GUIDE. During World War I, he served in the Navy
as Commanding Officer of the EXPLORER, and Inspector of Navigational
Material in San Francisco, California.
In 1924 he was Assistant Chief of the Coast Pilot Section; from
1928 to 1936 Inspector of the San Francisco Field Station; and
from 1936 to 1938 Director of Coast Surveys in Manila. From
1938 to 1944 he was Supervisor at the New York office, and from
1944 to his retirement Supervisor in the Portland Office.
Captain Maher has always been a loyal booster for the Survey,
and his many letters in the files testify to his eagerness that
the Bureau should "do the right thing." He was also noted for
illegible handwriting, and many a time he couldn't even read
his own scrawl. Captain Heck, now retired, was another whose
handwriting required the use of a magnifying glass and the patience
of Job, and it is said that when those two corresponded in long
hand, neither knew what the other was writing about, with sometimes
Captain Maher is planning to remain in Portland for about a
year, and his duties are being temporarily assumed by Lieutenant
Commander R. A. Earle.