Herman Odessey, Executive
Officer of the Ship PIONEER, died suddenly in Oakland, California,
February 5, 1940. Born in Brooklyn, New York, August 10, 1898,
Lieutenant Odessey entered the service on August 3, 1917, after
graduation from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He is survived
by his wife, Marjorie Parkinson Odessey, of Norfolk, Virginia,
and two daughters.
His service in the Coast and Geodetic Survey included 6 years
in the Division of Geodesy, and assignments as Executive Officer
on the Ships DISCOVERER, GUIDE, OCEANOGRAPHER, and PIONEER,
and from 1932 to 1937 as Commanding Officer of the Motor Vessel
GILBERT. A capable and conscientious officer, enjoying the highest
confidence of his superior officer, his death will cause a distinct
loss in the field personnel of the Bureau.