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Captain John H. Peters,
retired, died Saturday, February 3, 1951, at his home in Menlo Park, California, from thrombosis. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m., February 7, 1951, at the Roller and Hapgood Funeral Home in Palo Alto and interment was in the Golden Gate National Cemetery.

Captain Peters was born February 18, 1886, at Coal Grove, Ohio. He received his education at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and the Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland, from which he was awarded the Reid Physics Prize in 1907. He entered on duty in the Coast and Geodetic Survey September 20, 1907, and retired from active duty on March 1, 1948, by reason of having reached the statutory age of retirement. He was Chief of Party on precise leveling and magnetics in the western United States; triangulation in Louisiana; and wire drag along the coast of Maine. He was Commanding Officer of the Ship RANGER engaged on combined operations in the Gulf of Mexico and on wire drag investigations in Puerto Rican waters. He served in Alaska as Executive Officer of the Ships DISCOVERER and SURVEYOR, and in the Philippine Islands as Commanding Officer of the Ship FATHOMER. His office assignments included duty as Officer in Charge of the Honolulu Magnetic Observatory from 1927 to 1938, and Supervisor, Southern District, New Orleans, Louisiana from May 1946 to March 1947.

Captain Peters was Supervisor of Construction of the new modern survey Ships EXPLORER and PATHFINDER. He was also responsible for much development work in the design of a radio-current-meter which has revolutionized the methods used by this bureau in measuring ocean currents.

During World War I Captain Peters was on active duty with the Army from September 24 to November 14, 1917, and with the Navy from November 1917 to March 1919, as Lieutenant Commander aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON transporting troops from New York to France. During World War II he served as the bureau's liaison officer on the staff of the Commandant, Northwest Sea Frontier. For this service he was commended in a special letter by Admiral J.W. Reeves, USN.

Captain Peters achieved much during his long career of service to his country. He has a record of which the Coast and Geodetic Survey is proud.

Surviving relatives are his wife and two daughters.

?, Vol. 19, No. 7, 2/13/1951

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