Homer P. Ritter, for many years an officer
of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, and a member of
the Mississippi River Commission, died in Washington, D.C., April
was returning from a meeting of the Mississippi River Commission
at Memphis and was taken ill on the train. On his arrival at
Washington, on Saturday morning, he was taken to the Emergency
Hospital, and died there.
Mr. Ritter was born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 4, 1855. He attended
the high school in Cleveland from 1869 to 1873 and Columbia
College School of Mines from 1878 to 1880. He was afterwards
employed for several years on railway surveys.
He entered the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1885, was appointed
an assistant in 1895, and continued in the service until the
time of his death. Mr. Ritter had been employed on field work
in all parts of the United States and in Alaska, and his last
duty was in charge of the field station of the Coast and Geodetic
Survey at Boston, Massachusetts.
He was nominated to succeed Henry L. Marindin as a member of
the Mississippi River Commission, and his appointment was confirmed
by the Senate April 14, 1904, at which time he was on duty in
C&GS Bulletin 4/1919