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Lieutenant Commander Daniel E. Whelan, Jr. who retired in 1953, died in California on November 29, 1974. He had resided in southern California for over 40 years, living for most of that time in Pacific Palisades. Lieutenant Commander Whelan joined the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1921 as a Deck Officer after having obtained his degree in Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had served in the U.S. Army for a period during World War I, and was discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps. During his early years with the Coast and Geodetic Survey, Lieutenant Commander Whelan served in the field on four ships on the east coast and in Alaska; and in the District Office in Seattle. His career was cut short as a result of an injury sustained in the line of duty and subsequent physical retirement in 1926. In 1943, he was recalled to active duty and served during World War II with the U.S. Navy, and at the Coast and Geodetic Survey District Office in Los Angeles until his 1953 retirement.

Lieutenant Commander Whelan, following his early retirement, became a Professor in Civil Engineering at Loyola University in Los Angeles where in 1935 he was appointed Dean of the College of Science. Upon returning in 1953 he was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering. In 1961 he retired from this post, and then was honored as Dean Emeritus until his death. He was very active in private mapping and surveying, and also greatly assisted in our own officer recruiting efforts in the southwest United States.

Lieutenant Commander Whelan had received the Secretary of Navy Commendation Medal, and was a register professional engineer in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.



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