Journeyman Negative Engraver in the Chart Division, retires
this June 30th. Of his 30 years of Government service, almost
29 have been with the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Born in Baltimore,
Md., on June 28, 1895, he attended the Baltimore public schools
and the Maryland Institute. He served with the U.S. Army in
France during World War I in Company “C” 601st Engineers.
Returning to Baltimore, he resumed his career
as a lithographic artist, serving with a number of commercial
firms until 1925. His training and experience in artistic lithography
enabled him to render invaluable assistance to the Bureau during
a long period of continually expanding requirements for chart
and map reproduction, which reached an all-time high during
World War II. At that time he was commended by the Department
for the donation of over a gallon of blood, although his own
health was not good.
Mr. Rothamel’s service was characterized
by loyalty and quiet, unassuming efficiency. He is a man of
many hobbies, among them fishing and oil painting. Those of
us who know him will remember him for his eagerness to do a
good turn for a friend.
“The Buzzard,” June 29, 1954.