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Mr. William W. Dent died in this city on January 27, 1924, at the age of 71. Mr. Dent, a native of Frederick, Md., was connected with the Signal Corps and Weather Bureau from 1880 to 1896. In addition to several shorter assignments, he was stationed at Washington from 1881 to 1884, Erie until 1886, Marquette until 1891, Parkersburg until 1894, and Indianapolis until 1896.

Mr. William C. Deveraux, senior meteorologist, official in charge of the Cincinnati station, died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati on July 6, 1941. He was born in Pinckney, Minn., on December 3, 1873. He entered the Weather Bureau service at Atlanta as observer on May 26, 1900, and subsequently served at Havana, Cuba; Louisville, Atlantic City, Syracuse, Ithaca, Milwaukee, and Cincinnati. He had been in charge at the latter station since his arrival there on April 8, 1911.

He performed commendatory services at Ithaca in preparation of a course of instruction in meteorology and climatology for use at Cornell University; also, in connection with studies on "Relation of Deforestation to Precipitation and Run-off in Wisconsin."

During his 30 years' service at Cincinnati, Mr. Deveraux was recognized as an outstanding forecaster of floods along the Ohio River and tributaries and performed as such especially valuable service to the public in 1913 and 1937.

A gentleman with responsive charm of personality and efficiency, he has always inspired confidence in the Weather Bureau and has gained the goodwill of the public served; so, there has come to a close a long career of conscientious devotion to the public service.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, August 1941]

Mr. Luther M. Dey was retired December 19, 1925, having served continuously for more than 51 years. He was born on December 20, 1851, in Mercer County, N.J. Mr. Dey enlisted in Signal Corps on November 20, 1874, was in charge at Cleveland in 1877, at Mobile until 1879, at Omaha until 1881, at Pikes Peak until 1882, at Louisville until 1884, at Philadelphia from 1885 to 1901, and at Rochester thereafter.

Mr. Luther M. Dey, who was retired in December, 1925, after a period of more than 51 years of service in the Weather Bureau, died June 19, 1932, at Rochester, N.Y. A notice of retirement and outline of service may be found in TOPICS AND PERSONNEL for December, 1925.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, December 1925]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, June 1932]

Mr. Harvey B. Dick,
official in charge, Pueblo, Colo., since March 15, 1921, was retired at the termination of April 30, 1935. He was born near Denton, Md., on April 9, 1866. Mr. Dick enlisted in the Signal Corps on March 18,1886. After the usual period of instruction at Fort Myer, he served as assistant or official in charge, respectively, at the Central Office, Woods Hole (Mass.), Cape Henry, Hatteras, Micco (Fla.), Vicksburg, Memphis, New Orleans, Vineyard Haven (Mass.), Kalispell, Spokane, and Pueblo. Subsequent to action for his retirement, information has been received that Mr. Dick died May 2, 1935, after a prolonged illness.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, April 1935]

Mr. Willard E. Dickinson,
observer at the Washington National Airport, was retired at the termination of April 25, 1946, on account of disability. He was born in Holyoke, Mass., on August 23, 1898. Mr. Dickinson entered the Weather Bureau on June 1, 1936, at Macon, Ga., as a junior observer. He was assigned to the Central Office as a scientific aid on March 22, 1939. He later served as an observer at Hartford, Conn., Alpena, Mich., Topeka, Kans., and Albany, N.Y., respectively, finally returning to Washington, D.C., National Airport, under date of June 1, 1944, where he remained until his retirement.

[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, October 1946, p.71]

Mr. Lee A. Denson, official in charge of the Raleigh station, was retired at the termination of May 31, 1939, after more than 50 years' service. He was born in Pittsboro, N. C., on May 29, 1869. Mr. Denson entered the service as a clerk on April 9, 1888, at Washington, D. C., and was subsequently assistant at Savannah and Albany, and official in charge at Meridian and Raleigh. Prior to July 1, 1891, at which time the duties of the Signal Corps were transferred to the Weather Bureau, Mr. Denson served in that organization.

A recent report from the official in charge of the Weather Bureau Office at Raleigh, N. C. outlines the value of Weather Bureau warnings in the recent flash floods in the Raleigh district. Informed of the shortage of staff to handle the emergency, Mr. Lee A. Denson, retired, who until recently was official in charge of the Raleigh office, gladly gave his services for consultation and additional assistance to the office force. Mr. Denson's long experience in that locality made his assistance extremely valuable, and as a result of the accurate forecasts of river stages many lives were saved and much damage to movable property avoided. The present official in charge at Raleigh speaks very highly of Mr. Denson's services in this emergency. Although the law prevents employment of retired personnel as emergency assistants and no remuneration can therefore be given, the Weather Bureau takes much pleasure in expressing its appreciation to Mr. Denson for his unselfish service. His action is in keeping with the best traditions of the Weather Bureau.
Mr. Lee A. Denson, who was retired at the termination of May 31, 1939, died in Rex Hospital, Raleigh, N.C., on October 27, 1943.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, May 1939]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, December 1943]

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