Martin C. Rose,
in the Central Office, died at his home in Washington, D.C., on
February 18, 1942. He was born in Marquette, Mich., on April 15,
1898. Mr. Rose entered the Weather Bureau service on May 1, 1929,
and served there until the time of his death. Prior to coming
to the Weather Bureau he served in the U.S. Lighthouse Service,
Army Air Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, March
Rossby came to this country from Sweden
in 1926 on a Scandinavian-American Foundation scholarship. Under
the sponsorship of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion
of Aeronautics, he established in California in 1927 the first
model airways weather service this side of the Atlantic, and at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1928 the first modern
school of meteorology in this country. During the following years
at M.I.T. Professor Rossby was largely responsible for the general
acceptance in this country of the Norwegian methods of weather
analysis. At the same time he made important contributions in
the field of atmospheric thermodynamics, and in that of the mechanics
of turbulent motion in the atmosphere and ocean. In 1939 Professor
Rossby was appointed Assistant Chief of Research and Education
in the United States Weather Bureau, a position which he left
shortly afterwards to take charge of the Institute of Meteorology
of the University of Chicago. In recent years his important research
contributions have dealt primarily with the dynamics of the large-scale
atmospheric circulations, while much of his time during this War
has been devoted, as expert consultant to the Secretary of War,
to the organization of the wartime training of meteorologists
for the Army.
he acts as expert consultant to General Arnold, on meteorological
problems of the Army Air Forces. -- H.C. Willett.
of the American Meteorological Society, Volume 26, June, 1945.
George P. Rusmisel,
official in charge of the Houston station, died in Galveston,
Tex., on January 15, 1943. He was born in Denison, Iowa on September
16, 1898. Mr. Rusmisel entered the Weather Bureau service as a
junior observer at Mobile on December 22, 1924. He was subsequently
assigned to Vicksburg, Meridian, and Jacksonville as assistant
and as official in charge at Apalachicola and Galveston. Mr. Rusmisel
was recently transferred from Galveston, at which station he had
been official in charge since May 1934, to Houston, Tex. Mr. Rusmisel
served creditably in the U.S. Army in the World War from May 4,
1917 to June 11, 1919, and subsequently in the Weather Bureau
where his many years of faithful service to the public made him
one of the Bureau's outstanding local officials.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, February 1944]
John R. Sage, 86, died May 28, 1919. By
act of the Twenty-third General Assembly of Iowa, the Iowa Weather
and Crop Service was established and Mr. Sage was appointed its
first director in 1890. He was assisted by George M. Chappel of
the Signal Corps, in charge of the Des Moines station, in organizing
the State Service. They were among the pioneers in publishing
weekly weather crop bulletins. He was successively a pastor, a
chaplain in the Army of the Potomac, an editor and publisher of
daily newspapers, a contributor to the agricultural press, and
a lecturer at county farmers' institutes. In October, 1899, he
was appointed Section Director of the Weather Bureau. At the close
of 1907 he retired and has since spent his winters mostly in Florida
and his summers in Des Moines. -- June 1919
George N. Salisbury died on June 12, 1925,
at Seattle. He was born September 16, 1860, at Saratoga, Minn.
Mr. Salisbury enlisted in the Signal Corps on July 3, 1883, and
received the usual instruction at Fort Myer. In addition to a
number of short assignments, he was in charge at Savannah from
1886 to 1888, at Salt Lake City from 1891 to 1894, and Seattle
thereafter until 1923, when failing health caused him to relinquish
the responsibility of station management, though he continued
in the service at Seattle until his death.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, June 1925]
Addie E. Sayles,
charwoman at the Central Office, was retired on
December 31, 1938, on account of physical disability. She was
born in Fairfax, Va., on February 10, 1881. Mrs. Sayles entered
the Weather Bureau service on October 18, 1921, and prior to that
time served for short periods in the National Museum, Bureau of
Engraving and Printing, and the Federal Trade Commission.
E. Sayles, who was retired on December 31, 1938, died at Emergency
Hospital in Washington, D. C., on May 21, 1939. An outline of
her service and a notice of her retirement will be found in
the December 1938 issue of Topics and Personnel.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, December 1938]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel,
James H. Scarr,
official in charge of the New York station, died February 14,
1936. He was born in Ionia County, Mich., on January 10, 1867.
Mr. Scarr entered the service May 10, 1898, serving as assistant
at St. Louis and Helena, and as official in charge at Sacramento,
Tampa, and New York, being in charge of the latter station since
July 28, 1909.
Bureau Topics and Personnel, February 1936]