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Mr. Richard H. Sullivan, was retired at the termination of December 31, 1933. Mr. Sullivan was born at Madison, Ind., on December 11, 1863. He enlisted in the Signal Corps on September 24, 1887, and was assigned to the Indianapolis station as assistant. He also served as assistant at Kansas City and Denver and as official in charge at Grand Junction, Wichita, and Columbia, S. C., serving at the latter place since February 15, 1913.

Richard H. Sullivan, who was retired at the termination of December 31, 1933, died at his home in Edgewood, S.C., on July 30, 1942. An outline of his service and a notice of his retirement will be found in TOPICS and PERSONNEL for December 1933.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, September 1942]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, September 1942]

Mr. Melvin B. Summers, official in charge at Seattle, has been retired effective July 31, 1931, on account of ill health. Mr. Summers was born at Louisville, Ohio, on May 11, 1877. He entered the Weather Bureau service as assistant at Columbia, Mo., on May 15, 1900, by transfer from the Bureau of Animal Industry. Thereafter he served as assistant at Pittsburgh from November, 1902, to June, 1905, and from October, 1905, to February, 1911; as official in charge at Macon from June, 1905, to October, 1905; as assistant at Philadelphia from February, 1911, to September, 1916; as official in charge and special disbursing agent at Juneau from September, 1916, to August, 1923; and as official in charge at Seattle from August, 1923, to the date of his retirement.

Mr. Melvin B. Summers, who was retired on July 31, 1931, died at the home of his sisters in Canton, Ohio, on March 19, 1939. An outline of his service and a notice of his retirement will be found in Topics and Personnel for August 1932.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, August 1932]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, March 1939]

Mr. Leon G. Sutton was retired at the termination of July 31, 1933, in accordance with the provisions of section 8 (a) of the Independent Offices Appropriation Act, he having had over 30 years' service and the station at which he was serving being closed. Mr. Sutton was born at Clinton, Iowa, on January 12, 1883, and entered the service at La Crosse on June 1, 1900, serving as assistant at that station and Tatoosh Island, and as official in charge at Neah Bay, Port Crescent, and Port Angeles, being in charge of the latter station at the time of his retirement.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1933]

Mr. John Sweetney, laborer, at the Central Office, was retired at the termination of August 31, 1934. He was born in Charles County, Md., on January 4, 1869. Mr. Sweetney was appointed as laborer December 1, 1913, and served at the Central Office in that capacity until retired.

Mr. John Sweetney, who was retired on August 31, 1934, died at his home at 1514 13th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on June 4, 1940. A notice of his retirement and an outline of his service will be found in Topics and Personnel for August 1934.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel]
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel]

Charles Fitzhugh Talman, meteorological consultant in the Meteorological Research Division at the Central Office, died on July 24, 1936, at the age of 61. He entered the Weather Bureau in 1896 and, after, having served at various stations, had since 1908 been at the Central Office in charge of the Weather Bureau Library, while at the same time carrying on other important duties.

Mr. Talman was an accomplished writer on many different subjects, and in the field of meteorology he performed, through his writings, a service of the highest importance. Possessed of exceptional literary gifts, and a command of several languages, including Latin and Greek, he contributed extensively to the literature of meteorology, particularly in presenting the many aspects of the science in a popular form, all the more valuable because the treatment was invariably sound and authoritative. He was a regular contributor of meteorological articles to several magazines and newspapers, and was the author of a noteworthy, popular book on meteorology. For a number of years he had been preparing the daily "Why the Weather?" series, syndicated by Science Service.

In his technical work, Mr. Talman was a specialist in meteorological bibliography, history, terminology, and nomenclature. For many years he had been engaged in the preparation of an invaluable dictionary of meteorological terms. Recently relieved of routine duties in connection with the library, he expected to devote most of his time and effort to the completion of this and related projects. It is the intention of the Bureau to continue the work in this field, which Mr. Talman had made so peculiarly his own and to which he had so largely contributed.
[Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel, July 1936]

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