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[Jay W. Feuquay] [Lt. Col. Abraham Anson [Maurice Keyes Kurtz, Jr.] [William R. Allder Jr.] [Robert Neil Colwell] [John Stanton Beazley] [Halbouty][Gervin] [Stringham] [Azali] [Meyer] [Osborn] [Root] [Philip Guss] [Hopkins] [Hobrough] [Aangeenbrug] [Cartright] [DeMartino] [Ball] [Wolf] [Bailey] [Wagner] [Davies] [Estes] [Graville] [McHarg] [Hocking] [Tewinkel] [BabingtonSmith] [Nugent] [Barnes]



Jay W. Feuquay (49) died Monday, June 12, 2006, of pancreatic cancer, at Reston Hospital in Reston, Virginia. Fuequay was director of the Land Remote Sensing program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He had a distinguished career at the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center of the USGS for more than 20 years. In 2002, he became the first Program Coordinator for U.S. Land Remote Sensing for the Survey.

Feuquay frequently lobbied for Landsat funding, which led to the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, as well as ongoing discussions by a working group at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that is examining the program’s future. His specific accomplishments included working collaboratively with the White House, Congress, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration and other federal agencies to further the science and technology of Landsat and other remote sensing systems; as well as working with U.S. Department of Interior officials to redefine the purposes of U.S. land remote sensing and using advanced systems technologies to further the department’s interest in land management.

Known by his colleagues as having a quick wit, and a love for golf, cooking and travel, Fuequay lead with his creativity, friendship and caring regard, all those whom he touched and inspired them to achieve the aims to which his career and his life were dedicated.

Feuquay is survived by his wife Connie Rukes Feuquay, his children Meredith and Jason, his mother Norma Lea Feuquay; and his brothers Michael and Steven.


Lt. Col. Abraham Anson (94),ASPRS Potomac Region Emeritus Historian, passed away May 29, 2005, of a massive heart attack. A longtime member of ASPRS, Anson received the ASPRS Fellow award in 1997 for his unselfish contribution to the science and the Society as Associate Editor for both the Manual of Color Aerial Photography and the first edition of the Manual of Remote Sensing, and editor of the Proceedings of the Aerial Photography Workshop for the Plant Sciences, as well as many other key literary contributions. Similarly, he has many noteworthy earlier contributions which include examining the impact of supersonic air platforms in aerial photo acquisition, the development of the auto mosaicer, the design of the multiband camera for the Apollo Moon Lander, and others. Anson is survived by his daughter, Myra Anson Nicholas.

 

 

 

 

 


Maurice Keyes Kurtz, Jr. (77), died peacefully at home in Satellite Beach, Florida on Friday, May 20, 2005, with his family around him. Born June 4, 1927 at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Kurtz grew up as an Army brat, moving from post to post. His father took him tank riding and taught him how to spot ammunition duds. Kurtz, known as “Monk” to many friends and“ Daddy” to his three kids, led a wonderfully rich, full life professionally and personally. At 18, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1949. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctorate from Purdue University. After a 28-year military career, he retired as a colonel and settled in Satellite Beach Florida, where he became a professor of civil engineering at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. During retirement, Kurtz pursued his passion for genealogy, became a mentor to others, and enjoyed quality time with friends and family. He lived with Parkinsons disease for 12 years with remarkable strength, courage, and grace. He leaves a family who will always love him very much: Barbara, his wife of 52 years; his son, Maurice III of St. Petersburg, Florida his daughters, Rosalie Peterson of Aurora, Ohio and Roxanne of Medford, Massachusetts; and four grandchildren, Susan, Karen and Michael Peterson and Jennifer Kurtz.

 

 

 


William R. Allder
William R. Allder Jr., 55, director of strategic transformation with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency died of a heart attack May 7 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Throughout his 33-year career Allder helped transform the government’s mapping agency from a paper world to the digital age. His responsibilities included leading the agency’s efforts to stay on the cutting edge of mapping and imagery technology. He was preparing to move into private industry at the time of his death.

Allder directed the development and deployment of large, complex, geospatial intelligence systems worldwide. Over the years, he developed systems that enhanced the nation’s ability to provide geographical information and images from a satellite to a plane’s cockpit or a ship’s bridge or from a soldier’s foxhole to a policymaker’s desk.

Throughout his career, Allder had been a part of the defense, intelligence and civilian mapping and imagery communities. He worked with the National Ocean Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Defense Mapping Agency, the Central Imagery Office, and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. In the early 1980s Allder developed software that helped officials predict costs and manage schedules for major projects. He was recognized for his expertise in systems engineering, development and integration. He received the Department of Defense’s Presidential Rank Award in 1999, which noted his ability to assemble and motivate diverse, high-performing teams. He twice received the Distinguished Executive award, in 2001 and 1999.

Allder was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville. He graduated from Duke University in North Carolina and married his high school sweetheart. He was a devoted Duke Blue Devils fan and loved college basketball, golf, and a fine malt scotch. On the day he died, Allder completed 18 holes of golf and was having lunch at the International Golf and Country Club in Fairfax when he had a heart attack. Survivors include his wife, Susan Allder of Sterling, Virginia, and two children, William R. Allder III and Jacquelyn Allder, both of Sterling; two sisters, Bette Rutherford and Jacquelyn Allder, and a brother, Bill DuBois.

This text was adapted from an article by Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb, Washington Post Staff Writer, The Washington Post, Thursday, May 12, 2005, Page B07.


Robert N. Colwell 1918 — 2005
by Cyril Manning*
Dr. Robert Neil Colwell (87), professor emeritus of Forestry at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, a pioneer in the field of remote sensing, and a long-time member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), died on April 14, 2005.

Over the course of more than half a century, Colwell developed a reputation as one of the world’s most respected leaders in remote sensing, a field he stewarded from the interpretation of aerial photographs during World War II, to the advanced acquisition and analysis of many types of geospatial data from military and civilian satellite platforms. His career included nearly 40 years of teaching and research at UC Berkeley, a distinguished record of military service, and prominent roles both in private industry and as a consultant for many U.S. and international agencies.

A native of Star, Idaho, Colwell entered UC Berkeley as a 16-year-old freshman, earning a BS in forestry in 1938, and a PhD in plant physiology at UC Berkeley in 1942. Shortly thereafter, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy, where he was an air combat intelligence officer for the invasion and capture of Guadalcanal, a chief instructor of the Navy’s Photo Intelligence School in Washington, D.C., and finally, chief of photo intelligence for the planning and execution of the Okinawa Campaign. At the end of the war, Colwell was placed in charge of the Navy’s training programs in photo interpretation and photogrammetry.

In 1947, Colwell was appointed to the faculty of the UC Berkeley School of Forestry, where his focus on photographic interpretation later evolved into a program in remote sensing. His accomplishments included development of aerial photography methods to identify tropical vegetation, determine water depth, and measure the prevalence of diseases in agricultural crops.

In the 1950s, Colwell performed some of the first experiments using multiband aerial photographs and in the 1960s he pioneered new methods of satellite photography and reconnaissance. He intuitively grasped that multispectral imaging would forever change human ability to observe and map the Earth.“ Just as our musical appreciation is increased greatly when more than one or two octaves are exploited,” Colwell wrote in a 1961 American Scientist article,“ so also is our appreciation of the physical universe, through multiband spectral reconnaissance, which already can exploit more than forty ‘octaves’.” Colwell was a voracious writer, authoring more than 400 scientific and professional articles and editing the two definitive references in his field: The ASPRS Manual of Photographic Interpretation (1960) and The ASPRS Manual of Remote Sensing, Second Edition (1983).

Colwell was a catalyst for the development of remote sensing techniques during his service as associate director of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory from 1969 to 1983. In addition, in 1969 he played a key role at the NASAUSDA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration - United States Department of Agriculture) funded Forestry Remote Sensing Laboratory, where he led the Apollo 9 “Special Experiment No. 065,” a multiband photographic experiment that was among the highlights of his research career. He went on to play an instrumental role in the launch of NASA’s first Earth Resources Technology Satellite, later renamed Landsat 1, which almost immediately revolutionized the fields of cartography, forestry, geology and land use.

Despite his other obligations, Colwell continued to serve in the Naval Reserve, working in photographic intelligence during the Korean and Vietnam wars and on other special assignments over the years. In 1974, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and became the first director of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, a position he held until 1977. Among Colwell’s military awards were the Bronze Star, the Navy Commendation Medal, and two Presidential Unit Citations. In 1972, he received the Congressional Commendation Award, and in 1977, he was awarded the Legion of Merit by President Jimmy Carter.

In the private sector, Colwell’s research in multispectral analysis provided a key asset in the early days of Earth Satellite Corporation, where he had a lead role in acquiring radar imagery to map, for the first time, 6 million square acres of the Amazon Basin.“ Many people were talking about these new technologies,” said Robert Porter, founder and former chairman of the company, “but Bob concentrated on getting out there and doing it.”

In June 1986, Colwell headed the U.S. delegation for a Vatican study, “Uses of Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing to Help People in Developing Countries.” This culminated in an audience with Pope John Paul II. The study recommendations were adopted by the Vatican and by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Colwell’s global reach in remote sensing research also extended to Australia where he collaborated in research activities with the Rangeland Unit of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

During the first part of his career, Colwell served as director of the UC Berkeley Forestry Summer Camp and was known as “Bullet Bob” for his habit of leading full-speed student hikes, a style of leadership that spanned his career. “Bob set a rigorous pace for everyone, but he didn’t leave people behind. If you were a part of his team, you were inspired to keep up,” said Robin Welch, a 1949 summer camp student of Colwell’s who went on to become a colleague and lifelong friend.

Later in Colwell’s career, that same ceaseless energy allowed him to balance the many facets of his career with the needs of his students. “Bob would often take a red-eye to Washington, D.C., work for a full day for NASA, the U.S. Forest Service, or the Central Intelligence Agency, and then fly back that night to meet with his 8 a.m. class,” said Welch.

Colwell was widely known among UC Berkeley students for his commitment to teaching.“ He really looked after his people and was concerned about their welfare,” said UC Berkeley Professor Dennis Teeguarden, once a student of Colwell’s and later chair of the forestry department. “Bob was a true mentor in all respects.”

Colwell retired from the UC in 1983, but continued his work on the board of directors of Earth Satellite Corporation and as a private consultant. Over the years, Colwell’s legacy to the field of remote sensing was punctuated by a legion of graduate students who continue to this day to make contributions to the field of remote sensing, and numerous honors such as the William T. Pecora Award in 1977 from NASA and the Department of the Interior, and the Berkeley Citation in 1983. Colwell also won the Talbert Abrams Award in 1954, the Fairchild Award in 1956, the Photographic Interpretation Award in 1963, the Alan Gordon Memorial Award in 1984, three Presidential Citations in 1966, 1976, and 1984, and the Fellows Award in 1992, all from ASPRS. He also had the distinction of being one of the 25 ASPRS Honorary Members, chosen from among the organization’s 6,000 members. Having been selected for this elite group in 1964, Colwell was an ASPRS Honorary Member for more than 40 years—longer than any of the other 24 honorees.

In his private life, Colwell was an active member of the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church and an avid trout fisherman.

Colwell married Betty Louise Larson in April 1942. Their marriage lasted 57 years, until Betty’s death in 2000. He is survived by their four children, Arthur Colwell of Lakeport, California, John Colwell of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Nancy Colwell Coronado of Benicia, California, and Robert R. Colwell, of Vienna, Virginia, and seven grandchildren.

* Includes edits by Donald T. Lauer and David M. Carneggie

Efforts are currently underway to establish a student scholarship or fellowship in memory of Robert N. Colwell to be administered by the ASPRS Foundation. Details will be announced in PE&RS as soon as information regarding the award becomes available.


Jon Stanton Beazley, 89, a retired professional engineer and certified photogrammetrist, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005.

Born in Social Circle, Georgia to Abigail Stanton and Reuben Rogers Beazley, Jon Beazley was raised in Madison, Georgia. The Depression interrupted his college attendance after one year, but he continued his studies in civil engineering mainly through independent study. During World War II, he served in India as a warrant officer with the Army Corps of Engineers in the China-Burma-India Theater, where his unit made aerial photographic maps for the Army and the Allies. Through his leadership and tireless efforts to his profession, he produced exemplary accomplishments that have contributed greatly to the development and implementation of techniques in surveying, mapping and photogrammetry. In 1946, Beazley began working for the Florida State Road Department, later known as the Department of Transportation, forming what would become the Photogrammetric Division of the department. During his 33 years as Florida state topographic engineer, he created one of the most efficient topographic/aerial survey units in the U.S. He also held a U.S. patent for a stereoscopic plotting instrument. He led and nurtured the state’s mapping, surveying and photogrammetric efforts, including working with NASA and others to pioneer Florida’s use of satellite imagery in these fields. In 1979, he retired from the Department of Transportation to devote his attention to his consulting engineering practice.

Over the years, he worked with and was honored by local, state and national professional societies. In 1981, he was awarded Engineer of the Year by the Florida Section, American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1987, the ASCE awarded him honorary membership as one of 12 civil engineers across the U.S. who were recognized that year for outstanding life achievement. He was the first civil-engineer recipient of that award in the field of photogrammetry. Beazley served as the first National Director from the ASPRS Florida Region, followed by Charles Andregg. In 1990, the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing chose him as an honorary member. He was a Paul Harris Fellow member of the Tallahassee Rotary Club. He served as president of the North Florida Chapter of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and as commodore of the St. Marks Yacht Club.

Beazley is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hazel Beazley. Other survivors include three daughters, Hayley Gowan (and husband Dave) of Tallahassee, Teresa Widmer of Fort Lauderdale and Abigail Chilldon of Tampa; a son, Stanton Beazley (and wife Evie) of Tallahassee; and four grandchildren, Anne and Jessica Chilldon and Jack and Robert Beazley. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeff Chilldon.


Michel T. “Mike” Halbouty, 95, died November 6, 2004 of cancer at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. A pioneer in developing satellite land remote sensing applications for oil and gas exploration, Halbouty was an internationally recognized geologist, a benefactor of his alma mater, Texas A&M University, and the author of four books and more than 300 articles on geology and petroleum engineering. The “Halbouty Committee,” appointed by President Ronald Reagan, provided the impetuous for the commercialization of Landsat and the ultimate licensing of private remote sensing satellites.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Halbouty came of age with the Texas oil industry. His parents were Lebanese immigrants. The second of six children, he helped his family make ends meet by taking numerous odd jobs, including carrying water to the rigs in the Spindletop oil field during its second boom in 1925. He put himself through Texas A&M, earning degrees in geology and petroleum engineering in 1930 and 1931, then took a job with a Beaumont survey crew. He was 22 when he made his first discovery, at a tiny coastal community between Houston and Beaumont called High Island. He went on to work for McCarthy as general manager and vice president of McCarthy Interests from 1935 until1937 when he left to go into business for himself.

During World War II, Halbouty served as an infantry officer in the Army and in 1945 became chief of the petroleum production section of the Army-Navy Petroleum Board. After the war, he resumed wildcatting, and in true wildcatter fashion he made fortunes, lost them and made them again several times.

In 1976, Halbouty was one of the founding Directors and was instrumental in the organization of The Geosat Committee, Inc., an industry group which collaborates with NASA to promote the use of Landsat data, and served as its first Chairman. In 1977, The Department of the Interior and NASA recognized his untiring support of the Landsat Program by awarding him one of its highest honors, the William T. Pecora Award.

Still working into his nineties, Halbouty moved among Houston’s high society. In June, some of the city’s most prominent citizens helped him celebrate his 95th birthday.

A major Texas A&M benefactor, he is credited with persuading former president George H.W. Bush to locate his presidential library on the university campus at College Station. Survivors include his wife and two children.


Dr. Janette (Jan) C. Gervin
July 1, 1947 - May 4, 2004

Dr. Janette C. Gervin (56) passed away on May 4, 2004. She had been an active member since joining ASPRS in 1976. Gervin served the Society in many capacities, including as Assistant Division Director for the Remote Sensing Applications Division (RSAD) for 1998-1999, and as the Division Director for 1999-2000. She was particularly active in promoting RSAD at National conventions, sponsoring four special sessions at the Washington, D.C. conference in 2000 and five special sessions at the St. Louis conference in 2001. She was Technical Program Chair for the DC 2000 ASPRS Annual Conference, managing nearly 100 sessions and over 300 papers for one of ASPRS’ largest and best conventions ever. She was currently serving as the Conference Chair for the 2005 ASPRS Annual Conference.

For ASPRS Regions, Gervin served as Newsletter Editor in the Florida Region; Chairman of the Hydrospheric Sciences Committee; and Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President of the Potomac Region. During her tenure as an Officer in the Potomac Region (1993-1997), she promoted communication and networking among members through strong support of the Newsletter, expansion of the Region’s technical tours and annual technical conferences, close cooperation with ASPRS National, and increased support of ASPRS National conferences and conventions, including DC 2000 hosted by the Potomac Region.

Professionally, Gervin has been a remote sensing manager and research scientist with NASA for over 30 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility at Goddard Space Flight Center and Kennedy Space Center. Her most recent position was as Project Formulation Manager for GSFC’s Global Carbon Cycle Plan, a multi-mission program which will examine the seasonal, interannual and geographic distribution of carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and on land. Previously she oversaw the development, delivery and launch of MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere), one of five instruments on the first Earth Observing System (EOS) platform Terra. She was Instruments Manager for the EOS Atmospheric Chemistry Program at NASA Headquarters, managing the definition and development of instruments on the third EOS platform Aura. She also oversaw the development and delivery of the Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) on SOHO.

Gervin served on the Space Station Task Force at NASA Headquarters, as the Earth Sciences Representative to the Space Station Program Office at Johnson Space Center, and as Science Advocate and later Manager for the Attached Payloads Accommodation Equipment on the manned Space Station. As a science program manager in the Hydrological Sciences Branch and Eastern Regional Remote Sensing Applications Center at Goddard, she designed, developed and managed remote sensing research and applications projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, and the states of Delaware, Virginia, and Illinois in suburban land use, flood mitigation, wetland mapping, and forest management.

Gervin’s research interests concentrated on analysis of Landsat MSS and TM data, and most recently high resolution aircraft data, presenting and publishing many scientific papers. She received a BA in physics with general honors from Bucknell University (1969); a master’s in physics from the University of Florida (1971); and, PhD in engineering, specializing in Remote Sensing Hydrology, from the University of Maryland (1992). She has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi, and has been the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the US Space Foundation Award for her work in analyzing medical imagery. In addition to ASPRS, she was a member of IEEE and AGU.


J. Alfred (Al) Stringham

J. Alfred (Al) Stringham of Landcare Aviation, Inc. (LAI) died suddenly on February 2, 2004 in New Hartford, New York. Al is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverly (Bev), one brother, two sisters, five children and six grandchildren. Al was an emeritus member of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, which he joined in 1969. Al was president and founder of LAI and operated over 20 specially equipped airplanes to collect low altitude imagery for various remote sensing applications. LAI became a sustaining member of the Society in September 1997.

Al was born in China and lived there with his missionary parents, James and Charlotte Stringham, until 1942 when they returned home to Canandaigua, New York. He attended the College of Forestry at Syracuse University and received a degree in Forest Resource Management in 1957.

He began his career at the Rome Air Development Center (RADC), Griffiss Air Force Base (GAFB) in Rome, New York. One of RADC’s functions was to conduct research and development in aerial reconnaissance. Al’s first project was to develop a prototype mobile image interpretation system that subsequently matured into a major Air Force acquisition program.

In 1961, Al started research with multisensor systems that used nine lenses on a conventional nine inch mapping camera, plus a bank of four 70 mm cameras. Each lens and camera had a special narrow band optical filter. This pioneering effort in multispectral collection established the foundation for today’s hyperspectral systems. Exploitation techniques were developed for the detection of military targets and other applications of national interest, such as illegal crops.

Al was promoted to Branch Chief at RADC and was the inspiration behind many innovations in remote sensing. Modifications were made to existing imaging sensors and film-based cameras for testing in RADC flight test aircraft. His Branch also developed advanced image exploitation techniques, and participated in the testing of improved imaging sensors being developed by the Air Force (AF) and other services. He realized the critical importance of specialized training, both for “photo interpreters (PIs),” as imagery analysts were known at that time, and sensor systems maintenance personnel.

To advance this goal, Al advocated the development of Sensor Exploitation Manuals (SEMs) for new sensors and established an Air Force SEM standard specification.

During the Vietnam War, Al managed several projects involving low altitude reconnaissance and the exploitation of newly developed infrared line scanners, conventional imaging radar and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). As these new reconnaissance systems evolved, Al was a major driver in attempting to speed the process of getting imagery into the hands of the war fighter. He conducted the first real-time demonstration of the airborne collection, transmission and exploitation of radar imagery to a ground processing system at GAFB. This revolutionary achievement introduced a new reconnaissance concept to the military and formed the basis for today’s battlefield reconnaissance systems.

Al assembled a joint RADC-contractor team, which supported the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing on-site at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, South Vietnam, for almost four years. This “Dark Eagle,” and later “Compass Eagle,” team analyzed the performance of both operational reconnaissance systems, as well as research and development systems that were being flown operationally. He introduced real-time reconnaissance to the AF by mounting an infrared system in an RB-57 aircraft and displaying the imagery in the cockpit for in flight target detection, by the navigator. Al’s team pioneered the use of SAR for bomb damage assessment in the Vietnam Theater. Under his guidance work in high altitude infrared reconnaissance for strategic applications was conducted using unique scanners flown in the RB-57 aircraft.

He established the Underbrush reconnaissance sensor test range at Eglin AFB, Florida, where developmental imaging systems could be tested. The range provided simulated Vietnam target situations to assist in the formulation of advanced exploitation techniques. Al expanded the sensor test range concept to Upstate New York, to replicate Central European situations, for reconnaissance imaging sensors against simulated cold war targets.

Al was the driving force behind a demonstration program to directly link data from a U-2 radar to the ground at GAFB. Real-time data was fed into a film-based radar optical correlator-processor, converting the video phase history into a film image for the Modular Change Detection system, automatically highlighting changes. This was the first demonstration of a practical near-real-time delivery of a sensor product to the warfighter. This concept evolved into a whole family of operational systems including the RF-4C, the U-2, SR-71 and today’s Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle using advanced SAR. In addition, Al supported the development and test of other advanced SAR exploitation technologies, to include “Foliage Penetration” (FOPEN) systems.

Al pioneered close cooperation in aerial reconnaissance research between the AF, the federal and state government and private industry by forming the Rome Reconnaissance Association (RRA). The RRA was an early example of “technology transfer”, whereby military capabilities were applied to commercial applications. The RRA applied imaging sensors and techniques to assess storm damage and monitor water pollution. Technical exchanges were held and joint projects undertaken; as an example, Al led an effort to apply remote sensing capabilities to military and civilian search and rescue efforts. During one intensive search effort for an eight -year old boy, who had apparently wandered off in the Adirondack Mountains, missions were flown on RADC aircraft using standard color and near-IR films and an infrared line scanner. Another search involved an Air Force pilot who had bailed out of a crippled fighter jet.

In 1974, Al left the government to pursue his life long love of farming. He and his family moved to Boonville, NY on the edge of the Adirondack Mountains, acquired two farms and incorporated as Land Care Inc. His interest in aerial reconnaissance continued and during the 1980 Olympics, Land Care processed and sold Landsat images of the Lake Placid region. He partnered with Bill Partridge to use LORAN to collect low altitude, small format (35mm) images with desired overlap and sidelap for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to monitor crop compliance. In 1986 he worked with Joe Breda to develop the LORAN-ACCUPHOTO system by integrating LORAN with a Laptop computer. Now aerial images could be collected at a desired location and coverage plots could be produced. Al sold his dairy business in 1987 and worked with LaFave, White and McGivern, an aerial mapping firm, while still pursuing his interest in low altitude, small format reconnaissance.

In 1992 he formed Landcare Aviation Inc. (LAI). The ACCUPHOTO system was upgraded using GPS for improved accuracy and system flexibility. This technology was transferred to Genisys Comm, Inc. (now Genisys Inc. R&D of Utica, NY) who further developed and marketed the GPS-ACCUPHOTO worldwide. Then LAI teamed with the Qualex PhotoCD Group (later to become DIGIX IMAGING) to record coverage of 20 upstate New York counties on PhotoCD. At the time this was largest collection of aerial images on PhotoCDs in the world. LAI’s early efforts used low altitude, small format aerial reconnaissance to collect imagery of Oneida County for 911 applications, New York City Metropolitan Traffic Council for traffic surveys and photo coverage in support of USDA’s crop compliance monitoring program.

LAI operations grew steadily and in 1996 ten aircraft and crews were simultaneously operating in four states. During 1999 LAI aircraft covered projects in 45 states including Hawaii. All aircraft were owned or exclusively leased by LAI and all crews were LAI employees. Each aircraft was equipped with a laptop with flight management software. After collection, digital imagery on a CD was sent overnight to a processing site for next day delivery to the customer. During 2003, 22 aircraft and crews were operating in 25 states.

LAI’s applications were many and unique. In December 1996, LAI teamed with EMERGE on a precision agriculture application to operate eight Cessna 172 aircraft and two twin engine Piper Aztecs equipped with LITTON/ EMERGE digital aerial imaging systems. This system uses color or color infrared digital aerial images to produce products, which are geo-referenced, rectified, and mosaicked. During February of 1997, LAI worked with NASA to collect aerial film using the GPSACCUPHOTO system, coincident with an ER- 2 overflight. The ER-2 is an updated version of the U-2 plane. Over the past 14 years LAI has flown aerial photography for the USDA’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, covering 28 counties in New York State in 1995; rising to 34 counties in New York State, 7 counties in Pennsylvania, and 5 counties in Vermont by 1996. LAI has flown for the New York Power Authority. Applications include power line right-of-way, vegetation assessment and management. Al’s low altitude, small format system provided the first imagery of the World Trade Center after the 9-ll terrorist attack for our First Responders.

Al’s futuristic foresight in reconnaissance technology and applications formed the basis of many revolutionary military and commercial systems. His dedication and energy ensured the timely implementation and testing of these systems to support vital military and commercial information needs. His family, friends, and the entire remote sensing community sorely miss his energy and expertise.


Mehdi Azali

On Saturday, May 15, 2004, Mehdi Azali, 35, of Lakewood, Ohio died when the twin-engine Cessna 310 he was flying went down at about 5:35 a.m. on railroad tracks. The plane had just taken off from the Willoughby, Ohio Lost Nation Municipal Airport headed for Dayton when the plane apparently developed a mechanical problem. Azali was an employee of ASPRS Sustaining Member Kucera International Inc., an aerial mapping company.


Merle Peter Meyer
February 11, 1920 to April 17, 2004

Merle Peter Meyer (84), born February 11, 1920 in Eldridge, Iowa, passed away on April 17, 2004. Meyer began his career with the CCC in the Superior National Forest, 1937-1940. From there, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940, where he rose from private to captain. He served in China with the Flying Tigers and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and the Order of the Flying Cloud. After his military service, Meyer enrolled in school and received a BS degree in forestry and wildlife management at the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and PhD at the University of Minnesota. From 1952-1985, he moved through the ranks from instructor to professor at the University of Minnesota, College of Forestry (now Natural Resources), and became Director of the University’s Remote Sensing Laboratory, which was established in 1972. In 1956, Delaine (Dee) Redmann and Meyer were married and lived in Shoreview, Minnesota where they had two daughters, Leslie and Andrea.

Meyer had periodic assignments as a Fulbright Lecturer in Norway, Finland, and Poland and as the United Nations Technical Advisor in Central and South America, Africa, the Dominican Republic and twice in the Peoples Republic of China (Panda Bear Habitat Project). In 1968, Meyer received the Horace T. Morse – University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. In 1984 he was elected a fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He was an Emeritus member of ASPRS, having joined the Society in 1953, and in 1999 he was named an ASPRS Fellow. Meyer was an avid fisherman, hunter, and cross country skier, and was proud to have completed 10 American Birkebeiners along with many other races. In addition, he was chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee at 1666 Coffman, where Dee and Meyer have lived for the past 14 years.

He is survived by his wife Dee, daughters Leslie (John Gladman), Andrea and two grandsons, Nicholas and Anders Kemppainen, and a niece Pam Kelly of Sacramento, California. It is preferred that any memorial contributions be sent to the Merle P. Meyer Fellowship in Forest Resources, Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church, or 1666 Coffman Condominiums Memorial Fund.


Kenneth J. Osborn

Kenneth J. Osborn (51), chief, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Southwest Geographic Science Team in Sacramento passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2004, from complications of a recent stroke and heart attack. Osborn attended junior college in Hayward, California, and then began his Federal service with the U.S. Air Force in March 1972, during the Vietnam War. He served in Hawaii in communications where he worked as a cryptographer and later as a weapons systems &reconnaissance officer.

In November1975, Osborn accepted a position with the U.S. Geological Survey, Topographic Division in Menlo Park, California. Osborn’s career highlights include high visibility topographic field engineering and mapping projects, such as the Mt. Saint Helens pre and post eruption surveys; Terrain Studies on the Nevada Test Site; The Great Salt Lake Flooding and the West Desert Pumping Projects. Management positions held with the USGS have included: USGS Liaison to the USDA Forest Service; Chief of Mapping Operations at the USGS Rocky Mountain Mapping Center; Department of the Interior and USGS Program Chief for U.S.- Mexico Imagery and Mapping Program; USGS National Elevation Program Manager;USGS Program Manager for Homeland Security 133 Urban Areas Mapping Program, and until his death, as the Chief, Southwest Geographic Science Team in Sacramento.

Osborn was also directly responsible for authoring an historic aerial photography and mapping agreement with Mexico, as the Department of the Interior and USGS representative for mapping. This agreement was signed by Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and Osborn in Mexico City during the 1996 Bi-National Committee Meetings. In recognition of this endeavor, Osborn was given a Special Achievement Award by Secretary Babbitt for his outstanding efforts and accomplishments. A member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)since 2000, Osborn was the co-chair of the DEM specialty conferences held in 2001 and 2003that were sponsored by ASPRS and the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS). His work on both conferences contributed much to their success and the high quality of program presented. A member in good standing of the Jackson Elks No. 2426, Osborn attended St. Marks Methodist Church in Sacramento.

Early in Osborn’s career, he also served as a member of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team as a certified river rescue scuba diver and marine deputy. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who also loved photography. Osborn is survived by his parents, Robert J. and Lola S. Osborn; and his three children,daughter Lisa Marie Gavino, son, Evan Lloyd Osborn, and daughter Julie Anne Osborn; son-in-law Jason Gavino; grandson Tristan Angelo Gavino; and sisters Melissa Elaine Vagujhelyiand Roberta J. Trumm. A celebration of Osborn’s life took place on Saturday, March 13, 2004,at Calvary Chapel in Pine Grove, California. Interment was at Amador Memorial Cemetery. As a tribute to Osborn’s career in mapping, the USGS is researching plans to place a permanent Benchmark at his gravesite to be labeled “Osborn 2004”. This mapping “eternal flame” will honor the achievements and legacy of Osborn’s mark on his profession.

Osborn Memorial Scholarship Award

Osborn’s love for surveying and mapping (“all things geospatial”) will be honored and perpetuated in the form of a scholarship for students who are seeking to enter the profession. ASPRS will manage the Osborn Memorial Scholarship Award for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The Award will be presented annually to recognize a student’s academic achievements in geospatial science, information, and technology, as well as, their activities demonstrating skill in communications and collaboration— personal attributes that Osborn demonstrated so very well. The Northern California Region of ASPRS will administer the selection process for the Award. The Region expects to give the award for the first time in 2005. Those wishing to contribute to Osborn’s scholarship fund, should send them to:

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
Ken Osborn Memorial Scholarship Fund
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210
Bethesda, MD 20814-2160


Ralph R. Root
May, 1945 – January, 2004

by Maury Nyquist

Ralph R. Root effortlessly made his way into the hearts and minds of everyone he met. No matter what role he took in their lives – colleague, scientist, musician, teacher, mentor, husband, parent, grandparent, or punmeister – Ralph was an encouraging friend to all.

After 30 years of distinguished service to the National Park Service, National Biological Service, and the US Geological Survey, Dr. Ralph R. Root, 58 years old, died January 17, 2004 following a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife - Charlotte, two children – Rachel and John, granddaughter– Rory, and brother - Fred.

Root was born on May 27, 1945 in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. His parents encouraged his love for music with piano and organ lessons and he sang in the school choir. Root enrolled in Allegheny College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1967. After graduating, Root went on to earn a master’s degree in Geology and Geophysics from Indiana University in 1969. After a two-year stint with Chevron Oil Company as an exploration geologist he headed to Colorado State University, where in 1974 he earned his PhD in remote sensing of natural resources with a minor in ecology and hydrology. His dissertation involved producing a landcover classification of the first Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS; later renamed Landsat) scene collected over Yellowstone National Park (NP).

Root’s government career took off on January 6, 1974, when he accepted a job with the National Park Service (NPS), Denver Service Center (DSC) as an environmental specialist producing environmental impact statements. From 1975 to 1981 he worked in several different locations and positions. He was in the NPS Alaska Office for two years gathering information concerning geologic features, mining, and oil and gas exploration for proposed new national parks and extensions to existing parks. Then he moved back to Denver as a member of the National Landmarks Program, where he spent two years coordinating research contracts for studies of nationally significant landforms throughout the US. The last two years of this period he spent in the DSC Environmental Investigations Unit providing documentation of mining impacts in parks throughout the US and on proposed new areas under consideration by Congress for inclusion into the NPS. Root also prepared large-scale geologic baseline data for parks and analyzed effects of acid rain on cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde NP.

In 1981 Root began working in the DSC Remote Sensing Branch. Over the next four years he worked on numerous research, development, and applications projects that demonstrated the utility of the newly emerging geospatial technologies to provide data and analyses for improved planning and management of the National Parks and their resources. From the successes of these activities, in 1985 the Branch was expanded and reorganized into a headquarters office– the GIS Division. Over the next nine years the Division was involved in developing databases, performing analyses, and rapidly expanding the use of geospatial technologies throughout the NPS. During that period the NPS went from just a few installations to well over 100 in parks and program offices. During that same period Root performed a plethora of activities including, but not limited to photointerpretation, image processing, data base development, GIS applications, remote sensing research and publication, the installation, administration and operation of numerous different hardware, software and operating system configuration, training others on different systems and applications software, ongoing technical support and helping develop guidelines, policies, and standards.

In 1993 the GIS Division was transferred to the newly establish National Biological Service (NBS) to provide leadership in geospatial technologies to the new agency and was renamed the Technology Transfer Center (TTC). In 1996 the NBS became the Biological Resources Division of the US Geological Survey and TTC became the Center for Biological Informatics (CBI). During this rollercoaster ride of reorganizations, realignments, and redirections, Root’s career activities scaled back to a more reasonable level of concentration on geospatial applications, especially the USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program, and the newly emerging Internet technologies. At this time Root implemented the first Internet, world wide web, and email capabilities at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) headquarters and was appointed and served for several years as chair of the newly established ASPRS Electronic Communications Committee.

Starting in 2001 Root worked the last years of his career in the USGS Rocky Mt. Mapping Center’s Research Applications and Technology (RTA) Branch, primarily focusing his research on the use of different remote sensing systems for fire fuels, fire effects, and invasive plant species mapping. Over the last ten years of his career Root also found the time to serve as a geology instructor at Colorado Christian College and give graduate seminars and serve on a PhD committee for a remote sensing student at Colorado State University.

During his career Root received numerous awards and letters of commendation, such as the “Barrier Breaker Award” from Glacier National Park in 1989 and a letter of gratitude for establishing a GIS Lab in 1994 at the Wildlife Institute of India. He impacted many lives through his work in parks and other areas throughout the nation and the world. Root’s immense dedication and enthusiasm for his work earned him the deep respect of his colleagues. After 30 years of service, Root was honored for his career with the establishment of an award created in his name. The USGS Ralph R. Root Award for Remote Sensing will be given annually to a recipient with career accomplishments that exemplify those of Root.

Highlights of Root’s career are only a small part of the person he was. An accurate characterization of Root’s persona and his life is not as straight forward, because he was such a complete and versatile individual. He was a highly competent and accomplished scientist (remote sensing and geospatial technologies, geology, computer and information technologies, and ecology), a dedicated conservationist and outdoors enthusiast, an accomplished musician (piano, organ, and vocal), an outstanding teacher and caring mentor, a deeply spiritual and religious person, a devoted family man, a loyal and caring friend, and an unabashed punster. Nevertheless the hallmarks of his life were devotion to excellence, service, teaching, and mentoring. The excellence component speaks for itself with his mastery of so many different scientific and technical areas, but it also involves his accomplishment as a musician, even to the extent that he became a certified piano tuner, in part, to better understand the qualities of the instrument. The service component speaks to his always “going forth and doing good” and “going the extra mile” while doing so. It applied to his career work, his volunteer activities, his teaching and mentoring, and his interpersonal relationships with everyone. The teaching and mentoring component is deeply intertwined with the service component, but also speaks to his real devotion to helping others understand often difficult and complex processes or concepts. He had a wonderful ability to present concepts in a variety of ways in order to ensure comprehension. Root’s teaching was enhanced by his Job-like patience. “Give a man fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” was one of Root’s favorite sayings. Root’s mentoring activities were one of many examples of his practicing the Golden Rule.

In an age when most people’s lives are remembered by the size of the footprints they leave, Root chose to tread lightly. While Root’s tender mark is upon the hearts of those he touched with his gentle spirit, the mark of his professional endeavors is nevertheless writ large across the landscapes he helped conserve.


Philip Guss

Philip Guss passed away at home in Reston, Virginia on January 4, 2004. He was 83 years old.

Guss retired from the US Geological Survey (USGS) in January, 1995 as program manager for Data Acquisition with the National Cartographic Information Center (NCIC), responsible for collecting, organizing and disseminating information concerning the availability of cartographic, geographic and spatially-related earth science data in the US. He first worked for USGS prior to his enlistment in the Navy during World War II in 1944. After the war, he joined Lockwood, Kessler and Bartlett, Inc. where he worked for 27 years as a program manager for multidisciplinary engineering, urban planning and environmental studies that integrated in-house engineering, mapping and surveying services with inputs from physical and biological scientists, architects and urban planners. He also coordinated legal services for them in support of clients before regulatory agencies and in court, serving as an expert witness. Guss then re-joined USGS in 1977.

After World War II, Guss served in the Naval Reserves through 1968, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and saw additional military service during the Korean Conflict and the capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo. In addition, his adjunct teaching experience included graduate-level lecturing at the Polytechnic Institute of New York in urban transportation planning and environmental planning, and courses taught at C.W. Post College of Long Island University.

Born in New York City and a graduate of City College of New York with a BS in biology and earth science, Guss joined ASPRS in 1965. He was a P.E in Massachusetts and a Certified Photogrammetrist (ASPRS). He was a Fellow, ASCE; a member Emeritus (ASPRS); and a past member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

In 1941 he married Sylvia Ione Loebel, with whom he lived until her death in 1991. He is survived by their two children, Deborah Katz and Daniel Ezra Guss.


Paul Frederick Hopkins
26 May, 1955 – 29 July, 2003

“ Live to ski, ski to live.”

On July 29, 2003 our community lost a distinguished colleague, a devoted family man, and a good friend in Paul Frederick Hopkins. At the age of 48, Paul died suddenly after collapsing on campus.

Paul was born May 26, 1955 in Tarryville, Connecticut, and graduated in 1977 with a BS degree in Forestry with high distinction from the University of Maine at Orono. In 1979 he joined the Faculty of Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) as an assistant professor. Paul received his MS in photogrammetry and remote sensing from ESF in 1980. He took a leave of absence from 1984 to 1986 to work on his PhD in Civil and Environment Engineering (digital photogrammetry and remote sensing) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after which he returned to ESF. Paul was granted tenure in 1987 and completed his PhD in 1992. In 1993 he was appointed director of ESF’s Council for Geospatial Modeling and Analysis, which coordinates cross-disciplinary activities related to mapping and GIS. Paul was promoted to associate professor in 1994, and then full professor in 1999.

With regard to Paul’s professional career, Tom Lillesand writes:

I first met Paul some 25 year ago when I was on the faculty at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He was just starting graduate school at that time but it was clear that he had a passion for photogrammetry and remote sensing. With time, this passion came to include teaching, research, and substantial professional service.

Paul’s research contributions were equally broad and impressive. His PhD research here at Wisconsin dealt with dynamic modeling for photogrammetric processing of SPOT satellite imagery, which was consistent with his keen interest in the geometric (and radiometric) integrity of remotely sensed data. Through the years Paul made substantial contributions particularly in the area of the application of airborne and satellite imagery to forest management. He received support for his research program from multiple sources (e.g., US Forest Service, National Science Foundation, and state and county agencies).

Paul was currently involved in a NOAA-funded project that was using remote sensing to study cyanobacteria in the Great Lakes and was directing a NASA-funded project that considered technical and policy issues in using remote sensing for forest management. In recent years he directed a project that studied the application of radar imagery for forest classification and he was involved in numerous projects considering the application of GIS to a range of areas.

Paul derived great pleasure in communicating the benefits of the mapping sciences to anyone who would listen. He was able and willing to teach everything from elementary surveying and map interpretation to remote sensing and GIS at levels from undergraduate through advanced graduate. Paul made frequent presentations and encouraged his students to present papers and posters at conferences, symposia, workshops and meetings including those hosted by ASPRS, CNY ASPRS, and the American societies of Agricultural Engineering, Fisheries, Foresters, and others. He was particularly proud of the work he directed at ESF through the NASA-funded Affiliated Research Center – a program focused on the exploration and development of a broad range of commercial applications of remote sensing and related geospatial technologies. Through this center, Paul was able to work with a range of people to help them to better use imagery and spatial information.

Paul was also a good friend to ASPRS and a member since 1977. At the National level, his service included chairmanship of the Strategic Planning and Membership Committees, and core and charter membership in the Electronic Communications Committee. He ran for Vice-President in 1993, was the National Director from the Central New York (CNY) Region from 1987 to 1993, and served on the Executive Committee from 1989 to 1993. Paul was vice-president of the CNY Region, twice President, and a long time member of the Region Council. He contributed original research and other articles to PE&RS and recruited many students and professionals to the Society. Paul helped establish and direct the New York State GIS Conference, of which CNY ASPRS is a co-sponsor. Paul was also instrumental in establishing the William Johnson Memorial Fund, along with Bill’s parents. Bill and Paul were good friends, and together they played an important role as part of the ESF support that has helped sustain the CNY Region through the years.

Paul was a 20-year member of the Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, and a dedicated Boy Scout leader. He was a Merit Badge Counselor for the Hiawatha Council for skiing, orienteering, surveying, forestry, and environmental science. Paul would often talk about the many Boy Scout trips he attended with his sons Eric and Ryan, including trips to Philmont Scout Ranch and the National Jamboree.

An avid hiker and backpacker, Paul was also a sports fan. Even when the boys were young, Paul and his wife, Chris, would pack up all their baby equipment, including coolers, to go watch a Syracuse Chiefs game. Eric and Ryan have both grown up to be fine baseball players, even pretty good pitchers. Paul always made the time to get to as many of their games as possible. He was proud of their accomplishments and abilities, even when they lost. He made sure we all knew their latest statistics and bragged about their deeds. Of course, Paul was also thrilled when his favorite basketball team, the SU Orangemen, finally became NCAA National Champions this year, a dream for 25 years.

But perhaps Paul’s greatest legacy is the example he set as a devoted husband, father, and friend. Those who knew and worked with Paul understood that priorities would be arranged in winter to accommodate his family’s weekly ski outings on the local hills. His email signature “Live to Ski, Ski to Live” was not simply about skiing, but reflected Paul’s philosophy of life. You soon realized that he integrated the separate parts of his life – outdoors, scouts, mapping, work, students, family and skiing. Paul opened his life to those outside of his family, and always made others welcome. The Hopkins’ house was often filled with Paul’s friends and graduate students, sharing a meal, playing pool or just talking. Family, work and community – he lived each aspect of his life to the fullest; successfully intertwining all his time, talents and devotions.

We hope you will take a moment to remember Paul, his integrity, kindness and gentlemanly demeanor.

Paul is survived by: his wife Christine M. Hopkins; his sons, Eric and Ryan Hopkins; his parents, Ronald and Joyce Hopkins of Searsport, MA; brother and sister-in-law, Grant and Lisa Hopkins; sister and brother-in-law, Tammy Hopkins and David Comlin; his mother-inlaw, Nancy Bown of Winslow, ME; sister-in-law, Gwyneth Bown; brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Beth Bown; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. In memory of Paul, his family has asked that contributions may be made to either:

ESF College Foundation, Inc.
For: The William Johnson Mapping Sciences Fund
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY
13210-277

or

The Boy Scouts of America
Hiawatha-Seaway Council
113 Twin Oaks Drive,
Syracuse, NY
13206-1205

Prepared by CNY ASPRS with thanks for contributions from Tom Lillesand and SUNYESF President Cornelius Murphy, and Brenda Greenfield and Karen Welch in the SUNY-ESF College Foundation


Dr. Robert “Bob” Aangeenbrug

Dr. Robert “Bob” Aangeenbrug, 67, of Gulfport, Florida, died May 15, 2003 while visiting in Lawrence, Kansas. He was born in Sassenheim, Netherlands, October 9th 1935, and came to the United States as a child. He earned his B.S. from Central Connecticut State College in 1958, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 and 1965. Aangeenbrug had a distinguished career including service as an assistant professor at Boston University, professor in the Geography-Meteorology Department at the University of Kansas from 1965-1985, and as a professor and chair of the Department of Geography at the University of South Florida. He was the Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers from 1984-1989. One of the pioneers in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), he lectured at the Harvard Laboratory for Computer Graphics in the 1960s and directed the Wichita Falls Urban Information Systems Project from 1970-1973. In 1980 he served as project director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Mapping Project. He also served as president of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and as president of the National Computer Graphics Association (NCGA). Survivors include Mimi, his wife of 42 years; three daughters, five siblings and five grandchildren.


Gilbert L. Hobrough

Gilbert L. Hobrough, an ASPRS member and winner of the 1960 Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award, died in January of 2002.


Vern W. Cartwright 1922-2003

Vern W. Cartwright, 80, of Sacramento, California, died January 12, 2003 of gastric cancer. An ASPRS member since 1948, Cartwright served the Society as ASPRS president in 1977. Cartwright began his life-long photographic career in the U.S. Navy as a reconnaissance photographer and photo interpreter during World War II. Following his discharge in 1946, he started his own commercial photography business as a stringer for several California newspapers, in addition to the AP and UPI wire services. Later, he purchased a plane and learned to fly. By 1955, Cartwright Aerial Surveys specialized in aerial photography and mapping. Cartwright held many appointed positions during his career. He was appointed to the Engineers Advisory Board by then California Governor Ronald Reagan; he served as the Public Member to the California State Board of Control for eight years; in 1978 he was invited to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference to review U.S. Armed Forces capabilities; and, he was appointed to the Land Remote Sensing Satellite Advisory Committee to evaluate satellite systems for sale to the private sector. Cartwright Aerial Surveys was sold in 1989, but Cartwright remained active in the mapping industry, manufacturing aerial film annotation systems. Memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, California 95817.


(Forrest) Steve DeMartino

Woolpert LLP GIS Group Manager (Forrest) Steve DeMartino was killed in an airplane crash on January 8, 2003, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was traveling to the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport on company business when his plane crashed shortly after takeoff. DeMartino managed the application development and project management groups for Woolpert’s geographic information services division. He used a team development philosophy that emphasized staff improvement, a dynamic problem-solving process, and effective communication among production groups. In DeMartino’s three and one-half years at Woolpert, he helped design multiple geographic information system projects, coordinate business process reengineering exercises and develop web-based application interfaces. DeMartino published several technology-based articles, and prior to joining Woolpert, he directed a beta test site for digital mapping scanners. DeMartino earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Dayton. DeMartino was an avid photographer, naturalist, and preservationist. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca J. Edgerton, also a Woolpert GIS group manager.


Lloyd L. Rall

Lloyd L. Rall, 86, an Army colonel who retired in 1972 as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s assistant director of mapping, charting, and geodesy (DIAMC), died January 8 at Goodwin House West in Falls Church, Virginia of complications related to prostate cancer. Rall began his Army career before World War II in the U.S. Corps of Engineers. During the war, he helped build airfields on Pacific islands. Later he served in Japan, France and Germany and helped organize the Geodesy Intelligence and Mapping Research and Development Activity (GIMRADA) at Fort Belvoir where he served as Commander and Director from July of 1964 until January of 1966. GIMRADA was the forerunner of the U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories (ETL) and today’s U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center (TEC). He was a colonel who most people credit with orchestrating the creation of the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) in 1972, overcoming objections from Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force 4-star generals who objected to the formation of DMA. Rall saw the need for a joint mapping agency when each of the services had their own mapping component and insisted they must each keep their own mapping organization to service their mapping needs. He was a professor of military science and tactics at the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in the late 1950s, and he assisted in the construction of the Chief Joseph Dam in the Kootenai River in the Columbia River system. He was highly respected by all who worked with him, and he epitomized the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. He served as role model and mentor for other personnel in the mapping profession. Rall’s military decorations included a Legion of Merit with oak-leaf cluster and a Bronze Star. Following his retirement from the military, Rall became Washington director of ITEK Corp., engaged in the building of space camera systems. He retired from ITEK in 1991. Rall was a member of ASPRS from 1980 through 1992. His wife, Mary Moller Rall, died in 2001. Survivors include four sons, Lauris G.W. Rall of Rye, N.Y.; Dr. David L.A. Rall of Reading, Mass.; Dr. Christopher J.N. Rall of Marshfield, Wis.; and, Dr. Jonathan A.R. Rall of College Park, MD.; and five grandsons.


Paul R. Wolf
June 13, 1934 - March 6, 2002

"It's not what you take in life, it's what you give."

Dr. Paul R. Wolf, age 67, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2002, peacefully at home, following a courageous battle with prostate cancer. Wolf was born June 13, 1934 in Mazomanie, Wisconsin. He graduated from Mazomanie High School and served in the U.S. Army in Japan for 2 years. Later, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1960.

Wolf began his career as a highway engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, then joined the UW-Madison as an instructor in 1963, and completed his master's (1965) and doctoral (1967) degrees in the area of surveying and analytical photogrammetry. In 1967, he joined the civil engineering faculty at the University of California-Berkeley. In 1970, he returned to continue his teaching career at his alma mater. He was known as an extremely gifted teacher and mentor, and enjoyed a wonderful relationship with his students; not only as "teacher-to-student," but as "friend-to-friend." Virtually all of his approximately 50 graduate students now hold distinguished positions in education, government, and business throughout the world. Wolf's global impact on education in the broad fields of surveying, mapping and photogrammetry was also accomplished through his authorship of multiple editions of three standard-setting textbooks on these subjects: Elements of Photogrammetry (with B.A. Dewitt), Elementary Surveying (with R.C. Brinker and C. D. Ghilani), and Adjustment Computations: Statistics and Least Squares in Surveying and GIS (with C. D. Ghilani). These books have been translated and published internationally in several foreign languages.

From 1979 until his retirement in 1993, Wolf was head of the Surveying, Photogrammetry, and Remote Sensing Division at UW-Madison. In "retirement," he continued his extensive writing activities and working as a consultant, becoming an internationally recognized expert in accident reconstruction and forensic applications of surveying and photogrammetry. He was a frequently invited lecturer to a variety of professional and academic programs around the world.

Over the years, Wolf published over 120 research papers and received numerous professional awards, honors, research fellowships and citations from various professional organizations. These included the Keuffel & Esser Surveying Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Geometronics Fellowship, the Cubic Corp. Fellowship, the Bausch and Lomb Research Award, the Talbert Abrams Scientific Developments in Photogrammetry Award, the Earle J. Fennel Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession of Surveying, the Surveying and Mapping Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the UW College of Engineering Alumni Teaching Quality Award, and the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors Honorary Award for Educational Contributions.

Even though he was busy with his teaching, writing, and lecturing, Wolf found time to participate in ASPRS activities. He served as Charter President of the Wisconsin Chapter of ASP, was Chairman of the Nomenclature Committee, authored chapter 19 of the Manual of Photogrammetry Fourth Edition, served as National Director of the Great Lakes and Western Great Lakes Region for six years, was on the Compass Committee for three years, was ASPRS Representative to Commission VI of ISPRS from 1972 to 1980, ran for ASPRS Vice President in 1982, attended every ISPRS meeting since 1972, and was Chair of Working Group-3 of ISPRS Commission VI (Education in Photogrammetry) from 1976 to 1980.

Wolf was a devout member of his church and especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family, friends, and faithful dog Gracie. He was also an avid fisherman, wood worker and gardener, and loved spending time at his cabin near Minocqua. To friends who visited his home, he regularly sent along a jar of Professor Paul's Perfect Pickles.

Aside from family, Wolf's greatest pride was for the accomplishments of his students. He subscribed to the philosophy that "All members of society bear responsibility for educating our young people, not just professors and teachers. All members of society benefit from well-educated students to replenish our ranks in all professions, and engineering is certainly no exception."

Paul Wolf will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife Lynn, and his children Paul (Ann), Timothy (Pam), Jodie, his stepchildren, Lane (Ellen), Kara (Dave) and Marc (Karen), 9 grandchildren, 6 siblings: Frank (Eva), John (Alena), Mary, Josephine, June, and Lucille (Don), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Gertrude Wolf, his baby sister Ellen Gertrude and brother Leonard. Wolf often said, "It's not what you take in life, it's what you give."

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation for the Paul R. Wolf Professorship, P.O. Box 8860, Madison, WI 53708 - contact 608-263-4545.


James W. "Daddy Jim" Bailey, Sr.,
1942-2001

James W. "Daddy Jim" Bailey, Sr., 58, died on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at High Point Regional Hospital. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, December 28, 1942, Bailey was the son of John and Christine Williams Bailey. He graduated from William High School in Burlington, and attended NC State. An ASPRS member for 18 years, Bailey was a photogrammetrist, professional land surveyor, and the proprietor of Southern Aerial Mapping and Daddy Jim’s Comics. A former Scout Master at Vandalia Presbyterian Church, he also coached a teen softball team for six years and was tournament organizer for W.O.T.C. Bailey dedicated his life to the betterment of teens and even in death he gave of himself.

Surviving are his wife, Tywanna Bailey of High Point; two daughters, Venetia Christine "Chrissy" Bailey (11) and Susan Michelle Baker; two sons, James Bailey and his wife Beverly and Jeffery Todd Bailey and his wife Ida; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Alicia, Kelli, Alex, Carla Jo, J.T. and Summer; one sister, Judy Lynn Blackmon; one niece and nephew; and, his former wife Johnnie Delissio.

A memorial service was held at the Harold C. Davis Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be made to the Care and College Fund for Chrissy Bailey c/o P.O. Box 2593, High Point, NC 27262.


Eldon C. "Red" Wagner
1914-2001

Eldon C. "Red" Wagner passed away at Oakwood Village in Madison, Wisconsin on May 16, 2001 at the age of 86. "Red," as he was called by all who knew him, was a professor of surveying and photogrammetry in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1936 through his retirement in 1978.

Red was born on a farm in Hillsboro, Wisconsin in 1914 and moved to Madison in 1928. He graduated from Madison West High School in 1932, and received his BS degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1936. He was then appointed as an Instructor of Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed his graduate work and continued to teach there until 1941 when he entered the U. S. Army during World War II. In 1937, Red married the love of his life, his dear Roselyn. They enjoyed 63 wonderful years together, until Roselyn passed away in January, 2000. They were almost inseparable partners, and deeply in love till the end. Together they raised two wonderful children, Sally Wagner Seinwill and The Reverend Tom Wagner. At his passing, Red had four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

During the war, Red served in the North African and European Theatres, heading a topographic mapping battalion that compiled maps for the allied forces. In this effort, he used aerial photographs and a relatively new science called photogrammetry. Upon returning to Wisconsin after the war, he immediately introduced the first course in photogrammetry into the surveying and mapping curriculum at Wisconsin. Under Red’s direction, the surveying and photogrammetry program at Wisconsin grew to become one of the most renowned in the United States. It attracted students from around the world, and produced graduates who became professors of surveying and mapping at universities throughout the United States and the world, and others who became leaders in surveying and mapping businesses and government organizations.

Red was an active member of many professional organizations. Among them were the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education. Within these organizations he held many offices including president, secretary, and director, and he worked tirelessly on many of their committees. Over the years Red received many awards in recognition of his valuable and dedicated service to the surveying profession. Perhaps his two most prestigious awards were the "Earle J. Fennel Award for Outstanding Contributions in Surveying Education" given by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and the "Surveying and Mapping Award" — the highest honor bestowed by the Surveying and Mapping Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Among his other awards were several outstanding teaching awards given by the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering. He also received the "Engineer of the Year" award from the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, and many awards from the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors for his outstanding service.

Although Red was involved in many different professional activities, perhaps his most significant contributions were made to the practice of land surveying in Wisconsin. He was instrumental in founding the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors, a professional organization dedicated to the improvement of land surveying in Wisconsin. Red worked continuously throughout his career to strengthen and broaden the service that professional land surveyors extend to society. He played a major role in drafting the original legislation requiring the registration of Land Surveyors, and he assisted in drafting the sub-division legislation that is now a part of the Wisconsin statutes. He advised the Registration Board on matters related to land surveying, and he prepared and graded the registration examinations for many years. He also presented many workshops, especially on the subjects of photogrammetry and state plane coordinates, when these important topics were new and understood by few. All of this was done without remuneration. It is doubtful that any one person could ever match the contributions to surveying in Wisconsin that were made by Red Wagner.

Following are a few testimonials from former students, colleagues and associates of Red’s that illustrate the high regard in which he was held by those associated with him. Some of these testimonials were given in letters of recommendation some years ago, and others were just received. A former student and colleague said: "I have known Red for 25 years. In a quiet and unpretentious way he gave freely of his time and talents to update and modernize the practice of engineering. At all times his judgements have been tempered with wisdom and time-tested experience." A former colleague said: "Red was always a smiling person, kind and gentle. I shall always remember him as a wonderful colleague." And another colleague said: "All aspects of Red Wagner’s career, academic and professional, were outstanding and reflect the brilliance of a very talented, but modest, person."

A former president of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors had this to say: "Red’s influence as a professional and as a gentleman, has had an immeasurable impact on Wisconsin surveyors. Without him many of us would probably not be professional land surveyors today." The Chief of Engineering Services of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said: "Through the years we have consulted with Red on many occasions. He always gave freely of his time and knowledge for the betterment of the people of the State of Wisconsin. He always made us feel welcome — never hesitating in the least to help. And his advice was always of the highest professional character in keeping with his personal tradition of high standards which he always demonstrated at the University of Wisconsin." The chief of the topographic division of the U. S. Geological Survey said: "Professor Wagner always brought to his profession an attitude of friendliness, cooperation and good cheer. This, added to the realization of his high professional attainments, made it a pleasure to work with him and be his friend."

A memorial on the life of Red Wagner would not be complete without mention of the summer surveying camps which he directed throughout his tenure at the University of Wisconsin. They were first held at Devils Lake State Park, and later at Taylor Lake in the Chequamegon National Forest of northern Wisconsin. During the camps, Red and his dear Roselyn worked together as a team, with Red directing the instructional program while Rosie planned the meals and handled many other tasks. It was hard work for both of them, but it was also rewarding, and they both truly loved the experiences. Although some new theory was taught at the camps, their principal thrust was to provide students with practical experience in a civil engineering job-like situation. Red truly believed that this was an extremely important element in engineering education. Most students agreed, although for some it took a few years for them to appreciate what they had gained. Even today at gatherings of Wisconsin Civil Engineering alumni, summer camp experiences are often the most common topic of conversation, with former students praising the value of their experiences there.

Through the years, many good times were shared between Red and his students and associates. These included student picnics with hamburgers and brats, and of course softball games between faculty and students. Those of us involved in those experiences will long remember Red standing on the mound, and the antics he would sometimes go through in delivering pitches. And the students never seemed to be able to master his pitching skills. In remembering Red it would be sinful not to mention his great gift as a story teller. His favorite, and everyone else’s too, was the story of a little snake with a lisp in his hiss who frequently practiced hissing in the pit of his neighbor, Mrs. Potts. And who could ever forget Red’s patented whistle, which just added to the drama of his stories.

Although this last year was a difficult one for Red, he never lost his great sense of humor, his wonderful smile, or his faith in God. And his trademark, that beautiful red hair, never changed its color right up to the end. Though small in stature, Red Wagner had a huge heart. There is no doubt that the world is a better place today because he lived in it.

By Paul R. Wolf


Merton E. Davies

Merton E. Davies, 83, a member of ASPRS since 1958, died April 17 in Santa Monica, California. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Davies grew up in Palo Alto, California. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in mathematics in 1937. He went on to become a math instructor at the University of Nevada. In 1940, Davies joined Douglas Aircraft in Southern California where he was a mathematician on fighter plane projects during World War II.

After the war, Davies joined the RAND project, based in Santa Monica. He spent the rest of his career with RAND, working on satellite vehicle designs, camera designs and image interpretation. He part-nered with Amron H. Katz, a scientist from the Air Force Reconnaissance Laboratory, in 1954 to investigate the use of advanced camera and image processing systems for balloon, aircraft and satellite reconnaissance systems. In 1957, they recommended accelerated development of film-recoverable reconnaissance satellites with longer focal length lenses for improved ground resolution of imagery. During that time, Davies conceived and patented a spin-stabilized panoramic camera for Earth imaging.

Davies and Katz recommended that a recoverable space reconnaissance capsule system would enhance the Air Force’s ability to gather intelligence on the Soviet Union. Their recommendation was hotly debated by those in the military, but finally approved by President Dwight Eisenhower in early 1958. This was the beginning of the 12-year Corona satellite project, which filmed more than 800,000 images during its years of operation.

In the late 1950s, Davies served as an expert on the U.S. delegation to the Surprise Attack Conference in Geneva and wrote a section of the final report describing the detection capability from aircraft and satellites.

He also worked at the Pentagon analyzing Soviet weapons systems from the photographic evidence compiled by the Corona project and U-2 spy planes.

With the birth of the civilian space program, Davies switched his attention from reconnaissance to planetary exploration. From the late 1960s through the 1990s, he participated in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s planetary exploration program where he adapted photographic techniques to support the planetary mapping program. He also served on the Imaging Science Teams of many of the Mariner space programs, including the Mariner 6, 7 and 9 missions to Mars, and the Mariner 10 mission to Venus and Mercury.

Davies co-wrote three books: The View from Space, Atlas of Mercury and RAND’s Role in the Evolution of Balloon and Satellite Observation Systems and Related U.S. Space Technology.

Davies retired from RAND in 1998. Last September, he was honored by the National Reconnaissance Office as one of 10 scientists who had made significant and lasting contributions to his field.


John (Jack) E. Estes

Professor John (Jack) E. Estes, 61, died suddenly on March 9th, 2001 after a brief fight against cancer. His loss is deeply felt by his students, colleagues, family and friends. Professor Estes had been a member of the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) geography faculty for over 30 years. He was a great teacher, mentor, scientist and friend. He was an Emeritus Member of ASPRS, having joined the Society in 1966.

Estes had been at UC Santa Barbara since 1969 and was a professor of Geography and the director of the Geography Remote Sensing Research Unit. His primary research interests revolved around the fundamental and applied aspects of the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technology for the analysis of Earth resources. His teaching included courses and seminars in remote sensing, GIS, field research techniques and regional courses on the Soviet Union, the world’s arid lands, the United States, and California.

Estes had extensive experience in the federal government and in private industry. During his tremendous career, he maintained many consulting contacts and conducted extensive contract and grant research on both the fundamental and applied aspects of the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems. This work included studies for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on land use change, crop identification, water demand modeling and advanced soil moisture conditions, among others. He also worked with the U.S. Forest Service on fire fuels monitoring and modeling; and the United States Geological Survey and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the detection of marine oil pollution. Work conducted for other federal agencies included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense, emphasizing hazard and pollution detection and modeling and resources management. Estes recently worked successfully toward implementing NASA’s WORF, an optical quality window in the International Space Station that allows remote sensing and that was successfully tested on the last Space Shuttle mission; and the Global Map project, for which he chaired the International Steering Committee.

As an outgrowth of his research, Estes published widely. He has over 250 publications ranging from his work on the detection, identification and monitoring of marine oil spills, to the analysis of agricultural crop identification and water demand determination and urban expansion, to the preservation of biological diversity and monitoring environmental pollution, to the development of advanced image analysis procedures and the integration of remote sensing, information systems and expert systems.

A celebration of Estes’s career was held Tuesday, April 17th. In honor his countless contributions to UCSB and to keep alive his memory, colleagues in the Geography Department have established the Jack Estes Memorial Fund for Graduate Students at UCSB. This fund will support many future generations of outstanding graduate students in Geography at UCSB.

Those who wish to contribute, should make their checks payable to The UCSB Foundation and send to:

The Jack Estes Memorial Fund
Department of Geography
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


Richard L. Graville

Richard L. Graville, 52, of Caldwell, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, in a snowmobile accident near the Deadwood Reservoir in Valley County. A memorial service was held March 20, in Caldwell. Graville was born Feb. 4, 1949, in Eugene, Ore. He graduated from Junction City High School in 1968, then attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon, attaining a bachelor of science degree in 1974. Graville worked as an aerial photographer for WAC Corp. in the Eugene area for 10 years, then moved to Caldwell, Idaho, to start his own aerial photography business, Valley Air Photos, in 1985. He designed his own hangar and unique photo lab, located at the Caldwell Airport. Graville was well-known and respected in the Northwest photogrammetry industry. He had been a member of ASPRS since 1983.

Using his life to serve others, Graville particularly enjoyed his responsibilities in the AWANA club at First Baptist Church, where he was known as "Mr. G." He shared his love of the snowy remote areas of Idaho with the church youth group, allowing many teens to drive and ride his snowmobiles and taking them along with him on trail rides. On the day of his death, he was riding with his son Kevin, 19, and a friend.

Graville is survived by his wife, Cathy; son, Kevin; daughter, Lori; mother, Florence; sister, Donna Annis; and brother, Jerry. He was preceded in death by his father, Windsor Graville.


Ian McHarg

Ian McHarg, 80, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 40 years, died March 5, of pulmonary disease at Chester County Hospital. His groundbreaking ideas on the environment helped transform the way development occurs.

McHarg, who founded the landscape architecture and regional planning department at Penn in 1954, became a darling of the "ecology freaks," particularly after the 1969 publication of his book Design With Nature, which exhorted designers to conform to, rather than compete with, nature. McHarg was a force for change in the field of landscape architecture, and his ideas were implemented in small communities and large cities throughout the world, from Medford in the Pinelands to Nigeria’s capital, Abouja. Before the age of Greenpeace and recycling, he developed what became known as McHarg’s Method, in which planners inventory every level of detail about a place, from the rock layers to the vegetation to the hydrology - and then take this into account when developing the site. This method is the basis for computer-run geographic information systems.


DAVID ROY (DAVE) HOCKING
August 1920 – November 2000

David Roy Hocking was the eldest surviving son of Olive and Fred Hocking of Ivanhoe. His mother was the English bride of an AIF soldier of the Great War. His father served on Gallipoli and was badly wounded at Pozieres in 1916.

A love of adventure instilled by the scouting movement was complemented by a natural sporting ability and applied to his schooling, the trials of the Depression and service in the Second World War.

He commenced work in 1936 with Woodall-Duckham, Civil Engineers, as junior draftsman, and attended night school at Melbourne Technical College (now RMIT University).

Although in a priority, or reserved occupation, he joined the AIF in 1940 (VX18087). He served with 2/1 Survey Regiment in Palestine, Syria and Transjordan and then with 2/7 Survey Battery in Papua New Guinea. Later he transferred to 2/6 Commando Squadron for the hard fought battle of Balikpapan in Borneo. He attributed his early interest in survey and mapping and the need for accurate reporting to his service in the AIF with the Survey Units.

After the war he could again play the cricket he loved and resumed working within the Scouting movement. As Rover Leader with 2nd Ivanhoe Group, Dave shared with many young men his love of the great outdoors, especially of the Bogong High Plains.

In 1948 he commenced a 37-year career with the Commonwealth Government Department of National Mapping (NATMAP) as field assistant surveyor. Over the years, he held the following positions:

  • 1949 survey computer, OIC Field Operations;
  • 1951 surveyor Grade 2, OIC Field Operations;
  • 1953 draftsman (photogrammetric);
  • 1966 chief draftsman Grade 2 (CDO3) OIC Photogrammetric Drafting Branch;
  • 1969 surveyor Class 2 Technical Services, Special Projects, Compilation Development;
  • 1980-85 Chief Project Surveyor (Surveyor Cl 2).

In 1952 he married Iris Nattrass who also worked with NATMAP. Theirs was a loving and fruitful partnership, bearing seven children (four daughters and three sons) and nine grandchildren. The marriage precipitated the end of field work in 1953. The process of obtaining professional qualifications through study at night school and later, summer school, began. Dave obtained the Certificate of Lithography (1958) from the School of Graphic Arts (RMIT), Associate Diploma in Cartography (1965) and the Associate Diploma in Land Surveying (1970) also from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He studied photogrammetry at the University of Melbourne (1962) and in 1989 received Certificate of Competency in Surveying and became a Registered Surveyor, No.1664.

In 1965 he became the inaugural secretary and later chairman of the Executive Committee of the Australian Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Society. During the early 1980s, Dave served on industry bodies such as Surveying and Mapping Victoria (SAMVIC) and on the Australian Surveying and Mapping Industry Council (ASMIC). He was the Federal President of the Australian Institute of Cartographers, a Life Fellow of the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia (LifFMSIA), and a Member of the Institution of Surveyors (MISAust). He was also a member of the Australasian Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (AURISA), Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society of Australia (RS&PSA), The Photogrammetric Society UK, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), and the Australian Map Circle.

Dave was Australian delegate to the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congresses in 1976 (Helsinki), 1980 (Hamburg), 1984 (Rio de Janeiro), 1988 (Kyoto), deputy in 1992 in Washington, DC, and observer in 1996 in Vienna. After "retiring" in 1985, he worked 12 years for the Association of Aerial Surveyors, Australia Inc. (AASA), finishing as executive director. In all, Dave spent 62 years working in the surveying and mapping industry; continually seeking professional development, asking questions and seeking answers, writing papers and lobbying to get the various surveying and mapping professional institutions to amalgamate in order to better serve the people in the industry and the community.

Dave died of a rare disease, Amyloidosis, two years after diagnosis. He is sadly missed, especially by Iris(Nat), as a loving husband, a concerned and caring father, much loved grandfather, brother, uncle and indeed, all who knew him during his 80 years.,/

Submitted by: Peter Hocking


Garrett Carper Tewinkel

Garrett Carper Tewinkel

Garrett Carper Tewinkel, 90, of Wenatchee, Washington, died Thursday, November 18, 1999, at Parkside Care Center. Born near Spokane, Washington, he received his early education in public school. In 1932 Tewinkel received a BS in mechanical engineering from the State College of Washington (now Washington State University). He went to work for the U.S. Forest Service in Northern Idaho following graduation, and in 1935 went to work for the Soil Conservation Service of Spokane. In 1939, Tewinkel went to Syracuse University for graduate study in photogrammetry. He was awarded a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1940. He returned to work at the Soil Conservation Service for one year, then was transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington, DC.

Tewinkel joined ASPRS in 1943, served as president in 1960, was awarded the Fairchild Photogrammetric Award in 1966, and served as editor of PE&RS from 1965 to 1974. In 1972 he was named an Honorary Member of ASPRS.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Tewinkel of Wenatchee; a brother, Maurice Tewinkel of Gainesville, Florida; and a sister, May Scaroni of Lompoc, California.


Constance Babington Smith

Constance Babington Smith, 87, died July 31, 2000, in Cambridge, England. The daughter of Sir Henry Babington Smith, director of the Bank of England, and a granddaughter of the ninth Earl of Elgin, Smith was educated at home and in France. Before World War II, she was a regular contributor to The Aeroplane, England’s leading aviation magazine. A member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force for six years, she attained the rank of Flight Officer. Smith started the Aircraft Section of the Central Interpretation Unit at Medmenham and headed it until 1945. After VE-Day, she was attached to the USAAF Intelligence in Washington, DC where she continued interpretation work on photographs of the Pacific theater. She was awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of the help she gave to the U.S. Army Air Forces during their attack on the German aircraft industry. England awarded her the M.B.E.

From 1946-1950, Smith was a researcher for Life Magazine, where her major assignment was helping to assemble illustrations for the Churchill memoirs. Smith went on to author a book entitled Air Spy, initially published in 1957 and re-published by the American Society of Photogrammetry Foundation in 1985.

Donations may be given in her memory to the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies, Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambs England CB5 8BJ.


Bob Nugent 1926 -2000

When Bob Nugent died in February, our profession lost a pioneer.

Photogrammetry has seen monumental changes over the last century. Many of those advances came from contributions made by people who have a love of flying, of photography, and of cartography. Bob Nugent was one of those people. He helped shape the mapping industry.

Nugent grew up in Gresham, Oregon. His childhood was a difficult one and he spent his early teens in an orphanage. In 1942, when he was just old enough to serve, Nugent joined the Navy and became part of a submarine crew during World War II. He came out of the war with tuberculosis. Once he recovered, he got a commercial pilots license, but also spent time as a sheriff and a professional race car driver. Later, he lamented that it was easy to understand why he had such a hard time getting life insurance.

In the late fifties, Nugent stumbled into photogrammetry as a trainee. He experienced all aspects of the profession — flying, aerial photography, surveying, and stereo-compilation. In 1963, he was licensed by the State of California as a Photogrammetric Surveyor. A few years later he mapped 27,000 acres of marshland in Florida. The area is better known today as Disney World. He took on mapping jobs in Guatemala, Alaska, Panama, Costa Rica, and various parts of the U.S.

Nugent remained an avid pilot even after three airplane crashes. One of them, caused by engine failure, came over the swamps of Guatemala. It brought his plane down with 1313 engine hours on the Hobbs meter. Thirteen stitches later, Nugent was back in business.

In 1973, Nugent help found Mission Aerial Photo, part of Rick Engineering Company in San Diego. For the next 17 years, until 1990, he served as Photogrammetrist-in-Charge. His experience and knowledge paved the way for Mission Aerial’s advancement in the areas of analytical photogrammetry, aerotriangulation and orthophotography. For the past eight years, Nugent served as a consultant to San-Lo Aerial Surveys.

He was crusty and opinionated, but to those who know him well, he was also charming and giving. Wayne Brown, an old friend and co-worker, said, "In the small world of photogrammetry, it seems as if everyone over 40 knew Bob Nugent."

Nugent passed away on February 13, 2000, at the age of 74. He is survived by his son Rusty.

Submitted by Jas Arnold, PLS of Rick Engineering Company


Tamsin G. Barnes 1934-1999

Tamsin (Tammy) G. Barnes, former ASPRS President, died along with her husband William and daughter Paula in the EgyptAir 990 crash on October 31, 1999. They were among a 54-person tour group beginning a 14-day tour to the Nile region.

Tamsin Davids was born in Beloit, Wisconsin on July 18, 1934. She graduated from the University of Colorado. Following college, she met and married William Barnes. She became the sales manager for Autotrol, a computer mapping company founded by her husband. It was during her affiliation with Autotrol that Tamsin Barnes became involved with ASPRS, where she rose through the ranks to become the first woman to serve as ASPRS president, from 1985-1986.

Although Tamsin Barnes had essentially left the photogrammetry and remote sensing industry in the 1990’s to pursue other business opportunities in computer software, she had served the Society well during the 1970’s and 1980’s. ASPRS Executive Director James Plasker commented, "I had the pleasure of serving with Tammy for many years on the Rocky Mountain Region Board. She was my Exhibits chair for the 1982 Denver convention. In that position, it was her knowledge of the industry and her strong personal persuasion that convinced us to move the meeting from the hotel environment to the Denver Convention Center. That was a major change in the Society’s meeting approach at the time, was an issue of some concern at headquarters, and was in the end the single-most important reason the convention did so well financially. Tammy was like that—knew what was needed, worked hard to get it, and took little personal credit for the accomplishment. We have lost a valued colleague and influential individual in our history."

A member of the Young Republicans and several animal rights organizations, Tamsin Barnes’ other interests included her children, travelling and movies. She is survived by three daughters — Tamara Lewis, Lisa Berry, and Elizabeth Bergman. A memorial service was held in Lakewood, Colorado on November 19th.

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