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Joined Canadian Hydrographic Service
Apr 52 - Jan 55
Eastern Nova Scotia
Feb 55 - Jan
Sr. Asst., CSS Cartier
Gulf of St Lawrence
Jan 56 - 1973
Head, Quality Control Unit,
1973 - 1995
Head, Production Control and
I was born in Moncton NB in 1928. Moved to Nova
Scotia in 1929. Spent two years at St. Anne’s University, NS, studying
Business Administration. Attended the Nova Scotia Land Surveying School in
Lawrencetown, NS, where I obtained a Surveying Certificate and License in
Surveying for the Province on Nova Scotia in 1949.
From September 1949 to December 1950 I was
employed by the Federal Department of Agriculture, surveying in Nova Scotia and
New Brunswick for the rehabilitation of the marshlands.
In 1951 I spent 10 months working on the
re-building of the Goose Bay, Labrador airport facilities.
In April 1952 I joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service where
I was first a junior hydrographer on eastern Nova Scotia shore parties. Then in
1955 was promoted to senior assistant on the CSS Cartier doing standard
hydrographic surveys in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
In Feb. 1956 I was appointed to head the Quality Control Unit
in the Cartographic Section in Ottawa. Here in 1970 I was a key player in
selecting a new format for the CHS bilingual nautical charts. Served two years
(1972 and 1974) on the board of the Cartographic Advisory Committee for
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ottawa.
In 1973 was promoted to Head of Production Control and
Standards for nautical charts and retained this position until my retirement in
February 1985, after 34 years of public service. In 1975 I produced the first
bilingual "Manual of Cartographic Terminology" as a reference guide
for the production of bilingual charts. Also served in an acting capacity, as
Head of the Quebec Region Chart Production for 7 months in 1978 and in
Dartmouth, NS, for four months in 1981. I was Acting Director of Cartography for
a period in 1983.
After retirement I operated a successful
consulting service from 1985 to 1997.
In February 1999 I Joined the "Friends of
Hydrography" volunteer group, a group recording hydrographic data for