Retired U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Capt. Henry W. Hemple, 89, who ended his 35-year career with the Survey in 1952 as chief of the division of geodesy, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He lived in Washington.
Capt. Hemple received his commission in the Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps, a predecessor of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in 1917. He was named chief of the geodesy division in 1945.
He received both the Commerce Department's Exceptional Service Gold Medal and a distinguished service award from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Capt. Hemple was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and reared in Chicago. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1916.
He was a founding member and former treasurer of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, a former treasurer of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers.
His memberships included the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Washington Society of Engineers and Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church.
Capt. Hemple's wife of 35 years, the former Isabel Dowling, died in 1956.
Survivors include a son, William E., of Falls Church; a daughter, Margaret Hemple French of Wilmington, Del., and four grandchildren.