National Geographic : 1952 Jan
JESSE RICHARDSON HILDEBRAND 1888-1951 W ITH profound sorrow the Board of Trus tees and Officers of the National Geographic Society record the death, on September 18, 1951, of Jesse Richardson Hildebrand, senior Assistant Editor of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE since 1930 and a Life Trustee of The Society since 1946. He was a brilliant writer on The Magazine's staff from 1919, a keen and sympathetic ob server of human affairs, and a meticulous seeker for accuracy. Throughout 32 years of loyal, efficient service to The Society's jour nal he gave unstintingly of the riches of a mind made full by reading and wide travel. He was a scholarly lover of the finest in litera ture and music, as his extensive private collec- tion of books and phonograph records attests. Before joining the Editorial Staff of the National Geographic Society, Mr. Hildebrand had been a practicing newspaperman, rising from young reporter and dramatic critic on the old Washington Times to editorial and feature writer on the Washington Evening Star. He also for three years lectured on applied geography in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington. Able, gracious, modest, and fair-minded, he won the respect and admiration of all his colleagues. He was ever ready to share and lighten the burdens of his friends. His pass ing is felt as a personal loss by all who were associated with him.