National Geographic : 1896 Sep
DEATH OF G. BROWN GOODE by the Association to an excursion to and about the cataract; and the three ensuing days were spent by a group of working geologists in detailed examination and surveys in the vicinity under Mr Gilbert's guidance. The second special feature was a celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Professor James Hall's service as State Geologist of New York. Vice President Emerson opened the session devoted to the occasion with an appropriate address on the part of the Association; Professor Le Conte followed, speaking on behalf of the Geological Society of America; McGee presented a formal address on " James Hall, Founder of American Strati graphic Geology," and Professor John M. Clarke read an appreciative memoir entitled " Professor Hall and the Survey of the Fourth District." Stevenson, Hovey, Fairchild, and others spoke informally on the more personal side of Hall's connection with the State, while Hon. T. Guilford Smith fittingly addressed the meeting on behalf of the State, and espe cially of the Regents of the University of New York. The venerable geologist terminated a much-needed vacation and crossed the continent to attend the meeting arranged in his honor; and two days later he was in the field, with hammer and collecting-bag, guiding explorations for rock gas and oil in western New York. DEATH OF G. BROWN GOODE On September 6, Dr George Brown Goode, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Director of the United States National Mu seum, an active member of the National Geographic Society, and author of an article in the August number of this MAGAZINE, died of bronchial pneumonia at Lanier Heights, Washington, D. C. Dr Goode was one of the foremost biologists of his generation, his work in ichthyology being specially important, and he was the leading museum maker of the coun try, if not of the world. With the support of Baird at the outset and of Langley later, he was practically the creator of the National Museum. He contributed much, also, to the organization and success of the United States Fish Commission, of which he was for a time Superintendent. In addition to his strictly scientific and administrative work, he was a lead ing member of several patriotic and historical societies and did more probably than any other man of his generation toward elevating the aims of these societies and introducing scientific methods in their work. Although quiet and unobtrusive, he was possessed of exceeding energy and endurance, as his splendid accomplishments testify; at the same time his simplicity of manner and sweetness of disposition were such as to harmonize every circle into which he entered. As a leader and har monizer he was perhaps the most influential man in the great scientific colony in the National Capital, and in every connection he served most successfully as a medium between specialists and the public. His un timely death, in his forty-sixth year, is a serious blow to the Smithsonian Institution and a heavy loss to American science-indeed, in view of his many connections with public interests, it may well be regarded as a national calamity. WJM.