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Henry Arnold Karo

Henry Arnold Karo, American government official. Registered professional engineer, District of Columbia. Recipient governmental commendations, Philippines Legion of Honor for meritorious services, 1920's, 30's.


  • Karo, Henry Arnold was born on December 24, 1903 in Lyons, Nebraska, United States. Son of Paul August and Hedwig Rosalie (Semler) Karo.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Nebraska, 1923. Graduate, Industrial College of Armed Forces, Fort McNair, Washington, 1955. Doctor of Science (honorary), Union College, 1958.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), University Nebraska.


    • Commissioned ensign United States Coast and Geological Survey, 1923. Advanced through grades to vice admiral, 1965. Sea duty aboard ships surveying waters of Alaska, P.I., Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean and Gulf coasts, 1923-1941, Alaska and Aleutian Islands, 1946-1950.

      Duty with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Chief Division Charts, 1951-1955. Director Coast and Geological Survey, Washington, 1955-1965.

      Deputy administrator, vice admiral Environmental Science Services Administration, Rockville, Maryland, 1965-1967. Public speaker Republican British Commonwealth Survey Officers Conference, London, 1951, 59, 63. Member Inter-agency committee on Oceanography.

      United States member Consultative committee to Intergovtl. Oceanographic Commission United Nations Educational. Headed United States delegate to 2d United Nations Cartographic Conference for Asia and Far E., Tokyo, 1958, 3d Conference, Bangkok, 1961, Nairobi, Kenya, 1963, Manila, Philippines, 1964.

      Member United States delegate United Nations Conference Application Science and Technology Less Developed Areas, Geneva, 1963. United Nations Educational Intergovtl. Conference Oceanographic Research, Copenhagen, 1960, United Nations Educational Intergovtl.

      Oceanographic Commission, Paris, 1961, 62 (chairman delegate 1965). Member Mississippi River Commission.

    Major achievements

    • Registered professional engineer, District of Columbia.


    • Author: World Mapping, 1955.


    Commanding officer Air Force Aeronautical Chart Center, St. Louis, World War I. Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers. Member Naval Institute, Society of America Military Engineers (president), American Society Photogrammetry, American Congress Surveying and Mapping (president), United States Power Squadron (government member governing board), American Geophysical Union, Explorer's Club, Cosmos Club, Sigma Xi, Sigma Tau, Masons.


    • Married Ethel Leila Mitchell, June 26, 1926 (divorced April 1935). 1 child, Arnold M.; married Elsie Cooper, November 2, 1936. Children: Douglas Paul, Kathryn Rosalie.
    • father: Paul August Karo
    • mother: Hedwig Rosalie (Semler) Karo
    • spouses: Ethel Leila Mitchell
    • Elsie Cooper
    • children: Arnold M. Karo
    • Douglas Paul Karo
    • Kathryn Rosalie Karo
    Henry Arnold Karo
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    Born December 24, 1903
    Died May 23, 1986
    (aged 82)
    • 1923
      University Nebraska
    • 1955
      Industrial College of Armed Forces
    • 1958
      Union College
    • 1923 - 1941
      sea duty aboard ships surveying waters of Alaska
      Atlantic, Iowa, United States
    • 1923
      Commissioned ensign United States Coast and Geological Survey
    • 1942 - 1945
      duty with United States Army Air Force
    • 1946 - 1950
      sea duty aboard ships surveying waters of Alaska
    • 1951 - 1955
      chief Division Charts
    • 1955 - 1965
      director, Coast and Geological Survey
      Washington, United States
    • 1965 - 1967
      deputy administrator
      Rockville, Maryland, United States
    • 1965
      advanced through grades to vice admiral
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