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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.


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 commission on Oceanography.

United States member Consultative commission to Intergovtl. Oceanographic Commission United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 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, Scientific and Cultural Organization Intergovtl. Conference Oceanographic Research, Copenhagen, 1960, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Intergovtl.

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


  • Registered professional engineer, District of Columbia.


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.

Paul August Karo

Hedwig Rosalie (Semler) Karo

Elsie Cooper

Ethel Leila Mitchell

Kathryn Rosalie Karo

Arnold M. Karo

Douglas Paul Karo