So reads the obit headline in today’s Boston Globe. Dontcha love headlines like this? Oh, I don’t mean that Irene or her family would love it, but it has to bring a smile to your face. Not a bad thing to have on your headstone (should you be so inclined): Measured Earth.
Geodesists, they call ’em. Those who measure the earth. Irene plied her trade for the government. A former colleague described her a indefatigable. An indefatigable geodesist. I’d guess there is no other kind. She was responsible for the Fischer Ellipsoid. A work that says here is Earth. Here its size. We measure it thus. Not to sneeze at.
Like many hard working and creative people of a certain age, she fled the Nazis and settled in America, where she lived well and so it seems, loved well. Rest in Peace, Irene. Goodnight.
Latitude: 38.89037 / Longitude: -77.031959