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THSOA 2019 Hydrographer Hall of Fame

February 18, 2019 1:08 PM | Deleted user

THSOA to Induct Three to Hydrographer Hall of Fame

The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) has selected three prominent hydrographers for induction into its Hydrographer Hall of Fame (HOF).  The HOF was established in 2013 as a way to honor hydrogrpahers who have had distinguished careers, have advanced the science of hydrographer and/or provided service to THSOA.

Included in the Class of 2019 are:

·         Capt. (Ret) Andy Armstrong

·         Rear Adm. Kenneth Barbor

·         Adam Kerr

Capt. (Ret.) Andy Armstrong

Andy Armstrong has had a distinguished career as a hydrographer, first as a NOAA officer, and later as one of the founders and key administrators of the University of New Hampshire’s The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (UNH-CCOM/JHC).

As a NOAA officer, Amstrong served on several hydrographic ships, including his service as Commanding Officer and Chief Hydrographer on the Whiting.  He later served as the Chief of NOAA’s Hydrographic Surveys Division.

He was instrumental in the creation of the UNH-CCOM/JHC and currently serves as co-Director.  The JHC was formed in1999 and is a center for expertise in hydrography. 

In addition to his distinguished career, Andy Armstrong has served multiple years on THSOA’s Board of Trustees including a stint as President of the Society.


Rear Adm. Kenneth “Ken” Barbor


Rear Admiral Kenneth “Ken” Barbor served with distinction as a hydrographer, a statesman and a teacher.  During a long career in the US Navy, he served as Commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.  During this time, he pushed to establish the Cat A Hydrographic Science curriculum at the University of Mississippi (USM).

Ken went on to serve as a Director of the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB).  Over the next five years, he worked to improve hydrographic survey capabilities around the world and to create standards in the rapidly changing field of hydrography.

Upon his retirement from the US Navy, he joined the faculty at USM. 

Ken Barbor also was a supporter of THSOA, serving a term as President of THSOA.

Rear Admiral Kenneth Barbor passed away in July 2018.  He is greatly missed.

Adam Kerr


Adam Kerr had a distinguished career as a hydrographer.  He served almost 30 years with the Canadian Hydrographic Service, culminating as Director of the Central and Atlantic Regions.  During his career, he was instrumental in the development of digital cartography standards and the development of DOLPHIN, one of the first unmanned semi-submersible survey vehicles.

Starting in 1998, Adam served as a director of the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB).  During his service, he was heavily involved in developing standards for electronic charting and the expansion of technical assistance to developing nations.

He later served as a hydrographic consultant and as Editor of The International Hydrographic Review.  Adam was a prolific writer with publications and books on hydrographer, cartography and maritime boundary delineation.

Adam Kerr passed on in August 2016 as the age of 83.

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