Joseph F Dracup, a Life Member (Geodesy, 1973) and Benefactor of the American Geophysical Union, died January 16, 2000, at the age of 79. Joe was recognized as the most outstanding expert in the field of classical (pre-GPS) geodetic surveying at the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) following the retire-ments of Charles Whitten and B. K. Meade in the early 1970s.

His career with the Coast and Geodetic Survey and its geodetic offshoot, NGS,spanned almost 40 years, culminating in the position of Chief of the Control Networks Division from 1973 until his own retirement in 1979.