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Meet the Photographers -  Capt. Albert Theberge, NOAA Corps Retired

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Albert E. Theberge (Skip) has worked for NOAA and its predecessor agency since 1969 when he was commissioned an Ensign in the then ESSA Corps. He stayed with the Corps through its transition to NOAA Corps and retired in late 1995 as a Captain with close to 27 years commissioned service.

During his career he served on the NOAA Ships SURVEYOR, WHITING, PEIRCE, and MT. MITCHELL, the latter two as commanding officer. He served as chief of geodetic field parties working throughout most of the United States and a hydrographic field party working on the west coast of Florida.

Skip has passed through 48 of the 50 states while working for NOAA. Land assignments have included a stint at the National Geophysical Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, where he headed a joint NOAA-DOE geothermal mapping program in the late 1970's; two years as liaison to the Marine Physical Laboratory of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography observing and learning about advanced seafloor mapping systems; three years heading NOAA's Exclusive Economic Zone Mapping Program employing multi-beam mapping systems and the early use of GPS for offshore surveying; a short stint as Management Information System officer for the Office of Marine Operations; and a number of years on staff to the Director of NOAA Corps.

Following retirement, he worked for two years under contract to the NOAA Central Library and then rejoined the Feds as a civilian Technical Information Specialist in the NOAA Central Library. Skip considers himself quite fortunate to work in the NOAA Central Library, one of the great science libraries of the world. He is quite knowledgeable concerning NOAA History and has provided much of the content for the NOAA history site, as well as having written The History of the Coast Survey 1807-1867. Besides providing personal photographs to the NOAA Photo Library, he has also been a primary developer of the site in partnership with Janet Ward.

Skip graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Professional Degree in Geological Engineering and earned the Master of Science Degree in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is married, lives in Maryland, and has three grown children. His youngest son just graduated from high school and is continuing the family NOAA and seafaring tradition as an ordinary seaman on the NOAA Ship MCARTHUR.

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