The Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society

 

In Memorial: Biography

 

Myron Allen Lewis (86)

California Licensed Land Surveyor No. 3784

Born: April 5, 1927, Died: May 4, 2013

 

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Surveyor, Historian, Collector & Musician.

 

Myron Allen Lewis, Resident of Hayward. Myron was called home from Pleasanton Nursing & Rehab Center after seven years of chronic medical problems. He survived both parents, had no siblings, and never married.

 

Biography:


Myron grew up in Santa Rosa, graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1948, and attended the Community College (SRJC?) all while maintaining two daily newspaper routes to cover expenses.

 

Myron moved to Hayward in 1952, bought a home and began his career as surveyor for the City of Hayward, retiring in 1989 after 37 years.

 

Myron was issued a license by the California State Board Of Registration For Civil And Professional Engineers as a Land Surveyor in 1970. (Certificate No. 3784)

 

In addition to his duties at the City of Hayward, Myron was active in various land surveying societies and organizations.

 

He served on the Northern Region of the League of California Surveying Organizations as reporter communicating their activities in reports published in the California Surveyor in 1975 and 1976.

 

Myron was a founding member of the Surveyors Historical Society (SHS), a nation-wide organization, founded on October 14, 1977. He served on its provisional board of trustees as Vice Chairperson. Myron was charter member number three and later after incorporation; held the offices of Chairman (1987-1990), Secretary (1983-1986) as well as serving on its Board of Directors (1987-1991).

 

Myron was also a founding member of the Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society (1991) and was charter member No 7. He served as one of its first directors while the society was undergoing incorporation as a non-profit organization. He served as Historian for many years (1997-2002.) He was the society's Life Member No 5. Myron was very active in MDSHS and hosted their display booths at numerous state surveying conferences.

 

Myron was a tireless supporter of both historical societies appearing in many newspapers articles to promote the history of surveying including a feature article in the Oakland Tribune Spotlight section on January 1, 1988 entitled "Surveyors trying to preserve tools of the trade".

 

Myron was also a member of other groups such as: National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM).

 

Myron was a member of the Northern California Section of ACSM, and held the position of Historian (1977-1979).

 

Myron served as Exhibit Co-Chairman for the 1977 ASP-ACSM (American Society of Photogrammetrists-American Congress on Surveying and Mapping) California Conference held in Berkeley, CA.

 

He was also a member of the California Map Society and the Dublin Historical Preservation Association from whom. Myron received a letter of appreciation and a certificate in 1977 for his outstanding efforts toward the development to the Dublin Heritage Center.

 

Myron also served as Co-Assistant Exhibits Chairman [workshop committee members] for the 1981 ASP-ACSM Fall Technical Meeting held at San Francisco, CA.

 

This unique convention opened on September 9, 1981 in San Francisco, CA and ran to September 11, closed then reconvened on September 14 to the 16th in Honolulu, HI.[Program cover]

 

In 2011 as a part of the 45-year anniversary of the 1966 formation of the California Land Surveyors Association, Myron was recognized as one of only 249 other association members with a minimum of 25 years of continuous membership in CLSA. Each received a commemorative brass disk and a keepsake copy of the February 12, 2011 resolution. Actually Myron became a member of CLSA in 1969 having then (2011) 42-years as a member. Myron was also a Life Member of the East Bay Chapter of CLSA.

 

Myron was an avid collector of all things surveying, books on surveying, catalogues of survey instrument, office and field equipment and donated much of what he collected to MDSHS including a RALPH C. COXHEAD, CO, VARI-TYPER TYPEWRITER, Model #230F, COMPOSING MACHINE and an Hewlett Packard HP9100B office calculator.

 

Myron had a passion for music, playing the tuba, trombone, and baritone horn. He played in the Santa Rosa High School, the Community College, the Pleasanton Community bands and the Valley Brass Ensemble.

 

He was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Pleasanton.

 

As a hobby Myron also collected model trains and scale model cars.

 

Myron did not want a funeral service. The Neptune Society, Castro Valley, provided cremation services.

 


Enjoy a few photographs of Myron.

1982 ACSM CA Conf SHS Meeting Bud Uzes (L) & Myron Lewis (R).
1977 ACSM CA Conf Comm Meeting (2nd row, 2nd left).
1987 Fall ACSM-ASPS-WFPLS Reno.
MDSHS Booth CLSA Sparks 1992 Myron Lewis (L) Mitch Stockton (R).
United States Geologic Survey's (USGS) Western Region Triennial Open House - 1994.
NCS-ACSM Conference, Montery, CA (2nd row, 1st left).
1996 MDSHS Picnic, Bud Uzes (L), Myron Lewis (R).
1981 ASP-ACSM program photo

 


Portions of this memorial were taken from information published in Inside Bay Area on May 31, 2013 and other sources compiled by Michael J. Foley of the Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society, ©2013. Photographs and images courtesy of the estate of Myron Lewis, Northern California Section of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Surveyors Historical Society, Mount Diablo Surveyors Historically Society, and the California Land Surveyors Association. - All rights reserved respectively.


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