Gerald I. Evenden
1935 ∼ 2016
Gerald Ian Evenden passed away quietly on April 7, 2016 at home in North Falmouth after a long illness.
Born in Lewiston, Idaho on July 17, 1935, he was a 1957 graduate of San Jose State in California and attended the Colorado School of Mines in Colorado. He was a lifelong employee of the United States Geological Survey. Gerald was the author of the UNIX program PROJ, which allows a computer user to convert latitude/longitude coordinates into any number of map projection coordinates. He first published the program in 1983, along with a follow up user’s manual and program updates in 1990. The PROJ program is still extensively in use today by private and public mapping organizations, and provides the cartographic framework for many commercial mapping applications. He retired from the U.S.G.S. Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Service Center in January of 1993.
He served on the first Falmouth Town Committee to relocate the Falmouth Firehouse Headquarters. With a special interest in Basset Hounds, he was a volunteer for New England Basset Hound Rescue, fostering Bassets until they were adopted as well as doing home visits to people who wanted to adopt a hound.
He leaves his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Wells Evenden and his sons Keith Evenden and his wife Jean of Corvallis, Oregon and Muir Evenden and his wife Asia of Malbork, Poland.
Visiting Hours will be on Sunday, April 17, from 2 pm to 4 pm at Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth, MA. Funeral arrangements are private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New England Basset Hound Rescue: NEBHR, P.O. Box 321, Rutland, MA 01543.