Jan C Hartman

Rufus Harvey Sargent was born in Sedgewick, Maine, in 1875, but his life and workwith the U.S. Geological Survey took him far from his home town on the coast. He explored and mapped some of the most remote parts of the world, including sections of Alaska and China that no one had ever set foot in. He completed the first aerial survey of Alaska in 1925-26, and in 1947 the Department of the Interior awarded Sargent its Medal for Distinguished Service. He died in 1951, in Washington, D.C.