The Windham Journal, weekly newspaper published at Windham, Greene County, New York, issue of Thursday, February 14, 1963
Herbert Merwin Former Resident Of Hensonville
HENSONVILLE -- Friends and relatives of Herbert E. Merwin, 84, received the news of his death of a circulatory ailment on Monday, Jan. 28, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Merwin was born in Newton, Kan., the son of the late Clarinda Mack and Theodore H. Merwin. When Mr. Merwin was a young boy, the family moved to Hensonville [NY], his father's home town. Here Mr. Merwin grew to manhood and was a graduate of Harvard University, the class of 1907, also earning his doctorate there in 1911. For nearly a half a century he was geologist with the Carnegie Institution in the geophysical laboratory in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1945 but remained there as a research associate until 1959.
A member and former president of the Mineralogical Society of America, he was awarded the organization's Roe-bling [Roebling] medal for his contributions in the field of petrology, a geological specialty.
Other than his daughter, Ruth, in Washington, D.C. and a son, Henry D. of Richmond [probably Virginia], he is survived by two brothers, David S. of Brooklyn [NY] and P. Burdette of Rochester [NY]; also, cousins in Hensonville and various localities in New York state. The late Mrs. Mina Van Loan of Hensonville was also a sister of Mr. Merwin. He was a cousin, too, of the late Mrs. Myrtle G. McKean.
Mr. Merwin was an authority on crystal optics and he made important contributions toward methods of studying minerals.