Peak named for former B.C. surveyor general

The B.C. government has named a mountain in the Flathead region after Gerald Smedley Andrews, B.C.s longest-serving surveyor general who died in 2005.

Mt. Gerry Andrews, at 2,205 metres, celebrates the Second World War veteran who served as surveyor general from 1951 to 1968 and pioneered the use of aerial photography for mapping and forestry reconnaissance.

Mt. Gerry Andrews can be found at latitude 49 1132.6 N and longitude 114 33 33.5 W. The mountain is the most prominent peak in the Trachyte Mountain Range.

The Flathead River region is an isolated watershed located east of the Rocky Mountain trench in the extreme southeastern corner of the province.

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Mountain named for pioneer surveyor

By Tom Fletcher - BC Local News/Chilliwack Progress

Published: March 10, 2011 1:00 PM
Updated: March 10, 2011 2:24 PM 

VICTORIA Gerald Smedley Andrews pioneered the use of aerial photography for mapping and forestry in the province, and now his name is a permanent part of the B.C. map.

A 2,205-metre peak in the Flathead region of the Kootenays has been named Mount Gerry Andrews, the latest in a series of honours for B.C.'s longest-serving surveyor general. Andrews died in 2005, after serving as B.C.'s surveyor general and director of mapping and provincial boundaries commissioner from 1951 to 1968.

"Gerry was a legendary and iconic figure in our field," said Mike Thomson, B.C.'s current surveyor general. "His leadership and mentorship has helped create one of the most talented groups of land surveyors in the world."

A teacher, engineer and forester as well as a surveyor, Andrews began his career in 1930. He supervised surveys for the province in Nimkish Forest, Kitimat, the Okanagan, Kootenays and the Rocky Mountain Trench.

Andrews rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel while serving in the Canadian Army during World War II. He improved aerial cameras and used photos of waves to derive water depth for beach landings at Normandy, and was later inducted into the Order of the British Empire.

Andrews was named to the Order of B.C. in 1990.

"I can't think of a more fitting tribute for a man whose life work was spent mapping the intricacies of our province than ensuring his name lives on in the maps he helped build," said Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson, who made the announcement at a surveyors' convention in Victoria Thursday.

Note- LCol Andrews bio/obit can be found here.

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