MTU Physics Department History | Jerry Hall Service

Jerry Hall Service

b. 12 June 1888, New Carlisle, IN
d. 3 Sept 1980, Eugene, OR

BS in EE, Rose Polytechnic, 1912
MS, Ohio State University, 1917
(Thesis Title: Effect of Introduction of an Obstacle into a Spark Gap)
PhD, Ohio State University, 1928
(Thesis Title: The Transmission of Sound through Sea Water)

Engineering Apprentice, GE Co., 1912
Teacher, Morgan Park Academy. MN, 1913-1915
Asst. in Physics, Ohio State, 1915-1917
US Army School of Aeronautics, Ohio, 1917-1918
Dean, Trade and Eng. Schools, Youngstown Inst. Tech, 1920-1923
Engineer and Physicist, US Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1923-1928
Prof. Physics and Math, Henderson State Teachers Coll., AR, 1928-1932
Asst. Prof. Math and Physics, MCMT, 1932-1938
Assoc. Prof. Math and Physics, MCMT, 1938-1946
(On leave 1940-1946 during WW II, USN)
Prof. Physics, MCMT, 1947-1952

Physics Department Head, 1947-1948.
Captain in US Navy. Retired to Harbor Springs, MI area.
Active in VFW – compiled a list of Civil War Graves for Emmet Co., MI, in 1962.


Jerry H. Service and George E. Frease, “A Laboratory Manual of Machine Shop Practice” (Van Nostrand Co., NY, 1924).

N. H. Heck and J. H. Service, “Velocity of Sound in Sea Water,” Science 64, 627 (1926).

J. H. Service, “Transmission of Sound through Sea Water,” J. Frank. Inst. 206, 779-807 (1928).

Partlo, F. L., and Service, J. H., “Seismic Refraction Methods Applied to Shallow Overburdens,” AIME Trans Vol 110, p. 1, and Geophysical Prospecting 1934, pp. 473-492, 1934 (reprinted in MCMT Bull., vol 8, no. 2, 1935).

F. L. Partlo and J. H. Service, “Instantaneous Speeds in Air of Explosion Reports at Short Distances from the Source,” Physics 6, 1-5 (1935).

J. Fisher and J. H. Service, “Maximum Sensitivity-Setting of the Dip-Needle,” Terr. Mag. 41, 137-142 (1936).

J. H. Service, “Essentials of Engineering Astronomy,” (NY, Prentice Hall, 1937, MCMT, Houghton, 1946).

J. H. Service and F. L. Partlo, “Essentials of General Physics,” (Edwards Bros, Ann Arbor, 1940).

See also Special Publications No. 108 and 147 of the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, US Gov. Print Ofc., 1920’s.