GEORGE WASHINGTON GOETHALS - (1858-1928) - Army Engineer, born Brooklyn, N.Y. Graduated from West Point (1880), taught military engineering there (1885-87); was chief-of-engineers of U.S. volunteers during Spanish-American War. Superintended fortification of Narragansett Bay at New Bedford (1900-05); Theodore Roosevelt appointed him to succeed John F. Stevens as chief engineer of Panama Canal (1907). Overcame great difficulties in engineering, proved himself sound administrator. With completion of task, received thanks of Congress and was promoted major-general; first civil governor of Panama Canal Zone (1914-19). Becoming civil engineer in New York, was associated with Port of New York Authority collaborating in plans for Holland Tunnel and George Washington Bridge.