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Name: Magoon, Estus H.

Historical Note:

Estus. H. Magoon was a civil engineer who worked for the Rockefeller Foundation as part of the International Health Division. He designed and built sewer systems, water supply plants, and other sanitation and plumbing projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Magoon kept detailed reports and statements of his projects between 1925 and 1954. Furthermore, he kept diaries for the Rockefeller Foundation between 1935 and 1951. The diaries contain specific descriptions of the projects and countries in which he worked during this period as well as notes about his personal life.

E. H. Magoon spent much of his time working in Cuba, Nicaragua and Panama. He established his office in Havana from 1935 to 1947. He worked in numerous cities in Cuba, including Camaguey, Marianao, Varadero and Bayamo, and describes in detail the projects he worked on in each city. Among the many projects were building water plants, properly disposing of waste and refuse, and the malaria problem in the Caribbean region.

On August 1, 1947 Mr. Magoon moved his office to Miami and bought a home in Coral Gables. However, he continued to work on health and sanitation projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean through 1954. We were not able to verify the place and date of his death.

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