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Alexander Weddell McGhee

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Alexander Weddell McGhee (1876-1951)


1952 Obituary [1]

"ALEXANDER WEDDELL MCGHEE, who was born in 1876, received his technical education at the Bradford Technical College. His apprenticeship was served in Halifax between 1892 and 1897 at the engineering works of George Booth and Company, Ltd., and in the drawing office of the Campbell Gas Engine Company, Ltd., where he continued to be engaged for many years, occupying one of the leading positions. He was also concerned with sales and the preparation of estimates.

During the 1914-18 war he supervised the erection and testing of generating sets at air stations and was also engaged as an inspector of shells. He then returned to the Campbell Gas Engine Co and for the next ten years acted as sales representative and engineer in charge of installations. His duties in this respect took him to many parts of the country and included the conduct of negotiations and the planning of schemes. In 1928 he took up an appointment as branch office manager and advisory sales engineer to Blackstone and Company, Ltd., Stamford, makers of internal combustion engines. In this capacity he was responsible for the design and layout of sewage and water pumping stations. In addition he undertook supervision of the erection and testing of the machinery. After carrying out these duties with great ability for eleven years he vacated the appointment in 1939. Mr. McGhee had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1902. His death occurred in February 1951."


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