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Ashton Burton Cooper

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Ashton Burton Cooper (c1884-1954), director of Ferranti

1954 Obituary [1]

WE have learned with regret of the death of Mr. Ashton Burton Cooper, a director of Ferranti Ltd., which occurred at Toronto, Canada, on September 15th.

Mr. Cooper, who was seventy, was born at Bloomfield Onta rio, and studied electrical engineering at Tufts College, Boston, Mass. After two years with The General Electric Company of America, and a year with the Westinghouse Company, Mr. Cooper joined the Brazilian Traction Company. He assisted in the construction of the first, hydro-electric generating station for the supply of power to Rio de Janeiro.

Mr. Cooper returned to The General Electric Company of America in 1908, and five years later joined the Canadian General Electric Company to take charge of transformer sales.

In 1922 he was appointed general manager of Ferranti Electric, Ltd., Mount Dennis, Toronto, and became president of the company in 1942. He was elected a director of the parent company, Ferranti Ltd., in 1947.

Mr. Cooper was a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, a past vice-president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and a past-president of the Canadian Electrical Manufacturers' Association. He had also served as director and president of the Toronto Industrial Commission and as director of the Canadian National Exhibition.

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