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Ezra Lobb Rhead

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Ezra Lobb Rhead (c1865-1940) of Manchester College of Technology

1911 Living at Sunnyside, Polygon Avenue, Levenshulme: Ezra Lobb Rhead (age 46 born Townstall, Staffs), Lecturer on Metallurgy - Manchester University School of Technology. With his wife Alice Anna Rhead (age 45 born Lawton, Cheshire) and their son Alan Victor Rhead (age 19 born Lancs.), Student Chemical.[1]

1940 Obituary [2]

By the death on October 19, 1940, of Mr. Ezra Lobb Rhead, M.Sc. (Tech.), the Institute lost one of its Original Members and a strong supporter from the beginning.

For over forty-five years, until his retirement in 1929, Rhead had lectured in what is now the Manchester College of Technology, and had been a member of the University Faculty of Technology from its inception in 1904. During these years thousands of students passed through his day and evening classes; many have risen to responsible positions, and, particularly in his years of retirement, correspondence with old students from many parts of the world was a source of real delight to him.

One of Rhead's outstanding characteristics was the affection which he inspired in all those who really knew him and his great kindness of heart. To many E. L. Rhead is known mainly by the textbooks which he wrote on metallurgy, assaying, and foundry practice. His metallurgical interests were essentially on the more practical side, and the number of such industrial problems which he had tackled from time to time was a constant source of surprise to those who talked with him.

Rhead was an enthusiastic gardener; he was very fond of flowers, and these gave him the greatest pleasure, particularly in his last illness. I saw him not long before his death, and despite the very serious condition in which he obviously was, his cheerfulness and deep interest in all that was going on around him were outstanding. - F. C. THOMPSON.

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