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Frank Pick (1879-1941), Vice-Chairman of the London Passenger Transport Board

1941 Obituary [1]

The science of modern transport has lost one of its leading exponents by the death, on Friday evening last, November 7th, at his London home, of Mr. Frank Pick, who was for many years attached to the London Passenger Transport Board, and on his retirement from the office of Vice-Chairman in 1940 fulfilled many Government inquiries and filled several Government offices.

Mr. Pick, who would have been sixty-three years of age on November 23rd, was born at Spalding, Lincolnshire, and was educated at St. Peter's School, York. In 1902 he qualified as a solicitor, and a year later entered the service of the North-Eastern Railway Company under Sir George Gibb.

When in 1906 Sir George Gibb removed to London to take over the management of the Metropolitan District and London Electric Railways, Pick accompanied him, and upon his retirement in 1907 was transferred to the staff of Mr. A. H. Stanley, now Lord Ashfield.

In 1909 he became Traffic Development Officer. He was appointed joint assistant managing director of the companies comprising the Underground group in 1921 and became managing director in 1928.

In 1933 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the London Passenger Transport Board, and retired in 1940. He was appointed by the Minister of Transport to investigate the possibilities of the more effective use in wartime of British canals, and he completed that task in May last. His other work for the Ministry was to visit British ports and to advise the Minister on the speeding up of the discharge of cargoes. For a period of four months at the end of last year he was Director-General of the Ministry of Information.

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