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George Stevenson (c1877-1926)

1926 Obituary [1]

GEORGE STEVENSON died on the 7th March, 1926, in the course of a journey to the Riviera where he was proceeding for the purpose of recuperating after a comparatively slight illness. His health had not been particularly good for a year or more, but his death at the early age of 49 was entirely unexpected.

He commenced his engineering career as a student at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, and his early practical training was obtained in the service of the London and Glasgow Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., and later with Messrs. Mavor and Coulson, also of Glasgow.

In 1904 he became chief electrical engineer to the Carron Co., and, after a period of two years with that company, joined the British Thomson-Houston Co., Ltd., as a sales engineer in their office at Glasgow. Remaining in that position until 1915 he became a very well-known figure in the electrical life of the great industrial district which surrounds Glasgow.

He then was transferred to the Rugby works of the British Thomson-Houston Co., spending four years in the contract and export departments, and then, until June 1922, became an assistant to the commercial director of the same company in London.

Finally, he joined the Chloride Electrical Storage Co., of Clifton Junction, as assistant sales manager, and remained with them in that position until the time of his death. Although the greater part of Mr. Stevenson's life was spent on the commercial side of engineering and electrical work, he was none the less a man of great technical ability.

As a Member of the Institution he served on the Committee of the Scottish Centre and contributed technical papers at various times. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Throughout the whole of his business career he threw himself whole-heartedly into the service of the particular organization which employed him, and the fact that he never in any way spared himself probably led, in no small measure, to his early death. His passion for efficiency in others as well as in himself, made him a rigid upholder of discipline and gave him a seriousness of aspect in business affairs which belied his real kindly personality. To those who knew him best, he was a staunch friend and a charming companion, utterly unselfish and always concerned for the happiness and comfort of those around him.

He became an Associate of the Institution in 1902, an Associate Member in 1904 and a Member in 1913.

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