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John Marshall Rodger

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John Marshall Rodger (1887-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

JOHN MARSHALL RODGER was the author of a recently published book entitled "Engineering Drawings, Specifications, and Quantities." He was engaged for a number of years in the teaching of engineering subjects.

He was born in 1887 at Barrhead, Renfrewshire, and received his technical education at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, and at the University of Aberdeen.

In 1904 he was articled to Mr. C. C. Lindsay, consulting engineer to Singapore and Penang municipalities and was engaged on the inspection and testing of engineering materials. From 1909 to 1910 he was employed as Mr. Lindsay's assistant, and in 1911 he was appointed chief assistant mechanical and civil engineer to the Greenock Harbour Trust.

Five years later he became leading draughtsman to the Supermarine Aviation Works, Ltd., at Southampton, and held this position until 1918.

He then went to Newcastle upon Tyne as chief draughtsman to Sir William Angus, Sanderson and Company, Ltd., with responsibility for the designs of aeroplanes and motor cars.

In 1921 he took up his first teaching appointment as lecturer in civil and mechanical engineering at the Northampton Polytechnic Institute, London, and was also engaged as lecturer in structural engineering at the Goldsmiths' College, London.

From 1925 to 1929 he was engaged on automobile manufacture as manager of Premier Motors (London), Ltd., but again took up educational work and was appointed lecturer in civil engineering and building at the Municipal College, Portsmouth; at the time of his death, which occurred on 10th May 1935, he was senior lecturer in his department at the College.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1933 and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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