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Loftus George Coade

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Loftus George Coade (c1877-1945)

1946 Obituary [1]

LOFTUS GEORGE COADE was educated at Drogheda Grammar School and served a seven years' apprenticeship, beginning in 1894, with the Boyne Weaving Company, of Drogheda. In 1904 he went to America where he became for a short period tests engineer to the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, of Newark, New Jersey and later mechanical engineer to the Thomson Bonney Company, of New Jersey.

Subsequently he was employed by various electrical firms on design, testing and estimating, and in addition acted as sales engineer. On his return to England in 1911 he was for the next three years in business on his own account, being chiefly concerned with experimental work in connection with mechanically controlled sewing machines. He then joined the staff of the Simplex Conduits Company, Ltd., as draughtsman, and four years later was made assistant works manager. He was promoted to be works engineer in 1919, but resigned in 1921 and returned to private practice as a sales engineer, and was chiefly concerned with the installation and maintenance of steam heating plant in hospitals and public institutions.

Subsequently he became interested in electro-medical apparatus and was responsible for the installation and maintenance of X-ray plant in many hospitals. Latterly he had devoted much attention to the changes in design of this highly involved and complicated equipment and continued in this work up to the time of his death, which occurred on 31st January 1945, in his sixty-eighth year.

Mr. Coade was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1921. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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