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Robert McAllister Lloyd

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Robert McAllister Lloyd (1864-1927)

1928 Obituary [1]

ROBERT MCALLISTER LLOYD died at his home in New York on the 14th December, 1927. He had always been prominently identified with the engineering profession, being particularly a pioneer in the electrical field.

He was born in 1864 and was educated at the Germantown Academy (Philadelphia) and Lehigh University.

Immediately after leaving the university, in 1886, he became chief engineer of the Daft Electric Co. and, as such, superintended the construction of electric railways in various parts of the United States.

From this he turned to the development of the storage battery and was retained for many years as consulting engineer to the Electric Storage Battery Co. of Philadelphia. This knowledge of batteries led to his connection, in various official capacities, with the Plants Co., the Holland Submarine Boat Co., the Electric Boat Co. and the New York Transportation Co.

In 1899 he became president of the Electric Vehicle Co., and in 1901 he organized the Vehicle Equipment Co., which later became the General Vehicle Co., a subsidiary of the General Electric Co. When this company was liquidated in 1915, he went into business for himself as a consulting engineer.

From 1916 he was president of Mantle and Co., Inc., machinists and engineers.

Before he died he had been actively developing machinery for manufacturing paper containers for liquids. In this he was associated with Mr. Hart O. Berg of Paris. They had assisted in the organization of the Sealed Milk Containers Co. in London and the Sealed Containers Corporation in New York.

He was elected a Foreign Member of the Institution in 1891 and became a Member in 1911.

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