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Frederick John Cook

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Frederick John Cook (1870-1948) , a founder and past-president of the Institute of British Foundrymen.

1870 Born in Coseley

1871 Frederick W Cook 29, labourer in iron works, lived in Sedgley, Dudley with Emma Cook 28, Frederick J Cook 10 months[1]

1911 Frederick John Cook 40, iron foundry manager, lived in Oldbury, with Eliza Harriet Cook 39, Gladys Emma Cook 15, Evelyn Eliza Cook[2]

1939 Frederick J Cook, consulting engineer, iron foundry, lived in Birmingham with Eliza H Cook Evelyn E Cook, Frederick R Cook[3]

1949 Obituary [4]

"FREDERICK JOHN COOK, whose death occurred on 5th April 1948, was for many years managing director of Messrs. Rudge Littley, iron founders, of West Bromwich. He was also a founder and past-president of the Institute of British Foundrymen, who awarded him the Oliver Stubbs Medal in or about 1922.

During the latter part of his long career as an ironmaster he specialized in foundry mechanization; in connection with which his services as consultant were called upon by numerous engineering firms, including Messrs. Aiton and Company, Ltd., of Derby, and Messrs. R. A. Lister and Company, Ltd., of Dursley. He was educated privately and at the Wolverhampton School of Art and Technical School. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Joseph Evans and Sons, Culwell Foundry, Heath Town, from 1884 to 1891, he was for seven years in the drawing office of Messrs. Belliss and Morcom, Ltd., of Birmingham.

He then began his long association with Messrs. Rudge Littley as manager of the foundry and pattern-shop. In 1917 he joined the board of directors and became responsible for the commercial side of the business. Subsequently he was appointed managing director. This position he relinquished towards the close of his career, though continuing to hold office as chairman. Mr. Cook took an active part in the formation of the British Cast Iron Research Association for whom he acted in an advisory capacity until his retirement in 1946. He was the author of numerous papers on matters connected with the industry and was a member of the Research Committee of the above-named Association. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1923."

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. 1911 census
  3. 1939 register
  4. 1949 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries