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John Allen Capp

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John Allen Capp (1870-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

American metallurgy suffered a considerable loss by the death on January 6, 1938, after an operation, of John Allen Capp, Engineer of Materials to the General Electric Company, Schenectady, N.Y.

Mr. Capp was born at Philadelphia in 1870, and graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1892. After being connected for a short time with the Thomson-Houston Company at Lynn, Mass., he went to the main plant of the General Electric Company, where he became chief of the testing department. From its establishment in 1927 to the time of his death, Mr. Capp was head of the works laboratory.

Mr. Capp was a member of numerous technical societies, but he was most closely connected with the American Society for Testing Materials, whose President he became in 1919, and of which he was elected an Honorary Member last year. He was prominent in the establishment of standards in the metallurgical industry, and served on no less than eighteen of the Society's committees, most actively perhaps on Committee B-1 - Copper and Copper Alloy Wires for Electrical Conductors - of which he was chairman from 1909 until his death. Innumerable friends testify to Mr. Capp's integrity, ability, sound judgment, and wide experience; he excelled on both the technical and the administrative sides of his work.

He was elected a member of the Institute of Metals in 1911.

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