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Ralph Carr (1876-1946)


1947 Obituary [1]

"RALPH CARR was born in 1876 and educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and at the Durham College of Science. After serving his apprenticeship from 1893 to 1898 With Messrs. John Abbott and Company, Ltd., general engineers, of Gateshead, he remained with that firm as a draughtsman for another year.

He then found employment in London as constructional and guarantee engineer to the Gas Apparatus Co, and later was made chief draughtsman.

On the conclusion of this engagement in 1904 he returned to the North of England to take up the appointment of engineer's merchant and agent for Messrs. Sinclair, Lee Carr and Company, Ltd, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He relinquished this position after nine years' service and paid a brief visit to Canada, where he was employed in the mechanical engineer's department of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Moose Jaw, Saskatzchewan.

In 1916 he became superintending engineer to Messrs George Waller and Sons, Ltd, of Stroud, Gloucestershire, but two years later he joined Messrs. Davison and Partner, engineers, Westminster, as their chief engineer and manager. He held these joint appointments until 1924 when hr became technical director and was actively engaged a such up to the time of his retirement, on account of ill health, in 1937. He continued, however, to retain his seat on the Board.

Mr. Carr, whose death occurred on 15th October 1946, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1918, and was transferred to Membership in 1925.


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