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Alexander Gray

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Alexander Gray (1881-1949)

1949 Obituary [1]

ALEXANDER GRAY was born at Fearn, Ross-shire, on the 13th April, 1881, and died at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, on the 6th June, 1949.

He was educated at the public school and the Royal Academy, Tain, Scotland, and pursued his scientific studies at the Heriot-Watt Technical College, Edinburgh, and Dundee University College.

After a 5-year pupilage in the Ordnance Survey, Scotland, he became an assistant in the City Engineer’s Office, Dundee, but in the following year he went to the Gold Coast, where he was engaged on survey for mines, underground works, and buildings until 1905, when he was appointed an assistant engineer with the Dominion Coal Company, Glace Bay, Canada.

In 1906 he joined the Grand Trunk Railway and occupied successively the positions of assistant resident engineer, at Montreal, and of resident engineer of maintenance in the Ottawa division.

In 1911 he became assistant engineer in charge of the Ottawa River storage for the Dominion Public Works Department. When the federal government took over the harbour of Saint John, N.B., he was appointed chief engineer and general manager for the harbour commission, and continued as port manager when the National Harbours Board was established in 1936, a position he occupied until his retirement in 1946....[more]

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