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Andrew John Howie

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Andrew John Howie (1869-1944)

1946 Obituary [1]

ANDREW JOHN HOWIE, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1926, was a refrigerating engineer for practically the whole of his professional career. He was born in 1869 and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. L. Sterne and Company, Ltd., in Glasgow, from 1888 to 1893, meanwhile attending classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. He was then employed for four years as marine engineer on various vessels of the American and Clan Lines. During this period he obtained his Board of Trade First-Class Engineer's Certificate.

In 1897 he was appointed chief resident engineer for the Midland and Manchester district of the Union Cold Storage Company, to whom he was responsible for the control of staff, the installation and running of the refrigerating plant, and the fitting out of vessels for cold storage. In addition he was engaged on engineering missions abroad on behalf of the company. After being associated with the firm for twenty years he was for a brief period an inspector of cold storage and assistant to the chief engineer in the Ministry of Food.

On the conclusion of a three years' engagement as chief engineer and marine superintendent of the Irish Packing Company, of Drogheda, in 1922, Mr. Howie renewed his early association with Messrs. Sterne and Company by accepting an appointment as general engineering representative for Ireland, a position which he held for many years until his death, which occurred on 3rd December 1944.

He was also a keen supporter of the British Association of Refrigeration and of the Institute of Refrigeration.

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