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Andrew Morton Fyffe

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Andrew Morton Fyffe (1881-1917)

1917 Obituary [1]

ANDREW MORTON FYFFE was born at Dundee on 22nd November 1881.

His professional training was received at St. Andrews University and the Dundee Technical Institute, and his apprenticeship was served under Mr. William Mackison, City Engineer of Dundee. For some time he was deputy engineer and manager of the City of Dundee Gas Department, and then at the age of twenty-eight he was appointed gas engineer and manager to the Nelson Corporation.

During his term of five years the consumption of gas greatly increased, and the profits of the concern more than doubled.

In March 1915 he left Nelson for Blackburn, when he was appointed to the post of gas engineer and manager. Just before his appointment the Blackburn Corporation had decided upon a reorganization of their gas undertaking, and Mr. Fyffe was recommended as an expert. Temporary measures were adopted to enable the department to carry on and to give him time to prepare his scheme. Unfortunately the Local Government Board withheld their sanction because the Treasury declined to give the necessary borrowing powers, and, excepting for the installation of a new tar distillation plant, the scheme had to be postponed till the end of the war.

His death took place at Blackburn, after a few weeks' illness, on 15th January 1917, at the age of thirty-five.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1904, an Associate Member in 1907, and a Member in 1912.

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