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Arthur George Pendrell

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Arthur George Pendrell (C1890-1951)

1951 Obituary [1]

"ARTHUR GEORGE PENDRELL, who passed away on 10th April 1951, following a stroke, set up a remarkable record of work on behalf of the Institution of Automobile Engineers. He was elected a Graduate in 1912, an Associate Member in 1918, and a Member in 1943, and following his shop training in London with the Humphris Gear Co he went to Coventry as a designer with Rex Motor Manufacturing Co.

Subsequently he held design posts with the British Thomson-Houston Company, Hotchkiss et Cie, and-for many years-Morris Motors, Ltd. (subsequently Morris Engines, Ltd.), Coventry. He served as one of the earliest of the honorary secretaries of the Coventry Automobile Division Centre, Graduates' Section and in the session 1918-19 was awarded the Graduates' Prize for a paper entitled "Design versus Production".

On his transfer to corporate membership he served on the Coventry Centre Committee for ten years and in session 1934-35 read an interesting and provocative paper on "Small Marine Engines". He was remarkable for his encyclopaedic knowledge of automobile matters and also for his practical outlook and unfailing humour which enabled him to emerge unaffected from difficulties which would have crushed a lesser man.

The last years of his life were marred by ill health and the amputation of his right leg, but through it all his humorous outlook and optimism triumphed. His death at the age of sixty-one will leave his many friends in the Midlands with a deep sense of personal loss and the memory of one whose example was a help and inspiration."

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