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Francis Valentine Toldervy Lee

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Francis Valentine Toldervy Lee (1870-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS VALENTINE TOLDERVY LEE was born at Winchester on 28th August, 1870.

He received his early education at Manchester Grammar School, and at the College Communal, Boulogne.

He went to Sherbrooke, Canada, in 1887, and for nearly three years was in the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway, as private secretary to the Division Superintendent.

He then joined the Manhattan Electric Company, and later went to Leland Stanford Junior University, California, acting as secretary and general laboratory assistant to Dr. F. A. C. Perrine, Professor of Electrical Engineering. At the same time he continued his studies and obtained his B.A. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1897.

He was then appointed Assistant Engineer in the Pacific Coast Department of the Stanley Electric Manufacturing Company, and became Engineer in 1898, and Manager of the office in 1899.

A year later he was appointed Vice-President and General Manager of John Martin & Company, being at the same time Pacific Coast District Manager for the Stanley Electric Manufacturing Company and other firms.

Early in 1906 he was appointed Assistant to the President of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

In 1910 he retired and spent some time travelling, returning to Victoria, B.C., where he had intended to make his future residence. He died there on 17th August, 1913.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1904, and a Member in 1911.

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