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Harold Lingard

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Harold Lingard (c1904-1944)

1944 Obituary [1]

HAROLD LINGARD, M.B.E., was only 40 years old when he died of phlebitis on the 12th March, 1944, but he had put strenuous and successful endeavour into his working life.

He received his technical education at the Regent Street Polytechnic, and on leaving obtained an appointment with the Holophane Co.; shortly afterwards he joined the Lighting Department of the British Thomson-Houston Co. When the Electric Lamp Manufacturers' Association founded the Lighting Service Bureau at Savoy Street, he joined Mr. W. E. Bush as a junior engineer and successively occupied various positions in the organization until in 1939 he was appointed Manager. He became a Member of Council of the Illuminating Engineering Society, of which he was a Fellow, took an active part in the work of the British Standards Institution, and was one of the British delegates at the International Commission on Illumination. At the outbreak of war he was appointed Officer of Lighting and Power in the Passive Air Defence Department of the Ministry of Supply, and for his work in this connection was made an M.B.E. in 1943.

He excelled as a lecturer and was a concise and lucid writer and justly earned a reputation as a leading figure in electric lighting matters. He was a delightful colleague to work with, had wide interests including music and philosophy and leaves behind him a proud record of accomplishments. He is survived by his widow and three young children.

He joined The Institution as a Student in 1922, and was elected a Graduate in 1929, an Associate Member in 1933, and a Member in 1940.

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