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Stanley Beeton

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Stanley Beeton (1874-1941) of the Morgan Crucible Co


1942 Obituary [1]

STANLEY BEETON, who died on the 27th April, 1941, was born on the 8th June, 1874, and was educated at Uppingham School. He later went to the old "Central" in Exhibition Road, South Kensington and while at college, jointly with J. M. Barr and C. P. Taylor, was awarded a Premium by The Institution for a paper entitled "Experimental Tests on the Influence of the Shape of the Applied Potential Difference Wave on the Iron Losses of Transformers."

He served as an improver in the works of Messrs. Thomas Parker and Messrs. Ferranti.

In 1898 he joined the staff of Messrs. Dick, Kerr and Co. and was a great admirer of Mr. Flett their Managing Director, to whom he owed his business training. He was in charge of the contract for erecting and running the first electric trams in Madrid, and later became Manager of Dick, Kerr's office at Manchester.

He joined The Institution as an Associate in 1900 and was elected a Member in 1904.

When The Morgan Crucible Co. took up the manufacture of their patent "Morganite" brush he was appointed Manager of their new department in 1906. He was elected a Director in 1907 and in 1919 became Chairman of the Company, a post he held until his death. He was also a Director of Dublin Tramways, Brompton and Kensington Electricity Supply Co., Edmundsons Electricity Corporation, and Chelsea Electricity Supply Co., but gradually resigned from these to give all his time to The Morgan Crucible Co.

He had the clearest of minds and acted rather quickly, but only after careful thought. While others thought and argued, he acted. He never strove for the perfect; good enough served his purpose. He had many admirers but few intimate friends; by the latter he was well loved. He was a gay companion, full of fun and real wit. He did not enjoy robust health but never gave in, and he took to sport at the age of 50 when he rode to hounds, and took up yachting when he was 60. In the early days of the present war he purchased a large estate in Hertfordshire and was very keen on farming his own land.

He married May Porter in 1899 and leaves a widow, but had no children.


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