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Thomas McGill

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Thomas McGill (1883-1945)

1945 Obituary [1]

1946 Obituary [2]

THOMAS MCGILL, whose death occurred in March, 1945, was closely associated with structural engineering throughout his career and was well known in Glasgow and Yorkshire engineering circles. He was born in 1883 and received his technical training at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. A. and J. Main and Company, Ltd., from 1897 to 1904, he held brief appointments as structural draughtsman to various firms in the Glasgow area and for two years was steelwork designer to Mr. Archibald Leitch, for whom he was engaged on the structural design of all classes of roofs, bridges, and workshop buildings.

In 1910 he joined the staff of Messrs. Edward Wood and Company, Ltd., of Manchester, and began an association which lasted for thirty-four years. After successively filling the positions of structural engineer, leading draughtsman and chief draughtsman, he became engineer representative of the firm in the North of England. During the war of 1914-18 he was resident engineer on the erection of a national projectile factory and was also concerned with the construction of new gun shops for Messrs. Vickers, Ltd. Since 1932 he had been technical director with responsibility for design and detail of steel framed buildings.

Mr. McGill was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1911, and was transferred to Membership in 1942. For some years he was lecturer on structural engineering at the Municipal College of Technology, Manchester.

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