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Vivian Grey Toope Jeffery

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Vivian Grey Toope Jeffery (1890-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"VIVIAN GREY TOOPE JEFFERY who died in Glasgow on 12th September 1951, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1926 and transferred to Membership six years later. He was born in 1890 and received his technical training at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow. After serving an apprenticeship with Messrs. Alley and Maclellan, Glasgow, from 1907 to 1912 he gained experience as a junior draughtsman with the North British Locomotive Company, Ltd., before going to sea as marine engineer in ships of Alfred Holt and Company, Ltd. He rose from seventh to chief engineer and obtained a first-class Board of Trade certificate. Later he acted as supervising engineer on the construction of three new vessels. On the completion of an engagement as technical adviser to J. L. Carty and Company, Glasgow, he became, in 1924, inspecting engineer for Messrs. Rendel, Palmer and Tritton, consulting engineers, Westminster, and for the South African Railways. In this capacity he was closely concerned for six years with the inspection of railway material manufactured by German contractors. Later he carried out surveying for Lloyd's Register of Shipping and, in 1932, he began a long connection with the Eagle Star Insurance Company, Ltd., as engineer surveyor."

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