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William Kilpatrick

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William Kilpatrick (c1886-1950)

1950 Obituary [1]

"WILLIAM Kilpatrick, whose death occurred in his sixty-fourth year on 18th March 1950, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1937, and was the author of the paper -Sugar Factories and Sugar Machinery" which was published in the PROCEEDINGS of 1933.

He was educated at Kilmarnock Academy and the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, where he obtained his Associateship. His apprenticeship was served with Messrs. Andrew Barclay, Sons and Company, Ltd., from 1904 to 1909. After gaining experience as junior draughtsman with Messrs. Duncan Stewart and Company, Ltd., Glasgow, makers of sugar machinery, and later with Messrs. Westgarth and Company, Ltd., Hartlepool, he was employed by the former firm as their estimator and designer in Mexico and the West Indies.

He was next engaged in the firm's Glasgow office on commercial work in connexion with war contracts, and in 1919 was appointed sales manager. Seven years later he joined the board of directors, subsequently becoming joint managing director, and finally, in 1936, sole managing director. In 1939 he was appointed joint managing director of Messrs. Davy and United Engineering Company, Ltd., Sheffield. From 1946 to 1948 he was managing director of J. and H. McLaren, Ltd., Leeds, engineers.

Of late he had been chairman of the Iron, Steel and Metal Works Equipment Group for Export under the Board of Trade. Mr. Kilpatrick travelled extensively during his career. During the course of his work on sugar machinery he visited, and worked in, the West Indies, Brazil, Africa and India. His activities connected with steel work took him to Germany and Russia."

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