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Basil Joseph Terrell

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Basil Joseph Terrell (c1917-1959) of Parsons and Marine Engineering Turbine Research and Development Association


1959 Obituary [1]

WE record with regret the sudden death at the age of forty-two of Mr. B. J. Terrell on Friday, March 20.

Basil Joseph Terrell was educated at Truro Cathedral School and took his B.Sc. (Eng.) London Degree after training at Rugby College of Technology and Arts. He served an engineering apprenticeship in the Rugby Works of the British Thomson-Houston Company, Ltd.

In 1938 he joined the English Electric Company, Ltd., as an Assistant Steam Turbine Design Engineer. During the 1939-45 war be served in the Royal Engineers in the Western Desert and later in France, attaining the rank of major and being awarded the M.B.E.

On demobilisation in 1946, he joined the staff of the Parsons and Marine Engineering Turbine Research and Development Association at Wallsend-on-Tyne, on the research side, transferring from the position of Senior Research Engineer to Senior Designer in 1954.

In March, 1958, he took up the position of Chief Designer (Future Projects) the position which he held at the time of his death.

He was a member of the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1954 he received the M. C. James Gold Medal from the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders.


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