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David Elder Cunningham

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David Elder Cunningham (1906-1951)

1951 Obituary [1]

"DAVID ELDER CUNNINGHAM, B.Sc., who was born in 1906, received his early education at the Royal High School, Edinburgh.

During his apprenticeship, which he served with Messrs. Mactaggart Scott and Company, Ltd., Loanhead, Midlothian, hydraulic engineers, from 1925 to 1927, he attended classes at the Heriot-Watt College.

He continued his education at Edinburgh University, where he graduated B.Sc. in engineering and other subjects in 1931. After gaining experience with Messrs. Raymakers. Ltd., printers, first as charge-hand and later as erector for the firm in Sweden, he was, for a brief period, junior draughtsman to Messrs. James Cruickshank, Ltd., Edinburgh, bakery engineers.

In 1936 he obtained an appointment as assistant works manager to Messrs. Alexander Stephen and Sons, Ltd., Glasgow, engineers and shipbuilders, a position which carried with it responsibility for the progress of work in the engine department and general supervision of some 1,200 employees. In 1947, after two years as works manager to his former employers, Messrs. James Cruickshank, he trained under the emergency scheme for teachers and became first assistant in South Queensbery Junior School in charge of the science department and rural science, and headmaster of continuation classes at the same school. Mr. Cunningham, whose death occurred on 26th February 1951 at the age of forty-five, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1939."

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