Frederick Lister Croft
1921 Obituary 
FREDERICK LISTER CROFT was born in Bradford On 30th September 1857.
He was educated at local schools, and commenced work in Bradford at an early age. With the exception of a short period in the United States, he spent the whole of his business career in that city.
At the age of twenty-nine he founded The Patent Pulley Co., Croft and Perkins, power transmission specialists, now styled Crofts (Engineers), Ltd., Thornbury, Bradford. The company commenced with the manufacturing of Mr. Croft's wrought-iron pulley, the original staff consisting of four men. The business grew very rapidly, and at his death the works covered ten acres and employed over 1,000 hands.
During his career he held many important offices, namely, President of the Bradford Engineering Employers' Federation, Chairman of the Engineering Section of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, and he had been a Member of the City Council.
His death took place at Morecambe on 5th November 1920, at the age of sixty-three.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1903.