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Fredrik Ole Erichsen

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Fredrik Ole Erichsen (1869-1917) of James Simpson and Co


1917 Obituary [1]

FREDRIK OLE ERICIISEN was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne on 3rd August 1869.

On finishing his educational course at Rugby School, he became a pupil in the Works of Messrs. James Simpson and Co., Ltd., London, in October 1887, passing through the various departments of the Works, and on completing the usual course of three years' training, be entered the drawing office, where he took a leading part in the designing of all types of pumping machinery, in the construction of which that Firm is identified.

His position in the drawing office gradually improved, until he became Chief of the Outdoor Erection Department, and representative of the Firm, both at home and abroad, on many large contracts carried out by them. He had a special aptitude for the management of men; and this qualification rendered his services most successful, not only in managing the men under his control, but also the clients of the Firm with whom he had to deal in settling up a great deal of technical as well as commercial business. His duties gave him the opportunity of carrying out many economic duty trials of pumping plants, and he was well known as an expert in this special line of engineering; his services for the long period of twenty-seven years in this respect were so highly appreciated that he was given a seat on the Board of Directors in 1914.

It was while on duty as their representative in Buenos Aires that he suddenly died of heart failure on 12th September 1917, at the age of forty-eight.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1901.



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