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John Morrison Hay (c1892-1960)

1961 Obituary [1]

John Morrison Hay, O.B.E., D.Sc., who was 68 years of age when he died on 10th October, was educated at Forfar Academy and Glasgow University. From 1911-16 he served apprenticeships with Dundee Corporation Electricity Department, Macfarlane Brown and Boyd, Glasgow, and Sir William Arrol and Co., Glasgow.

He was an examiner in the Engine Branch of A.I.D., with various firms in Scotland from 1917-19, later becoming Deputy Assistant Inspector on engine inspection in the Scottish Branch. He was then appointed Assistant Lecturer in Engineering at Blackburn Municipal Technical College, a post he held from 1920-25, and later he became Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at this College.

Mr Hay was appointed Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at University College, Dundee, in 1926 and from 1928 to 1931 he ran instructional courses on Aeroengines for R.A.F. mechanics at Leuchars aerodrome. He also investigated and reported on the position of the Heating, Ventilating and Refrigeration Industries of Scotland to the Scottish Development Council. In 1940 Mr Hay was in charge of the local section of a Manpower Survey for the Government and from 1941-45 he served as Chairman of the Dundee District Manpower Board.

In 1948 he was appointed Acting Deputy Director and Head of the Engineering Division of the Scottish Seaweed Research Association and in 1950 he was appointed to the position of Principal Scientific Officer at the Ministry of Food Experimental Factory, Aberdeen, becoming Senior Principal Officer and Officer-in-Charge in 1955.

Mr Hay has been associated with this Institution since 1925 when he was elected an Associate Member. He transferred to Member in 1946 and in recent years he has served the Scottish Branch; at the time of his death he was its Vice-Chairman. He was respected by members in Scotland, whose interests were his main concern. Mr Hay was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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