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John Weller Sandford Fawcett

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John Weller Sandford Fawcett (c1901-1960) of Sandford Fawcett and Partners

1960 Obituary [1]

WE have learned with regret of the death of Mr. John Weller Sandford Fawcett, which occurred suddenly at his home at Hampton Wick, on January 4.

Mr. Fawcett, who was fifty-nine, was the senior partner in the consulting firm of Sandford Fawcett and Partners.

He was educated at Radley and after working as a chemist on acid, fertiliser and sugar plants in India, trained as a civil engineer with John Taylor and Son.

Subsequently Mr. Fawcett served as resident engineer on the constructi0n of sewage works at Folkestone, Winchester and Broadstairs.

In 1933, he joined his father, who had lately retired from the position of chief engineer, Ministry of Health, in establishing the firm of Sandford Fawcett and Partners, and thereafter specialised in the design of water works and sewerage schemes. The treatment works for the Colne Valley Sewerage Board and for the St. Helens Corporation were among the many projects carried out under Mr. Fawcett's direction in recent years.

Mr. Fawcett made several visits to the U.S.A. to investigate modern sewage treatment plants. He was a founder partner of Canadian-British Engineering Consultants, which was established in 1953, and he advised on several sewage treatment and water supply projects in Ontario, the Maritime Provinces and the Yukon. He was also a member of a consortium of consultants engaged on a feasibility study for a road and rail crossing of the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Fawcett was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1930 and a full Member in 1938. He was also a member of the Institution of Water Engineers and the Association of Consulting Engineers and a Fellow of the Geological Society. In addition, Mr. Fawcett frequently acted as an arbitrator in civil engineering matters; he was a member of the panel authorised by the Reservoir (Safety Provision) Act, 1930, to design, construct and inspect reservoirs.

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