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David John Suter

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David John Suter (1885-1947)

1949 Obituary [1]

"DAVID JOHN SUTER was an Associate Member of the Institution for twenty-eight years, having been elected in 1919.

He was born in 1885 and received his education at the East London and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical Colleges. Entering the St. Rollux Works of the Caledonian Railway, at Glasgow, as a pupil in 1901, he became a draughtsman four years later and remained in the service of the Company until 1911, during which latter period he acted as assistant teacher in mathematics and locomotive engineering for the Glasgow School Board. He was then appointed inspecting engineer for the New South Wales Government in the Scottish, N.E. Coast, and Midland areas.

After holding this position for six years he was attached to the Admiralty as deputy steel superintendent and simultaneously occupied the post of secretary to the Midlands Area Advisory Steel Committee, Ministry of Munitions. He held these joint appointments until 1919 when he began a long association with Messrs. Robert W. Hunt and Company, consulting engineers, London, which was only terminated by his death on 4th December 1947. During this long period he was chiefly concerned with the inspection of a wide range of engineering products, including rolling stock, steel bridges, steam rail coaches, and water mains, of which a large proportion were for export to countries in all parts of the world. Since 1921 he had also represented Messrs. Hunt and Company in the Birmingham district."

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