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Katharine Parsons

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Katharine Parsons nee Bethell

1859 Catharine Bethell was born the daughter of William Froggatt Bethell[1] in Skirlaugh, East Riding of Yorkshire.

1883 Married Charles Algernon Parsons. They had a son and a daughter, Rachel.

1919 Founding director of the Women's Engineering Society[2], supporting her daughter Rachel who became the first president.

1933 The Hon. Dame Katharine Parsons died[3]

* Obituary[4]

IT is with deep regret that we have to record the death of the Hon. Lady Parsons, which took place at her home at Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland, on Monday last, October 16th, after a long illness. Lady Parsons, who married the Hon. Sir Charles Parsons in 1883, was deeply interested in her husband's many occupations, and in particular she sponsored the work of women in the engineering industry. She was one of the founders of the Women's Engineering Society, and when, in 1920, eight girls started the engineering business of Atalanta Ltd. in South London, she assisted the new enterprise and took a keen interest in the firm. She is survived by her daughter, Miss Rachel Parsons, who passed through the Cambridge University engineering school, and during the war served in the training department of the Ministry of Munitions.

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. Companies House
  3. National Probate Calendar
  4. The Engineer 1933/10/20