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It is with great regret that the Council have learnt of the deaths of two Past Chairmen of the Lancashire and Cheshire Branch, which occurred within a few weeks of each other. Mr. Robert Chapman, who died suddenly on the 25th September, had been a Member of the Institution since 1924. He was Chairman of the Branch and served as Delegate Member of the Council in 1945-1946. Mr. Chapman was fifty-five and was on the staff of Messrs. Banister, Walton and Company, Ltd., of Trafford Park.
In recent years the progress of structural engineering has been accelerated by the shortage of certain types of building materials caused by war, necessitating the full use of the natural ingenuity of structural engineers in finding substitutes and by the progress of allied structural fields such as the aircraft industry. Scarcity of timber brought into use light structural sections ; shortage of labour and the requirements of speedier erection, prefabrication. Higher power units in the aircraft industry demanded a more efficient design and the full use of light alloy sections.
C.M. Moir and R.M. Kenedi
To be elected Chairman of any Branch of this Institution is a compliment; to be elected the first Chairman of a new Branch is a distinction; to be elected first Chairman of the first Branch to be founded in this country since the Institution was granted a Royal Charter is, in no uncertain sense, an honour. I appreciate gentlemen,
the fact that you have selected me to stand at your head in this important venture. It shall be my endeavour during my term of office to promote the aims for which both the Institution and the Branch exist, to bear in mind the interests of our members in the Northern Counties, and to assist you in the responsibility of our position.
W. Fisher Cassie