The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 36 (1958) > Issues > Issue 13 > The Secretary of the Institution
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The Secretary of the Institution

JUST AS Louis XIV of France is reputed to have said to the Paris Parliament in 1655, “L’état c’est moi,” so Major Reginald Ferdinand Maitland might well say on this Jubilee Year that in him is represented the Institution of Structural Engineers. During the twenty-eight years of his devoted service as Secretary of the Institution he has provided the continuity of purpose, the wealth of experience and the driving force which has made the Institution the outstanding and world famed technical body that it is today. His influence to this end on the long list of eminent engineers who have yearly filled the Presidential Chair has had to be felt personally to be appreciated. Added to this, are the dignity, charm and friendly manner which have induced the greatest respect and loyalty from his staff, and have made successive Presidents and Councils look on him as a personal friend. J. Guthrie Brown