Representatives of the IET Coventry and Warwickshire Network attended a memorial service for Hamish at Rugby United Reform Church on 22 January 2018.
The church was full to capacity with Hamish’s family, friends and fellow worshippers. His son, Iain, spoke of Hamish’s love for and devotion to his wife and family. He outlined Hamish’s work for British Thompson Houston, becoming Associated Electrical Industries (AEI) and then GEC.
A long-time friend and former Chairman of the IET Midlands Power Group, Frank Parker, also spoke of Hamish’s work and his commitment to the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), the pre-cursor organisation of the IET, and the IET.
Frank said that Hamish had a profound and lasting influence on his own working life, guiding him to the correct methods and the need for exact detail.
Hamish was promoted to Chief Insulation Engineer, a position he held until his retirement. His work led to new methods, patents, and also to visiting customer sites world-wide.
On graduating Hamish joined the IEE and the committee of the IEE South East Midlands Centre, now the IET Coventry and Warwickshire Network. He served as Honorary Treasurer for many years and also as Chairman between 1977-78.
On retiring from work Hamish founded the Retired Members Section jointly with the IMechE, which attracted attendees of 80 or more to their regular monthly meetings. He was Chairman of the Section until 2014, also representing the Section on the main committee.
Frank concluded that we and his IEE/IET colleagues remember him with great affection and gratitude.