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NORTH, John Charles

B.E., C.Eng., F.I.C.E., F.N.Z.I.E., F.I.E. Aust.

Mr North joined the Hamilton Borough Council as a cadet in 1930, and went on to attend both Auckland and Canterbury University Colleges, graduating B.E.(Civil) in 1936.

After a period of bridge design time in N.Z.R., Wellington, he spent four years in Australia in the employment of consulting engineers, before returning to Hamilton to join J. R. Baird in the consulting partnership of Baird & North for a further four years. Then followed his appointment to the Hamilton City Council where he remained until 1954 when the call to the consulting field once again became too strong to resist.

From a partnership with R. L. James, Jack went on to set up his own practice which grew to become North, Swarbrick, Mills and Westwood, and then merged with Andrew Murray and Partners to become Murray-North Partners Ltd, one of the larger consulting groups in New Zealand, and a credit to the energy, dedication and ability of its founder.

In the Institution, he moved from being branch chairman to chairman of A.C.E.N.Z., councillor of the Institution, and, in 1969- 70, to President of the N.Z.I.E. His continuing interest in professional activities led him on to S.A.N.Z. committees and to involvement in a wide variety of advisory, negotiating and arbitrative roles. A paper on the "Design of cylindrical reinforced concrete surface tanks" won the Furkert Medal in 1954.

Obituary from NZ Engineering, Sept 1979, p 220