Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Mark Rees: A Personal Appreciation from the TATHS Editor

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Mark Rees: A Personal Appreciation from the TATHS Editor

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Mark Rees, a past chairman and editor of TATHS and husband of our present chairman, died on 1 December 2001. This is not an official obituary but a personal appreciation of someone who I greatly admired. He was much the same age as me (he was born 1939, I was born 1940), but he was the sort of person you looked up to with respect as if he was some sort of wise elder statesman in the tool world.

My wife and I may have first met him in the 1960s when we lived a few hundred yards from each other in Richmond-on-Thames. Certainly our regular route to Richmond Park on a Sunday went along the street where Jane and Mark were living but I cannot remember ever noticing him. After this we went up-north and Mark went up-market.

I next crossed paths with Mark at the first TATHS meeting in the science museum in 1983. Mark was one of many people who clearly knew what he was talking about, as distinct from those like me who only thought they did.

It wasn't until I joined the committee that I got to know him as a person. Mark and Jane were living in Teddington by then, and I regularly came south for Sunday committee meetings. Sunday morning trains from Derby were very poor in those days, so I occasionally stayed with Mark and Jane to ensure I arrived on time if the meeting was at their house. …

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