Magazine article Management Services

Obituaries: Harry Ball-Wilson, FMS, Feb 1916-Feb 2000

Magazine article Management Services

Obituaries: Harry Ball-Wilson, FMS, Feb 1916-Feb 2000

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It is with the deepest regret that we announce the death of Institute Fellow, Harry Ball-Wilson at the age of 84. Harry was born in Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, the middle son, of Thomas Francis and Annie Lydia Wilson.

He left Preston Grammar School at sixteen to join the Preston Gas Company. At the age of 21 he got a job in sales covering the whole of Northwest England. But with the advent of World War II he volunteered for service with the RAF where he flew Spitfires and Hurricanes. He was one of a very few daring pilots to survive the MSFU where "with a flash and a bang" planes were catapulted off the decks of ships, earning him the nickname, "Flash Harry." Later, he was seconded to, then after the war joined, British Overseas Airways Corporation in London where he worked in Operations Planning & Work Study.

In 1952 he married Margaret Turner, an Architect and Westminster City Councillor. They had two daughters Matilda and Juliet. Harry joined the Institute in 1966 and quickly became a leading light in the then Institute's London Region. He took early retirement from BOAC in 1971 to care for Margaret when she tragically contracted Alzheimer's disease. During this time he jointly founded Participation Consultants, Ltd which he was involved with for seventeen years.

Harry always had a keen interest in improving the world. In addition to his Fellowship of the Institute of Management Services (IMS), he was a member of the European Institute of Industrial Engineers and followed his old colleague Louis Kelso as Coordinator of the Economics Commission of the World Government of World Citizens (www.worldcitizen.org). Harry was also involved in gaining NGO status for the Electoral Reform Society of Great Britain and Ireland, also the International Union of Land Value taxation and Free trade. He was three times a Liberal candidate for the UK parliament, including in 1979 candidate for the City of London and Westminster South. …

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