Monday, 11 February 2013

Irish instrument pioneer passes

M. W. Bryan

Maurice W Bryan, who has died recently at his home in Dublin was the first Editor of Read-out, when it was the house magazine of Industrial Instruments Ltd. He was in his early eighties. His body has been donated to Medical Science in accordance with his wishes. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

1st issue of Read-out
Edited & produced by MWB
An alumni of Trinity College, where he graduated in Science & Engineering his professional life was spent mostly in the area of Automation, with Honewell, IIL and finally with Jacobs Engineering in Dublin.

The Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation recognised his contribution to Automation in Ireland by awarding him with their unique Instrument Pioneer Award in 1998.

Maurice was also long time member of Irish Veteran & Vintage Motorcycle Club (IVVMCC). He was associated with the club since its foundation and an all-rounder in Irish motor sport throughout his life.

Maurice Bryan RIP
Later he joined the University Motor Cycle and Light Car Club, becoming deeply involved in rally navigation and car trialing. In 1949 he acquired a 1933, 250cc Rudge Radial and took up short circuit road racing. He rode this machine through to 1960, not alone in road races but also in grass track and scrambling.

Maurice was an enthusiastic administrator too, preforming duties for clubs and the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland. He was President of the MCUI 1969-1971, and a former President of DUMC & LMC and the IVVMCC. In 1996, he became editor of the IVVMCC newsletter Exhaust Notes.

In 2000, Maurice, in recognition of his long dedication and commitment to the club, was presented with the IVVMCC Meritorious Gold Star Award.

He also had a lifelong interest in wildlife and when the South Dublin branch of Birdwatch Ireland was formed in 1984 as 'Dublin Southside' with Maurice was appointed chairman.

We extend our sympathy to Bobbie, his wife, and to his family and friends.
Maurice William Bryan 1929 - 2013

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