It is with sadness that we note the death of John McDougall on 28th March 2016. John was a good friend to the Institution. He was a consultant and former Director of Teesside University. He was elected to the Council of the Institution in 2002 and became its President in 2003 serving two terms until 2005.Upon the sale of the Institution's building in Corporation Road, he was instrumental in the Institution moving its meetings from there to the University. He also arranged that the University School of Science & Engineering would provide Administration services for the Institution.

We shall be eternally grateful to John for that.




Born in in Loftus, and gaining a scholarship to Guisborough Grammar School, he attended Constantine College, Middlesbrough (now Teesside University). He then went on to Sheffield University, College of Commerce & Technology, where he gained an Associateship of Metallurgy and became a Member of the Sales Managers Association.

His first job, was as an Analytical Chemist at Patterson & Stead, 1942 to 1948. He joined Merrill Pumps as a technical rep until 1959 and then moved to Hilger & Watts as their Northern rep. At this point Don joined the Society of Instrument Technology (now the Institute of Measurement & Control). He was the President of the Institute of Marketing in Sheffield in 1971 and organised a successful conference there.

In 1971, Don left Sheffield, to return to Teesside to become a partner in Pattison & Stead following the takeover of Hilger and Watts. He quickly rose to become the owner of Pattinson & Stead. He also bought into Finlayson Scientific, a supplier of analytical equipment and reagents.
It was through this connection with John Stead, a founder member of the Cleveland Scientific Institution (CSI), that Don was invited in 1990 to become a Council Member as a Donor to the Institution. He was elected President of the Institution in 2005 and a lifelong trustee of that organisation. He was also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. A key theme throughout his life was the encouragement of young people, particularly through judging student awards,

A long-time Boro supporter, managing a youth soccer team whilst his son was playing. Retired in 2006.

Don will be sadly missed. He will be remembered for his wit and humour as well as his attention to detail.


jim jacksonThe Institution is saddened by the passing away of James (Jim) Jackson in his sleep on 14 November 2008.

He was the oldest and longest serving member of the Institution Council, and will be remembered for his astute management of our investments.

He was President in 1965-66 and 1982-83.