Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard


BRYDONE-JACK, Ernest Edmund, b. 9 Nov. 1871, Fredericton, NB; d. 23 May 1960, Joshua Tree, California.  A graduate of the University of New Brunswick (BA 1891) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (C.E. 1894), he was a draughtsman for the Pennsylvania Steel Company (1895-1898) and a construction engineer for the Keystone Bridge Works, Pittsburgh (1898-1900). In 1901, he became the first dean of the engineering faculty, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, where he was also  city engineer, positions he held until 1905. He was a Dalhousie University professor (1905-1907), before becoming the first dean of civil engineering, University of Manitoba (1907-1917). From 1917 to 1934, he acted as superintending engineer, Public Works of Canada, for the prairie provinces, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. In 1930, he chaired an inquiry into the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver. He was a councillor (1911-1913), then vice president (1915) of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (renamed Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), and president of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia (1924). He was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education and the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain. In 1926 the University of New Brunswick awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science. He belonged to the Winnipeg Canadian Club,  and, in 1896, married Mary Ann Fisher and they had two sons before she died in 1939. He married Marion Bryant in 1940. 


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