Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

LEWIS, David Owen , b. 28 July 1865, Newton, North Wales; d. 4 Feb. 1947, Vancouver. Coming to Canada in 1882, he worked on the location and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway until 1889, when he became assistant engineer of municipal land surveys and railway work for the State of Washington. He returned to the CPR in 1893, and in 1903, headed land and townsite surveys for Gore, Brunet and Co., Victoria. From 1903 to 1921, he did location and maintenance work for the Canadian National Railway. Becoming a consultant in 1921, he was best known as an advisor to British Columbia in the freight rates enquiry of 1921. During the last ten years of his life, he was a consultant to the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (renamed Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), served on its council (1916-1918) and was elected vice president in 1919. He was president of the provincial engineering licensing and regulatory body, the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of British Columbia (1922). He was also a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain, and the American Railway Engineering Association. He belonged to the Union Club of British Columbia and the Anglican Church. He married Caroline Martha Hall in 1897 and they had two daughters.

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