Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

 

 

MACPHERSON, Duncan, b. 2 Feb. 1858, Bath, Canada West; d. 2 Jan. 1940, Toronto. Educated at Nappanee High School and the Royal Military College, MacPherson began his career as a rodman with the Canadian Pacific Railway upon graduation from RMC (1880), and rose to divisional engineer in Montreal. In 1905, he joined the National Transcontinental Railway as assistant chief engineer. In 1916, he was appointed second in command of internment camps for enemy aliens, retiring in 1920 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (renamed Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), served for many years on its council and was elected vice president in 1905. He belonged to the St James Club, Montreal and the Rideau Club, Ottawa. He married Emma Rose Owen.

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