In memoriam: An appreciation of past members

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Tom Pollard

Tom Pollard, who died on 10 February 2009 aged 87, was one of the foremost longwall mining engineers of his generation.

Douglas Simpson

Douglas Simpson had a long career in the mining industry.

Peter Vipan, who died in November 2008 five days after his 87th birthday, was Vice-President of the former Institution of Mining and Metallurgy from 1977-80.

It was with regret that the tragic death of Ian Bottomley was reported to the SPF committee at the last assembled meeting in October 2008.

Obituary of the technical director of Permabond and winner of the 2005 de Bruyne Medal - Bill Lees, the 'guru of glue'