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William Murray Cormie 1915-2005.

Former ICE Glasgow and west of Scotland chairman and Council member Bill Cormie died in May at the age of 90.

Cormie graduated with a first class honours degree in civil engineering from Glasgow University in 1937, financed by lecturing part-time at Stow College.

Vacations were spent working for consultant Crouch & Hogg, where he continued his training after graduation.

With the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the supplementary reserve of the Royal Engineers and was sent to France. During the war, Cormie was occupied with blowing up bridges. And once it ended, he went back to France to rebuild them.

Cormie rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded an OBE for military service.

Returning to Crouch & Hogg, he became a partner in 1948 and senior partner in 1968, responsible for designing dams and water supply and hydroelectric schemes, steelworks, roads and bridges.

Key projects included the White Cart Viaduct at Glasgow Airport, the Kessock Bridge near Inverness and the Cromarty & Dornoch Firth bridge crossings.

His biggest project was the Loch Lomond water supply scheme, which now serves central Scotland. The success of this project earned him a CBE.

Cormie's wealth of experience and good sense of judgement led him to become an arbiter on engineering contract disputes and an expert witness in public enquiries at the Houses of Commons and Lords. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1971.

Cormie was a keen angler, an elder at his local church and director of a local sick children's home. He is survived by his five children.

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