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Professor Arnold Hendry

Posted on 12 May 2014 by Marion

A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on Friday 30 May 2014 at Mayfield Salisbury Church, 1A Mayfield Road, followed by refreshments at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street – all are welcome.

An Exhibition of his collection of paintings by Scottish Artists, will be held in the Dundas Street Gallery, which is below Bourne Fine Arts in Dundas Street, and run from Wednesday 28 May to Saturday 1 June 2014 - all are welcome to visit.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on 14 December 2013, of Professor Arnold Hendry - at the age of 92. Arnold was a leading light in campaigning for improved public transport and a better public realm in Edinburgh over many years. His contribution to the work of the Cockburn Association was invaluable. He was a director of NETCo - the private company led by Professor Lewis Lesley which sought in the early years of this century to bring trams back to Edinburgh. Although the City of Edinburgh Council was not convinced by the technology on offer, I've no doubt that NETCo helped build the case for the return of trams to the capital. I hope that Arnold was able to learn of the first tram returning to Princes Street before his death. He also published a short history of transport proposals for Edinburgh - which made very interesting reading. Arnold was a longtime supporter of reviving the south suburban rail line as a transport facility in the capital. He was also for 26 years (1977-2003) the President of the Scottish Association for Public Transport.

Born in Buckie, Arnold was educated at Buckie High School and Aberdeen University. He had a varied career in civil engineering, starting off working for Sir William Arrol and Co. Ltd. in Glasgow and then starting an academic career as a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, moving on to posts in London, Khartoum, Liverpool and Edinburgh - where he was Professor of Civil Engineering from 1964 to 1988 and then Professor Emeritus.

He moved to Southport to be closer to his daughter in 2007. He didn't forget about Edinburgh, of course - and only last October donated a selection of his book collection to the Cockburn Association.

Above all, I'll remember Arnold for his polite yet dogged insistence that Edinburgh, great as it is, was not as good as it could be - especially as far as transport provision was concerned. I hope that we can, in the coming years, see even more of his visionary ideas come to fruition. That would be the most fitting tribute to Arnold's work and life.


Lawrence Marshall, Convenor of the Association's Transport Committee