Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Baron Tombs 1924-2020

_. The Lord Tombs, a life peer, industrialist and politician, died 11 April, 2020. He was 95.

Francis Leonard Tombs, was born 17 May, 1924, a son of Joseph Tombs. He was educated at Elmore Green School, Walsall, and at the University of London. Tombs had a career in industry, particularly in electricity generation.

 He was chairman of the South of Scotland Electricity Board, the Electricity Council and Rolls-Royce.

Tombs was president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1981 and became an Honorary Fellow of its successor organisation the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 1991. Tombs was named chairman of Turner & Newall P.L.C., Britain's largest manufacturer of asbestos products on 30 November 1982, and remained there throughout much of the 1980s.

Knighted in 1978, Tombs was created a life peer on 29 February 1990, as Baron Tombs, of Brailes in the County of Warwickshire. He was granted a leave of absence in March 2008 which lasted until July 2010. Lord Tombs retired from the House of Lords on 31 March 2015. He wrote a memoir, entitled Power Politics: Political Encounters in Industry and Engineering. &c,

He was predeceased by his wife the former Marjorie Evans, daughter of Albert Evans, of Walsall.

He leaves issue, daughters, Catherine, Elizabeth and Margaret.


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