Eric Jewitt

Former Principal of Walsall Technical College and Northampton College of Technology, Eric
Jewitt, studied Electrical Engineering at Bradford Technical College, attaining his Bachelor of
Science in 1932. He returned as Lecturer from 1933 to 1935.

Eric JewittEric Jewitt studied Electrical Engineering at Bradford Technical College, and graduated as Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 1932. He was awarded a Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1931 and a Diploma in Power Production and Transmission in 1932. For a 2 year period, from 1933 to 1935, he returned to Bradford Technical College as Lecturer, until his appointment as Lecturer in Mathematics and Electrical Transmission and Distribution of Power at Derby Technical College in September 1935.

During WW2, having a reserved occupation, Eric trained servicemen in Wireless Telegraphy and Radar, and also worked closely with Rolls Royce in Derby. There was always much speculation in the family about what they exactly did there!

Born on the 12th December 1910 in London. The family then moved to Primrose Terrace in Bradford. He was appointed Principal of Walsall Technical College in 1950, aged only 39, and then Principal of Northampton College of Technology in 1955, until his retirement in 1973.

His niece, Helen, recalls “Uncle Eric was an amazing man. He never visited our house empty handed, often turning up with a hard backed encyclopaedia or general knowledge book - he did so much to nurture my young enquiring mind. He was such a great family man. Christmas wouldn’t have been Christmas without a visit to Northampton. He always made sure he cooked the most magnificent full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, not just for his children, Michael, Mary and Peter, and grandchildren, Douglas, Richard and Atul, but for the whole extended family - a spread that would have expanded the waistline of good old Father Christmas himself!

He also took an interest in his roots, spending many, many years researching his ancestral lines. And he always made sure the family tree was kept up to date, adding a new ‘twig’ for each new member born. He also followed in the footsteps of his Uncle John - by claiming his pension for over 30 years! In his 90’s, Uncle Eric still enjoyed sitting out in the garden in his shorts, completing The Times' crossword – they certainly don’t make ‘em like they used to!”

Photograph of painting supplied by Michael Jewitt