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Raymond, Joseph (1881–1954)

Joseph Raymond, n.d.

Joseph Raymond, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 15 May 1954

It is with the deepest regret that we have to record the passing at his home in Lancing, Sussex, England, on 23rd April of Mr. Joseph Raymond, the London manager of The Pastoral Review Pty. Ltd. for over 40 years and an outstanding figure in the British refrigeration industry. He was 73 years of age.

It was as early as 1898 that Mr. Raymond was associated with the late Mr. R. M. Leonard, a prominent London journalist, in the foundation of Cold Storage and Ice Trades Review, and shortly before World War I he was co-author with the late Mr. J. T. Critcheli of A History of the Frozen Meat Trade, the standard historical reference to the foundation and practice of the overseas meat industry in all parts of the world. During that war he continually stressed the vital part cold stores played in the defence of the United Kingdom and in 1917 was appointed secretary of the Advisory Committee in Cold Storage of the British Ministry of Pood.

The growth of the refrigeration industry was reflected in the alterations made in the name of the trade's association, of which Mr. Raymond was honorary secretary for 40 years. Founded as the Cold Storage and Ice Association in 1900, it became, in 1922, the British Cold Storage and Ice Association and, in 1927, the British Association of Refrigeration. Then, in 1944, the association took a step which Mr. Raymond had for years recommended in his journal Modern Refrigeration, viz., the assumption of technical status by the establishment within its constitution of qualified corporate membership. For this purpose the title was changed to The Institute of Refrigeration.

Always a strong supporter of international co-operation in the interests of refrigeration progress, it fell to Mr. Raymond in 1924 to organise the Fourth International Congress of Refrigeration, a memorable meeting of delegates from nearly 50 countries, with meetings and visits that were well attended in numerous centres. At the 5th Congress in Rome, the 6th in Buenos Aires in 1932, and the 7th at the Hague in 1936 Mr. Raymond was an official delegate for the British Government. In 1930 he conceived the idea of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the frozen meat trade in the epoch-making voyage of the s. s. Strathleven, and organised a big banquet in London to honour the memory of the pioneer Thomas Sutcliffe Mort.

In 1917 Mr. Raymond had taken a small deputation of distinguished members of the industry to the department of Scientific and Industrial Research to plead the cause of State-aided research in food organisation. After a long interview with Sir William McCormick and Sir Frank Heath, these representatives of the newly-formed government department recognised the force of the arguments presented and, as the celebrated scientist, Sir William B. Hardy, later acknowledged, this was the beginning of the vast scheme of food research which began at Cambridge and later was reinforced with similar State-aided effort in various parts of the Empire.

Mr. Raymond was elected Secretary Emeritus of the Institute of Refrigeration on his retirement in 1950. He was also an honorary member of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, an associate member of the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers, an honorary member of the Imported Meat Trade Association and also of the New Zealand and Australian Agents Association in London. He was tireless in his energies for the good of the refrigeration industry and never spared himself for the sake of "the cause." Many members of the trade owe him a deep debt of gratitude for help and advice and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His journals, which now include Quick Freezing, will continue to be published by his son, Mr. T. A. Raymond, and his manager, Mr. William Kirkby, who have supplied the United Kingdom Meat Notes in the Review since Mr. Raymond went into partial retirement some years ago.

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Joseph Raymond, n.d.

Joseph Raymond, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 15 May 1954

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23 April 1954
Lancing, Sussex, England

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