Pensioners Index

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KAYE, Ernest Joseph (1922-2012) Bsc (Eng) A.C.G.I. circuit designer of LEO I Computer. Kaye was born in London on 20 June 1922 of Simon and Dinah Kaye (née Hoffman). Formally Kamenetzky, his father had emigrated from Eastern Europe in 1905 to escape the pogroms and changed the family name to Kaye. Ernest was educated at Kilburn Grammar School where, as a prodigious musician, he won many musical prizes. He later attended Imperial College, London, where he studied engineering between 1940 and 1942. He joined General Electric Research Laboratories in 1942, working in the communications section, on underwater homing torpedoes and later on pulse modulation and electro-mechanical relay systems. He remained there until 1949. He joined J. Lyons & Co. Ltd. in 1949 as Assistant to Dr John Pinkerton and was jointly responsible for much of the early circuit design of the LEO computer. With Ernest Lenaerts and John Pinkerton he published a series of articles in Electronic Engineering during 1954 that won them the Radio Industry Council's award for the best technical writing of the year. Kaye married in 1947 to Marianne Zeisl, a refugee from Vienna, and they subsequently had a son and twin son and daughter. Ernest Kaye stayed with Leo Computers Limited through many mergers and finally left to join Control Data, first as Marketing Manager and then United Kingdom Service Manager for the American Control Data Corporation. In 1968 he retired from computer activities to run Lewis & Kaye (Hire) Limited, renting silver, glass and china for film and television production companies. His showrooms were like an Aladdin's Cave. Ernest Kaye died on 21 April 2012 on the eve of the Leo Computer Society reunion which he was due to attend.

KLUE, Douglas E (xxxx-1975) died on 23 October 1975. He was head of JL Catering Works Services from the mid-sixties until the end of 1974, when he became a consultant on works matters for the six months prior to his retirement in June 1974. By then he had served 49 years with the company. His career began in 1925 with a five year apprenticeship in general engineering, which was followed by several years in the Engineer's Drawing Office designing catering equipment made for the teashops in the company's own workshops. From the drawing office he moved on, as a junior supervisor, to site installations in teashops. During the war he was seconded as works manager to a firm of hydraulic engineers making equipment for the Ministry of Aircraft Production and later became assistant general manager co-ordinating the output from half a dozen factories. On his return to teashops at the end of 1946 he was put in charge of a team whose task was to modernise the catering equipment used in the teashops and he travelled extensively abroad to study the methods and equipment in other countries. The appointment as Head of Teashops Works Services came in 1955, and when, in 1963 Catering Division was formed from Teashops and the Corner Houses, Douglas Klue took charge of the combined Works Services. Later this took in the Liverpool based Robley Group restaurants which Lyons had acquired in 1962. He was also responsible for the works departments of the public houses and the Town & County Catering Group. Douglas Klue left a son and daughter.