Fenrick de Four (15th Apr 1926-3rd Apr 2004)
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Born on April 15th 1926, Fenrick De Four was a former student of St. Mary’s College. In 1950 he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, Washington DC. He received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering (1954) from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York and a Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics (1956) from New York University, New York. He also pursued numerous short courses including Executive Management Studies (1965) at the University of the West Indies and the Owner/President Management Program (1980) at Harvard University, USA.
Always at the forefront in his career, Mr. De Four was a founding member, President and Fellow of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT) and the first Secretary-General of the Council of Caribbean Engineering Organisations (1966 – 1973). He served as the first Chairman of the Board of Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago for twelve years from 1986. He was also President of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (1991). In 1972 he founded A De B Consultants Limited, Port of Spain and served as its Chairman and Managing Director. He was also the Director of A De B practices in Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, St. Kitts and London.
Throughout his career, Mr. De Four served on many national commissions as well as committees to review or establish engineering codes and standards. He was also an expert adviser to the NIHERST Committee on the Recognition of Degrees (CORD) for several years. For his outstanding contributions, he was honoured with APETT’s “Career in Excellence” Award, as well as the Chaconia Medal (Silver) posthumously in 2004.
Despite his decorated career, Mr. De Four was a humble, kind and generous man who was active in the St. Vincent De Paul Society and Opus Dei.
This exemplary engineer, devoted husband and father of four passed away on April 3rd 2004.