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Ron Hooper ACSM
Posted: 30/06/2018 07:53:10
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For those of you who are ex CSM or involved in Cornish Mining you may know that Ron Hooper, the Surveying Lecturer at CSM for many years, has just died aged 94.

He was one of the stalwarts at CSM with his own style of lecturing/hectoring/encouraging students to get to grips with log tans and Weiss quadrilaterals, with weeks spent at KEM surveying with chains, plane tables, 20" optical theodolites and the like. He updated the Mining surveying book originally written by Fred Winiberg, and exam sheets showing typical levelling bookings, for example, were often noted with the name "B.Ware" - typical of his sense of humour.

Always approachable, and ready to give praise where due, he could liven up the lectures with his anecdotes and smatterings of "ok, you got it, yep!". He could equally put down a late entry into the class with withering wit. Brilliant.

What a different world we inhabit now, but the foundations for me and I suspect many others were laid in the survey rooms at Pool and KEM.

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Posted: 30/06/2018 18:35:09
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Saddened to hear the news but a good innings. I remember helping to 'kidnap' Ron during Crazy Week, using a wheelbarrow to take him to the Bassett Arms, if my memory serves. We then plied him with copious amounts of booze, such that one of his daughters (much admired in the far-off non PC days by us lot) had to collect him, in the company of Mrs Hooper, as he was unable to stand. We issued a ransom demand to the Principal, but can't remember if they paid up. IP: 2.30.1.220
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Ron Hooper ACSM
Posted: 01/07/2018 23:01:12
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I met Ron on a couple of occasions, both times about information on Duchy properties, for which he was the mineral agent. Nice chap, very helpful and amenable.
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Posted: 18/07/2018 15:12:28
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I last met Ron about 20 years ago. He was much amused to learn the role that surveying had played in my subsequent career, not having been distinguished in the field in my time at CSM.

One thing you learnt NOT to do, was ask Ron for “pointers” regarding the end-of-year “finals” which in those far-off days, had a material bearing on your subsequent studies. Ron had a range of answers which pretty much, all led to revising the whole years’ notes and often, more besides.

He also had a remarkable knowledge of the various guesses, manipulations and downright frauds attempted in writing up the Survey Course notes, during the second year, and many a Survey Plan returned to its author bearing the dismissal “traced!” ... this wasn’t (usually) a failing matter but it DID often lead to a good deal of extra work rectifying any deficiencies which Ron felt, should not be exposed to the scrutiny of external examiners. Surveying was not for the faint-hearted in those days of manual booking, 7-figure logs and coffee-grinder calculators Crying

I still have my copy of Winiberg and Hooper in my study....

IP: 85.255.235.200 Edited: 18/07/2018 15:18:17 by derrick man
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Posted: 18/07/2018 23:13:18
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As for the Survey plan the two things I recall that would really get Ron's goat were triangulation sightlines drawn through buildings and lurid crayon-like topography colours instead of a subtle colour wash.

It's good to see the old survey room is still there at KEM.
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Posted: 19/07/2018 05:42:17
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B175 wrote:

As for the Survey plan the two things I recall that would really get Ron's goat were triangulation sightlines drawn through buildings and lurid crayon-like topography colours instead of a subtle colour wash.

It's good to see the old survey room is still there at KEM.


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