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Colin Beatty FRIN

26 October 2019   (1 Comments)
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With great sadness we report the passing of Past-President Colin Beatty FRIN on 20 October.

Colin started his career with S G Brown Ltd, dealing with navigation and missile systems, and then went to sea with Cunard as an electrical engineer officer for a couple of years. In 1969 he joined Magnavox, working on the introduction of Transit satnav systems to navies and merchant fleets, and then progressed to GPS and Omega; he was Marketing Manager at Magnavox from 1977 to 1988.

He then formed his own marketing and consulting company, CBi Ltd, but also became General Manager of Ashtech Europe Ltd for five years from 1993. Back with his own company, he specialised in GPS and GLONASS products and applications, advising the likes of the Yeoman Group and Hutchison 3G. Into the the current century, Colin specialised in very high accuracy GNSS and attitude applications for land, sea and air requirements.

Colin had joined the Institute in 1975 and quickly became a very active member, being granted Fellowship in 1992. He served periods on Council from 1990, was a Vice-President from 1997 and became Institute President from 2011 to 2013. He was also active in Land Vehicle and Satellite Navigation Special Interest Groups and became Technical Committee Chairman for a period in the early 2000s.

Colin’s expertise was also sought outside the Institute; he became Chairman of the UK Satellite Co-ordinating Committee, linking industry and Government on Galileo issues, and for a period was a Member of Council of the International Hydrographic Society.

Sadly, Colin died at the Macmillan Cancer Unit of Christchurch Hospital, having suffered from cancer for some years. Not only has the Institute suffered the loss of a huge contributor to its activities and reputation, but many of us have lost an extremely good friend. We pass our deepest condolences to his wife Ruth, sons Chris and Nick and their families.

Colin M D Beatty      4 December 1942 - 20 October 2019


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Posted 29 October 2019
Colin Beatty was a treasured friend and colleague of my wife and I; for nearly 40 years. His infectious enthusiasm, friendship and technical guidance was highly valued and in private life his construction success left us all in awe. Apart from work, we spent many happy times together yachting in the Mediterranean, canal boating in the UK and at numerous social occasions. On behalf of his friends and colleagues in New Zealand we send heartfelt condolences to his families past and present and Colin assuredly lives on in our cherished memories. Sir Neville and Lady Diane Jordan New Zealand