The Joseph N. McCarey Memorial Award in Mechanical Engineering

Joseph N. McCarey passed away on October 2, 1992. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorcas Murphy, with whom he had two sons, Michael and Jim. The Joseph N. McCarey Memorial Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering was established by Mr. McCarey’s second wife, Myrtle Colden McCarey, to honour his distinguished engineering career due in large part to his Queen’s University education.

Mr. Joseph Newell McCarey was born on February 19, 1912, in Kingston, Ontario, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Payette of Arnprior, Ontario. He graduated from Queen's University in 1935 with a B.Sc. In Mechanical Engineering. During WWII, 1939-1945, he was employed at the Ottawa Car and Aircraft Company under Mr. C.D. Howe, the Federal Minister of Transport, who was in charge of munitions, supplies and air services.

From 1935 to 1967, McCarey used his engineering skills working for the following firms in Canada and abroad: Dominion Engineering Works in Lachine, Quebec, Canadian International Paper Company in Temiskaming and Hawkesbury, Stephens-Adamson Manufacturing Company of Canada and Stephens-Adamson International (Switzerland), Ford Motor Company of Canada, Hewitt Robins Canada and Central Bridge Company where he worked on the central bridge.

In 1967, he became a self-employed consultant, specializing in conceptual and definitive designs for mechanical handling equipment. Projects took him to Europe, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Jamaica and South America. He worked for companies such as General Engineering Co. Ltd., McDowell-Wellman Engineering, Carr & Donald & Associates; Atkins, Hatch & Associates; Alcan Engineering Services; Fenco Consultants Ltd. and Fenco Lavalin Inc.

In the mid-to-late 80’s, McCarey again worked with Carr & Donald & Associates on the SkyDome project in Toronto, Ontario, being responsible for the complete mechanics of the dome roof.

Queen’s Archives houses the Joseph Newell McCarey papers that include blueprints, drawings and reports: “Joseph Newell McCarey fonds”, Locator #5156.