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Captain Alfred Norman Cockcroft †


21 March 1930 – 8 December 2015

Captain Cockcroft became a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) in 1963 and was awarded a Fellowship in 1976 (FRIN). He was awarded the Institute’s Bronze Medal, for the Journal of Navigation’s best paper, as well as the Gold Medal in 1982. In the period until the late 1990s within RIN he became Chairman of the Marine Traffic and Navigation Group, was a member of Council and of the Technical Committee, served as Vice-President and represented the Institute on the UK Safety of Navigation Committee. He also represented the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), was a Visiting Professor at the IMO World Maritime University and became an IMO consultant on ship routeing projects.

Norman Cockcroft had Parkinson’s disease in his later years and passed away at the age of 85 on 8 December 2015. His wife Janice, with whom he had two sons and two daughters, predeceased him by six weeks.