Surveyor introduced Bermudians to the profession
Frank Lund, who died last month at age 95, is remembered for his significant role shaping the surveying profession in Bermuda.
Born in Sheffield, England, on January 30, 1922, Mr Lund was the son of a railway worker. He was the youngest of four children and the only boy.
At the age of 16, he joined the valuation office in Sheffield.
He signed up for the RAF after the start of the Second World War and was later posted to 233 Squadron of Coastal Command and operated out of Gibraltar and Agadir on convoy escort and anti-submarine patrols. He returned to the valuation office in Sheffield after his service.
Mr Lund and wife Connie arrived in Bermuda in the mid-1970s and remained until he retired in 1988.
He launched a student exchange programme in 1977 with Sheffield Polytechnic — now Sheffield Hallam University.
Chris Farrow, chief surveyor with the Department of Public Lands and Building, was one of a number of Bermudians mentored by Mr Lund.
Mr Farrow, who worked under Mr Lund in the 1980s, said he promoted surveying as a career path for Bermudians.
He added: “At the time, there were no Bermudians at management level in the surveying disciplines in government.
“Frank set up a succession plan that gave an opportunity for students to work for Public Works during the summer holidays to get a taste for surveying.
“They were not only offered bursaries to go to the UK to study — Frank used his connections at Sheffield Polytechnic to reserve places on the course for Bermudians.”
Mr Farrow said that students were guaranteed jobs during the holidays and benefited from a programme set up to move the students though various departments to get work experience.
He added: “The opportunities that he provided for Bermudians speak to his character and his commitment to Bermuda.
“All of the students — without exception — that Frank mentored through this programme have gone on to have very successful careers in surveying both within private practice and public service.
“I certainly have a great respect and a deep gratitude to him for what he has done for me personally.”
Brian Madeiros, president at Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty, said he met Mr Lund when he explored career options around real estate-related disciplines.
Mr Madeiros said Mr Lund's guidance helped him to choose to study to become a chartered valuation surveyor.
He recalled Mr Lund as a “firm but fair” man who put a strong emphasis on professionalism.
Mr Madeiros added: “Upon reflection, I now see that he also had a tremendous amount of humility and probably would not feel entirely comfortable with public recognition as it relates to the impact he actually had on numerous Bermudians, their lives and careers.”
He said: “Through his direct efforts to assist to ‘Bermudianise' the chartered valuation surveying industry in Bermuda, a number of Bermudians — including myself — now hold leadership positions in our respective organisations.”
Leo Mills, former Cabinet secretary, said Mr Lund was a “gregarious” man who possessed a “tremendous sense of humour”.
Mr Mills added: “He made a lot of friends — and he made them easily. He was very down to earth.”
He said Mr Lund was a member of Hamilton's Wesley Methodist Church where both were part of the congregation.
Mr Lund and his wife also worked with Rotary and Meals on Wheels.
Mr Lund, a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, was largely responsible for Bermuda's land registry system and the computerisation of the first valuation list.
He also recommended redevelopment projects for Dockyard, the railway right-of-way and Darrell's Island — and helped to get the first two off the ground.
Mr Mills said: “His interests were certainly far and wide, and it was fortunate that Bermuda was able to tap into his vast store of knowledge and expertise.”
Mr Lund in 1992, along with two associates and Rotary International, launched the Aquabox.
The boxes, filled with humanitarian aid items, are sent to victims of conflict and natural disasters.
The empty boxes can be used as water filtration devices.
More than 100,000 boxes have been distributed in countries around the world, including Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Syria and the Philippines.