Obituary of Sir Lewis Robertson, industrialist and administrator; born 28 November, 1922, in Dundee; died 24 November, 2008, in Edinburgh, aged 85.
He was one of Scotland’s most distinguished post-war businessman who built his name first in the Dundee textile industry and then as a company doctor. Sir Lewis Robertson, CBE, FRSE, turned around several ailing businesses, including the hotel group Reo Stakis in the 1990s, in a manner that won him much acclaim.
He was a believer in committed and efficient management and a pioneer of new technology. He was also a calm and uncompromising operator – he fired the founder’s son at Reo Stakis – but everything Sir Lewis did was thought through to the last detail. When he took over a company he made clear who was in charge, once saying: “I must have absolute authority.”
His meticulous mind and organisational abilities were legendary. Not for nothing was he once labelled “the most methodical man in Scotland”. He listed as a recreation “list-making”.
Sir Lewis was chairman of the policy committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church and a regular at the 8am service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Full story at The Scotsman.