Canadian Magazine Industry News
7 January 2010,     TORONTO
Industry mourns passing of Robert Robertson
Following an accident, Bob Robertson passed away last Saturday at age 86 at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

Robertson started working at Maclean Hunter, now part of Rogers Publishing at the age of 17 in the mail room. He worked his way up to a position as vice president, business publications division and served as a director at the company from 1969 to 1986. Among his accomplishments was the creation of the Medical Post which began as a result of his research and business plan in 1965, according to the obituary in The Globe and Mail.

Rogers Publishing senior vice president business and professional publishing John Milne started at the company during Robertson’s tenure and remembers his time there. “Many of the brands that are successful today and the readers we serve today are a result of Bob’s vision and hard work,” he says. “The real milestone of his career was the launching of the Medical Post. I still have the original memo in my drawer that was used to secure the investment. His insights that are reflected in those are so bang on. They are as true today as they were 45 years ago.”

Robertson enjoyed a 23 year retirement, much of which was spent on golf courses with his wife, Betty and friends in Toronto and Florida.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. All will take place at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club, 7994 Yonge St., Thornhill, Ont.

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