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Richard Portway Dobson (1914-1993)

Name: Richard Portway Dobson
Sex: Male
Father: John Frederic Dobson (1875-1947)
Mother: Dina Portway (1885-1968)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 11 Feb 1914 64 Coldharbour Road, Bristol
Title Sir
Death 24 Oct 1993 (age 79) 20 Devonshire Place, Westminster, London W.1

Individual Note (shared)

Sir Richard Portway Dobson, businessman, spent most of his working life in the service of the British-American Tobacco Company, later BAT Industries, which he joined after graduating from Kings College, Cambridge. He represented the company's interests in China for many years up till 1940. After war service in the RAF, he returned to BAT, working in China and then Rhodesia. He was appointed Deputy Chairman in 1962, Vice-Chairman in 1968 and Chairman in 1970, finally becoming President from 1976 to 1979.

In 1976-77, Dobson also served as non-executive chairman of British Leyland, until he was forced to resign due to controversy over indiscrete remarks which he made at a businessmen's dinner.

Dobson was knighted in the New Year Honours List 1976.

Source: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography