Roy Herbert Thomson

Roy Herbert Thomson




Class of 1981

Lord Thomson of Fleet

Roy Herbert Thomson once said, “Everyone wants to make money but not enough people want it badly enough to work for it.” His gospel was hard work. He purchased the Timmins press in 1934, acquired four more Ontario newspapers by 1944 and ultimately became a publisher on the world scene with newspaper purchases in the United States, Britain, Canada and elsewhere. Service to its community was a principal requirement of his publications.

By 1970, the complex Thomson organization also included an airline, travel, books and magazines, investment and insurance organizations. He formed a consortium in 1972 which discovered two major North Sea oil fields.

Lord Thomson’s appropriate motto on his coat of arms is, “Never a backward step.”

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