The Griffith University community is mourning the passing of Mr Terry Robertson, a long-time supporter and a champion of the health and education sector on the Gold Coast.
A member of Griffith University’s Foundation Board, Mr Robertson died at the weekend aged 73.
He leaves behind a rich legacy for the University and the broader Queensland community through his advocacy across a range of important initiatives.
Among them was his tireless effort to help establish the Institute for Glycomics, and the ongoing support of its important work in the field of medical research.
Professor Mark von Itzstein, Director of the Griffith University Institute for Glycomics, described Mr Robertson as an influential figure and a mentor who had a deep love for his community.
“Terry Robertson played a transformative role in the Institute for Glycomics engagement with the Gold Coast community, particularly the business community,” said Professor von Itzstein.
“Terry commenced his engagement with the Institute from day one of our establishment and played a vital role in the establishment of our Board of Advice.
Passion for research
“Terry had a deep passion for the research of the Institute and understood the translational opportunities from the research undertaken by Institute scientists.
“As Director of the Institute for Glycomics, I was delighted that Terry had the opportunity of seeing our first product come to market, validating his trust in the Institute’s research.
“I will personally miss his advice and mentorship.”
Mr Robertson, the managing director of Robertson Consolidated Group, an investment and management group with interests in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, was elected to the Griffith University Gold Coast Advisory Council in 2004. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith in 2010.
Friends and colleagues invariably described Mr Robertson as cheerful, great company and a highly skilled businessman who had a great love of the Australian Outback.
Yet it was his unassuming demeanour that led him to develop enduring friendships with influential figures in business and politics, many of whom often sought his counsel.
A driving force
Mr Rob Borbidge AO, who is also on Griffith University’s Foundation Board and a member of the University Advisory Council, had known Mr Robertson for about 30 years.
“Terry was someone with whom you could always discuss matters with the utmost confidence and get sound, good and sympathetic advice,” said Mr Borbidge.
“He was a thorough gentlemen and one of the finest people I have ever met.”
Mr Robertson was one of the driving forces in bringing the Indy 300 race to the Gold Coast in 1991, and later supported the Gold Coast Marathon.
“He was one of those quiet achievers who always did the heavy lifting,” said Mr Borbidge.
Griffith University Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor described Mr Robertson as a ‘wonderful supporter and good friend of Griffith University’.
“We are very sad to hear of his passing,” said Professor O’Connor.