Dr. Harry Duncan Roberts
Dr. Harry Duncan Roberts was born November 21, 1908, in St. John's, the son of Job Henry and Effie Jane Roberts. Dr. Roberts received his formal education at the Methodist College in St. John's, Memorial University of Newfoundland and McGill University. In 1936, he graduated from Dalhousie University with amedical degree.
Dr. Roberts became involved in the organization of the medical profession soon after he set up practice. He was an active member of the Newfoundland Medical Association, serving as its honourary secretary 1939-1947 and as president in 1950.
While maintaining an active career in medicine, Dr. Roberts also became an entrepreneur opening the first modern motel in Newfoundland in 1956, the Kenmount Motel, and several years later the Battery Hotel. In partnership, Dr. Roberts began a pharmaceutical business in 1950 with the opening of Elizabeth Drugs Limited. The chain eventually grew to five stores and was followed by the creation of a wholesale drug distribution operation known as Pharmaceutical Supplies Limited (PSL) which went on to be listed as one of the 50 largest businesses in the Atlantic provinces in 1993.
Dr. Roberts has received many awards in recognition of his contribution to his profession, his business enterprises and his community including Canada's Centennial Medal in 1967 and The Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1978. In 1979, Dr. Roberts was made a member of the Order of Canada. In 1980, he received a honourary Doctorate of Laws degree from Memorial University.