Born November 5, 1929; Died September 26, 2012.
Alastair Thomson, who has died aged 82, was a director of the Dundee newspaper firm DC Thomson.
The elder son of Sidney and Madge Thomson, he was born at the family home in Broughty Ferry and educated at Cargilfield and Merchiston Castle schools in Edinburgh.
After completing his national service with the Royal Artillery, mainly in Dortmund, Germany, with the British Army of the Rhine, he joined the family publishing firm in March 1950.
His great uncle, David Couper Thomson – DC Thomson – ran the business after founding it, along with his brothers William and Frederick, in 1905.
Alastair Thomson, always known in the firm as Mr Alastair, was closely involved in all aspects of the company. Its business interests include book publishing and a range of newspapers, magazines and comics, both regional and national, encompassing the Press and Journal, the Courier, the Weekly News, the Sunday Post, The People's Friend and The Beano, whose cartoon characters from The Broons to Desperate Dan are known the world over.
He travelled extensively to Europe, the US and Japan to help the company benefit from the latest developments and techniques in the printing industry. He was appointed a director in 1974 and held the position for 30 years.
Andrew F Thomson, chairman of DC Thomson and grandson of founding brother William, said: "Alastair Thomson had completed a remarkable 54 years' service with the firm on his retiral in July 2004. He was an active director and played a fundamental role in our production departments, helping to drive the technological advancements of the company.
"He enjoyed being part of a team which helped each other freely and took a keen interest in all aspects of the business and in our staff members."
He also served on the board of various companies related to DC Thomson and was governor of Pitlochry Festival Theatre for more than 30 years. He stepped down from the theatre's governing body in 2005 but maintained a keen interest in the theatre and regularly attended performances. He also enjoyed opera, travelling to see productions in Verona and to concerts of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, but his favourite holiday destination was the Isle of Arran.
Other leisure interests included gardening, hill walking and skiing: he was a life member of Dundee Ski Club and regularly visited European ski resorts. He was also a keen supporter of the Strathspey Railway Preservation Society and had a lifelong interest in motoring and cars.
He married Margaret in 1957, with whom he had sons Fraser and Blair and daughter Morag. Widowed in 2003, he married again and is survived by his wife Gwendiline, his children and five grandchildren.
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