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Robert Elston Cawthorn

Robert Elston Cawthorn, British, American health care executive.


  • Cawthorn, Robert Elston was born on September 28, 1935 in Masham, England. Came to the United States, 1982. Son of Gerald P. and Gertrude E. (Longster) Cawthorn.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Agriculture, Cambridge University, 1959.


    • Various executive positions Pfizer, Inc., Canada, Africa, Middle East and Europe, 1961-1979. President Biogen S.A., Geneva, 1979-1982, Rorer International, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 1982-1983. Executive vice president Rorer Group, Inc., 1982-1984, president, 1985-1985, president, chief executive officer, 1985-1986, chairman, chief executive officer, from 1986.

      Chief Executive Officer Rhóne-Poulenc Rorer, Inc. (formerly Rorer Group, Inc.), Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 1988-1995. Chairman Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc.

      (formerly Rorer Group, Inc.), 1988-1996, chairman board directors, since 1996, chairman emeritus, since 1996. Chairman Fisons plc, 1995-1996. Managing director Global Health Care Partners, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Merchant Banking Partners, since 1996.

      Board directors Sun Company Inc., Columbia Broadcasting System Corporation.


    Board directors United Way Southeastern Pennsylvania, trustee, 1985-1996. Board directors Greater Philadelphia 1st. corporation, 1986-1995, World Affairs Council Pennsylvania, 1986-1990, International Business Forum, chairman, 1987-1989. Trustee The Baldwin School, 1984-1986, University Pennsylvania, since 1992, University Pennsylvania Medical Center, since 1992.

    Member Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (board directors 1985-1994), Greater Philadelphia City of Chamber (board directors since 1987).


    • Married H. Susan Marshall, January 15, 1960. Children: Amanda, Liza.
    • father: Gerald P. Cawthorn
    • mother: Gertrude E. (Longster) Cawthorn
    • spouse: H. Susan Marshall
    • children: Amanda Cawthorn
    • Liza Cawthorn
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    Born September 28, 1935