Captain Robert Dollar: Grand Old Man of the Pacific
American culture is youth-oriented. Seniors are not welcome, often regarded as lacking the mental capacity to be innovative or successful. The story of Capt. Robert Dollar flies in the face of such a myopic view; he built one of the largest shipping companies in the world and made his fortune in the quarter century following his 60th birthday, in his "golden" years! And he loved every minute of it. Dollar was born in 1844 in a small apartment above a lumberyard office in Falkirk, Scotland. His father managed the yard. When Dollar was 9, his mother died. Two years later, he left school and began a series of odd jobs to help the family survive. In 1856, Dollar's father moved the family to New Edinburgh, Quebec, while pursuing work in Canada's burgeoning lumber trade.