About Brewster Milton Robertson
A recent inductee to the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, OK, Brewster Milton Robertson is a writer/novelist regularly writing about the arts, authors and contemporary literature for PW and other widely-read periodicals. A 1995 Pushcart Prize nominee and nominee for 1995 and 1996 Best American Essays, Robertson is author of three novels: Rainy Days and Sundays (2000), The Grail Mystique (2003), and A Posturing of Fools (2004). Motion picture rights to Robertson’s Golden Eye Literary Award debut novel, Rainy Days and Sundays, were acquired by Alan Brown, producer (with Alan Ladd, Jr.) of Pat Conroy’s novel, Beach Music. All of Robertson’s novels were nominated for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards.
Born in Roanoke, Virginia on January 25, 1929, Brewster Milton Robertson attended Andrew Lewis High School in nearby Salem, Virginia where he played all sports. After high school, he entered Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia and graduated in June, 1948 with a diploma in Pre-Med. He transferred to Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary (now Virginia Commonwealth University) where he studied Commercial Art for two years before leaving a few days prior to the North Korean invasion of Seoul on June 27, 1950 (and just six-weeks before his marriage to his high-school sweetheart in early August) to accept employment as a commercial artist and assistant to the Division Advertising Manager of a large grocery chain in Roanoke, Virginia.
As the Truce Talks in Korea slowed to a standstill, Robertson passed the Officer Candidate Test and enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 2, 1952 for the explicit purpose of attending OCS. Upon completing sixteen weeks of Fire Direction Basic Training at FARTC in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in June of 1952, Robertson entered Class 30-52 of Artillery OCS at Fort Sill on July 7, 1952, graduating as a Second Lieutenant on December 13, 1952. Having a college diploma in Pre-Med—and due to severe losses of medical officers in the Korean combat zone—Robertson was immediately selected to go to Fort Sam Houston, Texas to attend the Basic Officers Course of the Medical Service Corps.
Upon completing this specialized training as an Assistant Battalion Surgeon in March 1953, he was ordered to Camp Picket, Virginia, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Exec in Company B, 6th Medical Training Battalion, MRTC (Medical Replacement Training Center) until June, 1953 when he received orders for Korea.
Arriving in Korea in July, 1953 as the final battle of Pork Chop Hill was being fought, Robertson was assigned as Adjutant to the 121st Evacuation Hospital just south of the Han River Bridge near Kimpo Airfield. After the truce was signed on 27 July, and following the completion of Operation Big Switch, Robertson was rotated home in late November with an early release from active duty of Army reserve officers who had completed two years service during the war.
Following his military service Robertson went to work in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1981, Robertson was invited to the White House to consult with Nancy Reagan’s fledgling efforts to combat drug use among school-age children.
In the late 1980s, Robertson transferred his copywriting skills and considerable medical marketing experience to the specialized area of public relations for private hospitals. In 1992, Robertson retired from the field of medical marketing and immediately began his current career as a novelist, writer and literary critic.
In his varied endeavors, Brewster Milton Robertson has been a commercial artist, Army Medical Service officer, a pharmaceutical salesman, marketing consultant, Marketing Director for various hospitals and medically-oriented companies, literary critic, novelist, teacher, photographer’s model, film actor, ghost writer and consulting editor.