Andrew Geddis

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With daughter, Margaret and future son-in-law Donald Callander at Poona Aug '43
Leading in Sauce Anglais winner of the Juhu Plate, April ‘45

Andrew Geddis (July 1886 – 23 February 1976) was a leading business man and sports enthusiast in Bombay in the decades leading up to independence.

Biography[edit]

He was Chairman of the Royal Western India Turf Club (1931–1939) and instigated Mumbai Races's A.Geddis Plate. His extensive business interests included a directorship of the Bank of India Ltd and co-founding Geoffrey Manners & Co. Ltd., which became a leading distributor and manufacturer of Consumer Healthcare products and Pharmaceuticals across India until its amalgamation in April 2003 with the Wyeth Corporation, formerly known as American Home Products (AHP),one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

He left Bruntsfield Place in Edinburgh for Bombay in 1907 to work for James Finlay & Co. Ltd. and went on to become extensively involved in the Ahmedabad textile industry becoming a Director of the Ahmedabad Jubilee Spinning & Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and the Ahmedabad Manufacturing & Calico Printing Co. Ltd., as well as Director of the India Cotton Association and the Chairman of Mill Owners' Mutual Insurance Association Ltd from its inception.

Kamal Mahal in 1940

His wider interests included, as well as co-founding Geoffrey Manners & Co. Ltd., directorships of the Tata Hydroelectric Power Supply Co., Ltd., the Indian Radio & Cable Communications Co.and the Bank of India Ltd. He was a member of the G. 1. P. Railway Advisory committee for 13 years and was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Bombay Port trust in 1920.

A keen horse racing enthusiast, as well as his chairmanship of the Western India Turf Club was also Chairman of the Turf Club House, Poona. Other interests included being Chairman of the Bombay Scottish Orphanage Society and Chairman of the Caledonia society of Bombay.

Before retiring in 1946 he lived for several years in the fourth floor apartment on the left below the penthouse in the iconic art deco Kamal Mahal building,[1] originally called Sethna House, on Carmichael Road in South Mumbai, which together with the adjacent Altamont Road was rated the tenth dearest address in the world in a in 2009 survey.[2] He also had a beach house at Juhu.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High life: Flat on Carmichael Rd fetches Rs 33 cr" : Times of India, Apr 30, 2010". The Times Of India. 30 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Wealth Holding Page". Wealth-bulletin.com. Retrieved 2009-09-22.