Jim was born in Fulton, Missouri to Millard L. and Mary Adele (Poore) Robertson. He is survived by a Brother, Lee Robertson of Downers Grove, Il, wife Carol; Daughter Cathrine, husband, Albert and Grandson Thayer Jones; and Son Eric all of Wake Forest. Grand children include David Mead and wife Kailyn, Dan Mead and fiancé Chelsey Frasier. Great Grand children include Connor Mead and Marlee Mead both of Wake Forest.
Jim grew up in Fulton Missouri where he attended High School, received his Eagle Scout Award and later attended The University of Missouri, Columbia. He met his life partner, Carol and after marriage they embarked on a life adventure.
Starting an IBM career in Poughkeepsie, New York, Jim specialized in software process engineering and mainframe software development. In 1981 they moved to Raleigh where Jim became the manager of a significant software development program for IBM. After delivery of that product they spent 3 years in Europe (Holland) promoting the IBM world wide network. After returning to Raleigh, Jim became involved in telecommunications and managed groups of IBMers all over the world to deliver several products. After 30 years Jim retired form IBM.
He started his own Management Consulting business but soon found himself joining Perot Systems. He worked for Ross Perot in California creating the first market driven electricity market. He and Carol spent 2 more years in Holland working with the Dutch Telephone company and then returned to the States to help Volkswagen/Audi of America. Then back to Raleigh to oversee the Y2K transition for Quintiles, the largest contract pharmaceutical company in the world.
The last Perot tour was developing a programming development center in London to support clients through Europe starting with a company in Luxemburg. The last deployment was Reston, Virginia as Program Management Director for Sprint Nextel.
After finally retiring, Jim focused on community service. He was on the Board of Directors of a non-profit Corporation promoting environmental issues, the Board of Directors for the Wake Forest Rotary Foundation, Inc., President of The Wake Forest Rotary Club and Vice President of Wake Forest Arts. He and Carol provided consulting for Berlitz Relocation Services to facilitate smooth transitions for European expatriates coming to work in the US and US citizens moving to Europe. He was also a long time member of the Dutch Club (De Weiken).
The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Wehbie, the staff at UNC Rex Cancer Care of Wakefield and the Hospice Care nurses and staff for their kind and considerate care.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Transitions Life Care Hospice of Wake County.
Memorial services will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Rev. Donald Warren will officiate.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest