Robert Dudley Best (1892-1984), British businessman and pupil of F. M. Alexander.
Best inherited his family brass founder business, Best & Lloyd, known for their lamps and chandeliers (they invented the ‘Surprise’ pendant in 1893 which was the forerunner of today’s angle-poise lamp). Best wrote a biography of his father, R. H. Best (1843-1925), who was one of the founders of the business. Suffering from neck spasms R. D. Best started having lessons in 1929 and became a keen supporter of the Technique. He encouraged teachers to teach in Birmingham and a number of teachers, Patrick Macdonald, Erika Whittaker, Irene Stewart and Anthony Spawforth, taught at his home in Edgebaston. Best’s son, John, went to Alexander’s Little School at Penhill.
Best is mentioned twice in passing in Walter Carrington’s 1946 diary, here quoted by Dr Wilfred (Bill) Barlow:
Bill asked one of Robert Best’s favourite questions: ‘Is “use” synonymous with “reaction”?’ FM said it was.
Best gave a lecture to STAT in 1964, ‘Technique in Industry’, which is published in The Alexander Journal no. 5, Autumn 1966.
In the 1940s he worked on an unfinished essay, ‘Conscious Constructive Criticism,’ in which he criticizes dogmatic approaches to the teaching of the Technique. Also in the Walter Carrington archives there is some correspondence between Best and teachers of the Technique.
 Brass Chandelier by R. D. Best (George Allen & Unwin, 1940).
 John Best, personal correspondence.
 Carrington, Walter H. M., A Time to Remember, 1996, p. 3.