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Tribute to David Crome

David Crome was a Liverpool boy who studied pharmacy at Bradford and returned to Liverpool leading the pharmacy services at Broadgreen Hospital and then the Royal Liverpool University Hospital before moving to Coventry. He touched the lives of many who knew him as a kind, generous, quiet, yet spirited and determined person. One of his consultant colleagues referred to him as ‘the quiet voice that turneth away wrath’ (a reference to Proverbs 15) illustrating the calm and conciliatory way in which he conducted himself and a good example of how David lived out his faith in his everyday life.

Many of David’s staff are grateful for the way he helped shape their early professional years with his wisdom, his belief in them and the opportunities he gave them through responsibility and space to grow. David’s contribution to the development and teaching of clinical pharmacy was enormous. He undertook pioneering work on the development of formulations for Selective Decontamination of the Digestive tract (SDD) allowing the research that saw SDD described as ‘the most researched intervention in intensive care that was never commercialised’.

David had been ill for several years and was nursed at home with devoted care by his wife Anne and their children Matthew and Rebecca. Our sympathy goes out to Anne, children and grandchildren at this difficult time. We will always remember him with fondness and respect. God bless.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20202416

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