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Juanita Gordon Lloyd Burnby (Death notice)

Juanita Gordon Lloyd Burnby (nee Thomas) died on 3 July 2010

On 3 July 2010, Juanita Gordon Lloyd Burnby (nee Thomas), aged 86, of 8 Bowling Green Lane, Wirksworth, Derby DE4 4EF.

Dr Burnby, a former fellow of the Society, registered in 1946 and retired from the Register in 2005.


JAMES ADDERSON writes: Nita had a strong pharmaceutical background, being the fourth generation of pharmacists within her family.

She followed the conventional path of qualification consisting of several years’ apprenticeship to a community pharmacist with one subsequent year at college.

She joined the firm of John Richardson, Leicester, working as an analyst in quality control. She returned to Leicester College of Technology and was required to take only one further year of study for the External London Degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy.

During her student days some of the enduring interests of Nita’s life were developed, notably history, architecture and archaeology. These were often pursued by the simple means of hitch hiking between youth hostels.

Her love of history developed into a lifelong study of pharmaceutical history and she was an early member (and president) of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy.

For several years, Nita was also editor of the Pharmaceutical Historian. Membership of the International Academy for the History of Pharmacy led to communications with historians throughout the world and travelling widely with her husband.

She published several research papers and wrote a thesis on the English apothecary, resulting in the award of Doctor of Philosophy. Professionally, she was mainly employed in hospital pharmacy, with occasional locum appointments in community pharmacy.

Nita had periods of chronic ill health, but she endured these with stoicism. Regrettably she finally developed a degenerative condition, which stopped all further research and, ultimately, resulted in the need to go into permanent residential care.

Pharmacy has lost a good scholar and we have lost a good friend.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11017800

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