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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 268 No 7195 p590-591
27 April 2002

The Society

Obituaries & tributes

Carol Ann Aiken Nina Catherine Hughes Frederick Albert Taylor
Joseph Edward Brettle Gwilym Jones Charles Edward Waterhouse
Betty Busby Lindsay Carroll Jones  
Diana Patricia Carter John Ernest Lake TRIBUTES
Rosemary Patricia Dannell Mary Bridget McElvogue Peter Burberry
Sydney Frank Dennis William McKie Susan Elizabeth Collinson
John Lionel Dulin Cicely Murphy Robert Douglas Dudley
Robert William Richardson Girvan Richard Alan Pickup Richard Hargreaves
William Macdonald Grier Stanley Reginald Prentice Mary Bridget McElvogue
Richard Hargreaves Donald Campbell Skea  
Peter Hudson Maurice William Steinsberg

Aiken Further to the announcement of the death of Carol Ann Aiken (PJ, 19 January, p77), MALCOLM and GILLIAN AIKEN write: On behalf of the family we would like to thank members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and their families, and students of the University of Brighton School of Pharmacy for their messages of sympathy and condolence following the sad and sudden loss of our daughter Carol. The kind thoughts expressed are much appreciated.

Brettle On 4 February, Joseph Edward Brettle, of "Srinagar", 2A Hadendale, Hayseech Cradley Heath, Warley, West Midlands. Mr Brettle registered in 1936 and retired from the register in 1999.

Busby On 28 January, Betty Busby, n?e Yu, MRPharmS, of 103, Ashley Gardens, Thirleby Road, London SW1P 1HJ. Mrs Busby registered in 1962.

Carter On 10 March, Diana Patricia Carter, n?e March, MRPharmS, of 131 Milton Road, Swanscombe, Kent DA10 0LS. Mrs Carter registered in 1952.

Dannell On 10 March, Rosemary Patricia Dannell, MRPharmS, of "Knights Cottage", 28?30 Main Street, Woodnewton, Peterborough PE8 5EB. Mrs Dannell registered in 1962.

Dennis On 17 January, Sydney Frank Dennis, of 209 Havant Road, Drayton, Portsmouth PO6 1DA. Mr Dennis registered in 1932 and retired from the register in 2001.

Dulin On 17 January, John Lionel Dulin, MRPharmS, of 3 Hartfield Close, Hendrefoilan, Killay, Swansea SA2 7HN. Mr Dulin registered in 1951.

Girvan On 5 March, Robert William Richardson Girvan, MRPharmS, of 11 Lawrence Avenue, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire G84 7JH. Mr Girvan registered in 1955.

Grier On 11 December 2001, William Macdonald Grier, of 41 Newton Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH10 6HZ. Mr Grier registered in 1935 and retired from the register in 2001.

Hargreaves On 22 May 2000, Richard Hargreaves, MRPharmS, of 6815 Mokelumne Avenue, Oakland, California 94605, United States. Mr Hargreaves registered in 1939 after graduating from Edinburgh University. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps for six years during the 1939?45 War and was a registered pharmacist in California as well as Britain. (See Tribute).

Hudson On 10 March, Peter Hudson, of 23 Dovecot Close, Gristhorpe, Filey, North Yorkshire. Mr Hudson registered in 1938 and retired from the register in 1985.

Hughes In May 2001, Nina Catherine Hughes, MRPharmS, of "Siriol", 32 Trinity Avenue, Llandudno, L30 2TQ. Miss Hughes registered in 1927.

Jones On 5 March, Gwilym Jones, FRPharmS, of 20 Clear Crescent, Melbourn, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 6JD. Mr Jones registered in 1949.

Jones On 19 November 2001, Lindsay Carroll Jones, MRPharmS, of PO Box 1877, Woden Act 2606, Australia. Mr Jones registered in 1962.

Lake On 26 July 2001, John Ernest Lake, MRPharmS, of The Chasely Trust, South Cliff, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 7JH. Mr Lake registered in 1962.

McElvogue On 11 March, Mary Bridget McElvogue, MRPharmS, of Pharmacy Department, Fazakerley Hospital, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 7AL. Miss McElvogue registered in 1981. (See Tribute.)

McKie On 6 March, William McKie, MRPharmS, of 24 West End Terrace, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 0HB. Mr McKie registered in 1948.

Murphy On 20 February, Cicely Murphy, of 66 Green Acre Park, Mersey Hampton, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5JH. Miss Murphy registered in 1940 and retired from the register in 1996.

Pickup On 16 February, Richard Alan Pickup, MRPharmS, of "Arley", Oldfield Avenue, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 1QY. Mr Pickup registered in 1970.

Prentice Recently, Stanley Reginald Prentice, of Market Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1TS. Mr Prentice registered in 1940 and retired from the register in 1987.

Skea On 28 December 2001, Donald Campbell Skea, MRPharmS, of 7 Taylor Drive, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 4EX. Mr Skea registered in 1938.

Steinsberg On 20 February, Maurice William Steinsberg, MRPharmS, of Flat 2 Tudor Court, 443 Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 2PW. Mr Steinsberg registered in 1947.

Taylor On 1 November 2001, Frederick Albert Taylor, MRPharmS, of 2 Gadeview, Cotteralls, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF. Mr taylor registered in 1934.

Waterhouse On 12 March, Charles Edward Waterhouse, FRPharmS, of "The Spinney", Sweffling, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2BL. Mr Waterhouse registered in 1935 and was director of Huntington Research Centre, Alconbury until his retirement. He was also a director of J. Waterhouse & Co Ltd of Ashton-under-Lyne and a member of the council of the Royal Institute of Chemistry.


Burberry In a tribute to the late Peter Burberry (PJ, 13 April, p517), VALERIE HAYLOR (Ophthalmic Pharmacists Group) writes:

Peter Burberry was a regular attender at meetings of the Ophthalmic Pharmacists Group. He was well liked and easily approachable and always contributed to the meetings.

He represented the group on the "preservation of sterility in eye-drops" working party, which reported last year to the Department of Health.

On a personal note, Peter was a most reliable secretary in 1999 and 2000 when I chaired the group.

On behalf of all members I would like to send sympathy to both family and colleagues. He will be sadly missed.

Collinson In a tribute to the late Susan Elizabeth Collinson, n?e Handley (PJ, 23 March, p414), JOY BECKETT (principal pharmacist, West Cheshire Hospital) and PAM RUSHWORTH (principal pharmacist, medicines information, Countess of Chester Hospital) write:

Sue graduated in 1978 from the University of Manchester and moved to Chester, from Glan Clwyd Hospital, in 1988, to take the post of staff pharmacist for mental health services, which is now called the West Cheshire Hospital.

Sue married Pete Collinson in 1989 and continued to serve at the West Cheshire Hospital until September 1996, with time out for the birth of her two children Simon and Helen.

In late 1996, she moved to the Countess of Chester Hospital as dispensary manager and during that time she established the pharmacy shop and provision of a clinical pharmacy service to the orthopaedic wards. Latterly, she was the local co-ordinator for preregistration training and project manager for Investors in People on behalf of the pharmacy department.

In 1999, Sue started the clinical pharmacy diploma at Keele University and spent hours early in the morning and late at night surfing the internet in research for her studies. Unfortunately she became seriously ill with lymphoma in August 2001 and was unable to complete the examination, but such was the calibre of her work, she was awarded her diploma on her course work alone.

Sue never missed a challenge. She was cheerful, dynamic and popular. She worked hard and was always supportive to friends and colleagues. Sue treated everyone the same, from consultant to cleaner; she spoke and acted with respect whatever their walk of life.

She loved life and was active in the department's social life, winning the quiz trophy, scoring goals in the pharmacy five-a-side football team and participating, with her family, in our rounders matches.

During her illness her attitude was always positive and her cheerfulness shone through the many problems and setbacks. She was an example to us all. The pharmacy department has lost a good friend and the hospital has lost a good pharmacist.

Our sympathy goes out to her husband Pete and children Simon and Helen.


I first met Sue Handley in August 1979 when we started work as newly qualified pharmacists together at York District Hospital. We soon became good friends and shared many happy times. I moved to Blackpool to work and Sue to Wales, but we were always visiting and sharing holidays. I persuaded Sue to join the National Association of Women Pharmacists and we attended many weekend schools together.

After a whirlwind romance Sue married Peter Collinson in 1989 and they had two lovely children, Simon and Helen. Sue continued her hospital career in Chester and successfully managed work and family life. Sue looked after the DIY and Pete the cooking!

Sue was struck down by illness tragically young but fought it bravely to the end. All her friends and colleagues will miss her greatly. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Pete and the children.

Dudley In a tribute to the late Robert Douglas Dudley (PJ, 23 March, p414), Anne Mishon, with James B. Semple, writes:

This tribute is unusual in that we never met Rob Dudley in person. We did, however, count him among our close colleagues in spite of a great divergence of age and experience — James being an aspiring younger independent pharmacist from Scotland and myself a retired pharmacist from London, now living in France. How then, did we both come to feel his loss so greatly? The internet, of course — that is, the internet in general and Private-Rx in particular.

We "knew" Rob for about a year, possibly less, and yet in that time he demonstrated to us his devotion to his family first and his profession a close second. He showed himself, in that short time, to be perceptive, humanitarian, well informed and particularly articulate.

Rob was an excellent communicator, and for me, and here I cannot speak for others, there was a rapport which will be very hard to replace.

For pharmacy the loss will also be great. At the time of his death Rob was engaged in pharmacy practice research at an innovative walk-in centre near his home in the Wirrall. The data collection of his project was complete and he and his collaborators were about to commence the write-up, hopefully with a view to publication.

Our sympathies go out to his family and much loved wife. We will miss him too.

Hargreaves In a tribute to the late Richard Hargreaves, VICTOR HAMMOND writes:

My first contact with Richard Hargreaves was when a number of colleagues who served with medical trooping parties on troopships in the 1939?45 war mentioned his name. The majority of them were part of 3 Company Royal Army Medical Corps based in Liverpool during the war. Eventually, I traced him living in Oakland, California in 1992. (His letter in reply to me arrived the day after the Los Angeles earthquake. I did not see any reports of it having affected his area.) Since Richard had served with 12th General Hospital at Ormskirk, I suspected that he must have known my present home town of Southport.

It is a real regret that I was still immersed in pharmacy when I visited San Francisco in 1979. I had not begun work on my book and I did not know of his address and the fact that he then worked in a pharmacy in San Francisco. It was as a result of this late contact that in my book, 'Pack up your medicines' that was about to be published, I could not include the details of his RAMC service that he gave to me.

McElvogue In a tribute to the late Mary Bridget McElvogue (see p590), MARGARET NORVAL (chief pharmacist, University Hospital Aintree), writes:

Mary McElvogue worked as the dispensary manager at University Hospital Aintree in Liverpool from June 1997 until her untimely death in March. Mary had also worked at Salford Royal Hospital and for Gloucester Health Authority. She undertook her preregistration training with Boots The Chemists and worked at various Boots branches in Glasgow for eight years.

Mary was very proud to be a pharmacist. She ran the dispensary with calm efficiency and scrupulous fairness. Mary's contributions to the pharmacy were many and varied. She instigated new procedures to reduce the potential for error in a busy dispensary and worked hard to introduce accredited checking technicians.

Although Mary suffered from severe asthma, she never allowed it to affect her work. Her faith was very important to her and she was devoted to her family.

Her sudden death came as a great shock to her family, friends and colleagues. We offer our deepest sympathy to her mother, brothers, and sisters.

Memorial service A memorial service for Mary McElvogue will take place on Wednesday 22 May at 1pm, in the Olivia Thomas Suite, University Hospital Aintree, Lower Lane, Liverpool L9 7AL.

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