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A tribute to John Richardson

In tribute to the late John Richardson (PJ, 7 June 2014, p589), MIALL E JAMES, FRPharmS, writes: My old friend John Richardson who died recently was, although a modest, unassuming man, at one time one of the best known people in pharmacy. This was because he developed what was, in the late 1980s, probably the most widely used pharmacy computer system.

I first met John when we were both at Sunderland; his ‘digs’ were across the road from mine and we were both courting girls at the Teacher Training College.

We went our separate ways but kept in touch through our wives. John went to manage a pharmacy in Shropshire then bought one in that county. During an interim between jobs he spent time and effort helping one of our wives’ friends, whose pharmacist husband had let her down.

In the early 1980s, in response to the requirement for labels to be typed or machine printed, John developed the system that became the brand leader. I recall visiting the Richardson’s house in the early 1980s and seeing a garage around which were a dozen or so Video Genies in various stages of dis- and re-assembly.

In the early 1990s John became embroiled in a copyright dispute with a former employee and, in a judgement that has since been questioned, lost. As a result he sold the company and retired to enjoy his family and his garden and support his wife in her various community activities.

Sadly his health deteriorated and recently he had both a heart attack and a stroke. At his funeral there was standing room only in the crematorium and he was well thought of in his community.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20065336

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