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Gerald Humphrey Douglas (Death notice)

Gerald Humphrey Douglas, MRPharmS died on 5 December 2008

On 5 December 2008, Gerald Humphrey Douglas, MRPharmS, aged 63, of 1 Wellington Hill West, Bristol BS9 4SP.

Mr Douglas registered in 1969 and was managing director of Ideal Chemists Ltd.


JIM BARKER writes:

It was a shock to all of us from our year of ’68 at the Welsh School of Pharmacy to hear of the recent death of Gerry Douglas. So how did I meet probably my best friend?

The first day in Cardiff, knowing no one, I looked around for a friendly face. “Jim from Bristol.” “Gerry from Wolverhampton.” And I thus began a wonderful three years at college among many other friends. Gerry had first struck me as a studious looking guy with glasses who would want to know the way to the library.

We eventually found it in the third term just in time for exams. In the meantime we discovered every bar in the centre of Cardiff and discussed every subject under the sun as well as joining in all the social life of the college. We left Cardiff reluctantly and returned to our respective homes followed some years later by my move to St Ives.

A while later I received a call from Gerry. Did I know anything about Ideal Chemists? There was an advert for managing director, which Gerry had found intriguing and might be worth an interview — of course he would not take the job.

A second call told me that he was meeting the present managing director to discuss the job and since I was visiting family in Bristol at the time, we looked around the Ideal shops in the morning. No, he would not take the job. A third call announced a second interview with the board — again he was not taking the job.

The final telephone call wanted to know about schools and houses in Bristol — he had taken the job. Gerry’s ambition had been to buy his own pharmacy and now he had control of a group. He remained with Ideal for the remainder of his career.

We regularly kept in touch, with Gerry always being my first contact if I had a difficult pharmaceutical query. Over the years these ranged from the supply of Chinese herbs on the NHS to the opening of a nearby health centre. I always got good, objective advice, since Gerry always thought before he spoke, a habit I have never fully developed.

The family was always Gerry’s first love and our thoughts are with Franca, Ann and Ian at this time. We from the year of ’68 will miss him badly too. He was a great friend and we had some wonderful times together.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043876

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