It was with great sadness that I learned of the sudden and untimely death of my friend Graeme Millar.
Graeme graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, in 1977 and completed his preregistration year at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh in 1978. His pharmaceutical interest was in community pharmacy. He and his wife Fay, also a pharmacist, purchased their first pharmacy in 1979. They made a great success of their business and eventually expanded it with a further three pharmacies in Edinburgh.
Graeme was a skilled communicator and was ambitious, not only for himself, but also for his profession. He was elected chair of the Scottish Pharmaceutical General Council (now Community Pharmacy Scotland) where he played a key role in modernising the Scottish community pharmacy contract, which his successors have continued to build on. He remained in post until 1994 when he sold his pharmacies. However, he continued to maintain his interest in pharmacy and, in 1998, became chair of the Scottish Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical of Scotland. He was also conferred a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
Graeme was a man of many parts and after moving on from community pharmacy, he continued to serve the Scottish NHS where he undertook a number of non-executive roles as vice chair of Lothian Health Board, chair of the Edinburgh Sick Children’s Hospital Trust and chair of the Scottish Common Services Agency.
Outwith the NHS, Graeme had a great interest in consumer protection and held a number of appointments in the area of food standards and was chair of the Scottish Consumers Council. Graeme was honoured with a CBE in 2006 for services to health and consumers. He also supported many charities, particularly those that were health related.
Graeme undertook any role with infectious enthusiasm, whether in health or in the numerous business interests he had in the private sector.
He was interested in golf and rugby, and was delighted to have been appointed as a non-executive director of the Scottish Rugby Union from 2006–2008.
In 2006, Graeme became an Honorary Professor at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
His friends enjoyed his company and sense of humour; he will be sadly missed by all. My condolences to his wife Fay and his three sons Alistair, Lewis and Ross.
Bill Scott FRPharmS
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2020.20208293
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