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John Buckles

John studied for a BSc degree in pharmacy at the University of Manchester in the early 1950s. After graduation with a Division 1 degree, he registered as a pharmacist in 1955 and started carrying out research in pharmaceutical chemistry for an MSc degree at the same university. During this time, John also taught in the pharmacy department’s laboratories.

He left the university to take up a teaching post in science at Hutton Grammar School, which was accepted as an alternative to two years’ national service as there was a shortage of science teachers in schools at the time. He returned to teaching pharmacy in the 1960s, when he took up a lectureship in pharmaceutics in the pharmacy department of Liverpool Polytechnic, which later became Liverpool John Moores University. John joined Pauline Jones’ and Brian Edwards’ teaching courses in pharmaceutics and the practice of pharmacy, and was an able and gifted teacher who was always prepared to spend time helping students.

John brought a number of innovations into the various courses he tought, and was a much-appreciated colleague over the next 25 years. He also actively participated in continuing education courses for practising pharmacists in the Mersey region. He always kept in touch with pharmacy practice by carrying out locum work on Saturdays and on holidays throughout his career, in pharmacies around Preston.

Outside of pharmacy, he had a good tenor voice and regularly sang in a choir. He was very proud of his two daughters, one of who became a physiotherapist and the other a senior nurse, and of his son who went into school teaching and later became a school bursar for many years. He greatly enjoyed being involved with his grandchildren, who were all very fond of him. John was devoted to his wife Ethel and he suffered a terrible blow when she died of an acute asthma attack in 1991. He never really got over his loss.

John will be remembered with affection by his former colleagues and students at the Liverpool School of Pharmacy during the 25 years he taught there.


Brian Edwards and Pauline Jones 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2020.20207526

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