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Tribute to Ian Caldwell

I was very sorry to hear of the death of my friend and colleague Ian Caldwell. Ian qualified in 1960 and for many years ran a pharmacy in Abbeyhill Street, Glasgow. Ian became a member of the Scottish Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and subsequently was elected to the Society’s Council. He served for two years as vice president to the late Ann Lewis, and subsequently was elected president of the Society for 1996–1997.

For much of his time on Council, we served together and became firm friends, often socialising after Council business was done at the Caledonian Club, the home from home for Scots in London. Always good company and with a sensible and pragmatic view of what was possible and what was not in pharmacy, he often gave short and pithy measure to some of the dafter ideas that were occasionally floated.

One great delight was to turn up at an international FIP conference in some far flung corner of the world, and be guaranteed to find Ian already ensconced in the bar and holding forth on some matter of pharmacy politics, national, international, or otherwise. In retirement he took an interest in the history of pharmacy, gaining an MPhil, and he served as a lay member on the governing body for clinical psychology.

For many years Ian endured the discomfort of a chronic illness. He fought the disease with great courage and fortitude and had remained very active until a collapse a week or two before his death.

Many of us, both in Scotland and in the wider profession, have lost a great servant of pharmacy as well as a faithful and congenial friend. Our thoughts are with his wife Anne, his daughter Carol and family.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20068002

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