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Tribute to Thomas Geoffrey Booth

As lead of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) West Yorkshire local practice forum (LPF), which covers the area of the previous Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) Yorkshire regional committee, I would like to pay tribute to our colleague, Geoff Booth, who played a pivotal role for many years as an RPSGB member of council, RPSGB president and past president.

Geoff was a gentleman in every sense of the word and all who knew him respected him highly for his wise counsel, integrity and leadership in the Yorkshire region — he was a true legend.

On a personal note he was an excellent member of the RPSGB council, often acting as a mentor to new members, including myself, who followed him in his role on the regional committee. He conducted serious council business with true Yorkshire grit and a sense of humour, both at the RPSGB headquarters in Lambeth and in Yorkshire.

As one of his former students when he was a professor teaching at the University of Bradford, I can vouch for the fact that he was greatly respected and loved by his students for his generosity and care. He inspired a generation of pharmacists to be the best pharmacists they could be, many of whom will be greatly saddened, as I am, at the news of his passing.

He was my role model and indeed I would not have been able to develop my career in community pharmacy, education and pharmacy politics without his mentorship and support over many years. He will be missed by the Yorkshire region and all colleagues who knew him locally and nationally. Our thoughts are with his wife, Mary, at this time.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2016.20201854

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  • Prof Geoff Booth' was an inspiration and role model to me as a young academic when he acted as external examiner for the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Pharmacy at King's College London. I always remember how proud he was that the emergency supply legislation had been introduced when he was president of RPSGB and how he always asked a question about it. My thoughts are with his family.

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