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Tribute to Thomas Geoffrey Booth

Geof (the way he preferred it to be spelled) Booth was one of the loveliest people I’ve ever had the privilege of being taught by and subsequently working for. A hugely significant figure in pharmacy practice research, his was the first pharmacy practice unit, which he set up in the late 1960s at the University of Bradford school of pharmacy. He led the unit for many years and was made a professor in 1988.

It was Geof’s passion for practice research that kindled my interest, first in a preregistration project and then through encouragement to study for a PhD in 1982 at a time when there were no PhD students in pharmacy practice resarch. Geof was a longstanding member of the (then) Pharmaceutical Society’s Council, including being president between 1985 and 1987.

He was an incredibly kind, thoughtful and wise man with a mischievous sense of humour who put pharmacy practice research on the map. Geof made time for people and I and many others have so much to thank him for.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2016.20201889

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