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Tribute to Thomas Geoffrey Booth

I first met Geof Booth nearly 50 years ago when I was a new undergraduate at the University of Bradford and he was one of the senior lecturers.

Over the years we became friends and, although we had since lost touch, I still owe him a great debt of gratitude. Like so many in the late 1960s, he was a pharmacist teaching pharmacy from a background of ‘chalk face’ experience because he also ran a pharmacy business while teaching dispensing and pharmacy practice.

In those days, dispensing meant “making things” and we were well taught by Dr Booth. He had a particular party piece whereby he would place a small piece of plasticine under the balance pan to ensure you zeroed the balance before weighing. Several of us found that, while making Brompton Cocktail, a strong painkiller and sedative, half a jar of cocaine appeared to weigh 100mg merely because we had failed to spot the change to the balance.

Geof was a kind and thoughtful man whose aim in life was to get the very best out of his students. His support for newly qualified graduates was endless and his contribution to the profession and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), of which he was immensely proud, should not be forgotten.

He was president of the RPS for two terms and one of his proudest moments was to welcome the conference to his native Yorkshire during his presidency.

With his passing the profession has lost one of its greatest ambassadors. He will be missed by the many pharmacists who were privileged to have him as a mentor and teacher and those of us who considered him a friend.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20202081

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